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Can You Get A Perfect Score On This Period Quiz?

How much do you really know?

  1. Taking a pain reliever, like ibuprofen, the day before your period can help alleviate cramps.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    True!

    True! According to OB-GYN Dr. Lauren Streicher, associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school, "If you start to take medication the day before you get your period or the minute you see that first drop of blood, not only will it dramatically decrease cramping, but it will also decrease bleeding."

  2. Which of the following could potentially contribute to a missed period?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    All of the above!

    According to OB-GYN Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at Yale School of Medicine, exercise, stress, and weight gain can contribute to missing a period. But if this is something that's constantly happening, be sure to discuss with your OB-GYN.

  3. You can experience fewer PMS symptoms, less blood, and shorter periods by switching to a menstrual cup.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    False

    According to Minkin, there is no scientific proof that switching to a menstrual cup affects your period in these ways.

  4. Passing blood clots on your period is ________

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Normal!

    It's normal! According to Streicher, "Clots mean that you're bleeding heavily, but it's not an indication of a specific problem."

  5. What is the average cycle?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    28 days

    The average cycle is 28 days. However, getting your period every 23 days or every 30 days also falls within a normal limit. If the length of your cycle changes from month to month, that's something to bring up to your doctor.

  6. Do you know what PMS stands for?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Premenstrual syndrome

    PMS stands for premenstrual syndrome.

  7. What is the definition of amenorrhea?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The absence of menstruation

    Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation — one or more missed menstrual periods.

  8. What color blood indicates active bleeding? 

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Red!

    According to Streicher, "Bright red generally means more active bleeding. If it's brown it means it's been sitting around for a while [in the vagina]."

  9. You'll sometimes experience an odor on your period due to vaginal pH levels getting thrown out of whack.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    True

    It's not uncommon to experience some odor during your period, which can happen when your vaginal pH levels are thrown out of whack.

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