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You know the signs and symptoms of your period -- but how well do you really know your monthly visitor? Take our quiz to find out.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is the average age for menstruation to begin?

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The correct answer is: The average age for the beginning of menstruation in the United States is 12. For many girls, the appearance of breast growth indicates that menstruation will begin within two years.

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How many periods will a woman have in her lifetime?

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The correct answer is: Most women will have 450 menses in their lifetimes.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

At what age does PMS become worse in women?

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The correct answer is: PMS becomes more common as women age through their 30s, and symptoms sometimes get worse over time. Other risk factors for PMS include family history, anxiety or depression, lack of exercise, high stress, a diet low in vitamin B6, calcium or magnesium and high caffeine intake.

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When does PMS usually end?

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The correct answer is: PMS typically occurs one to two weeks before your period and ends one to three days after you start bleeding. PMS can affect menstruating women of any age, and is different for each woman.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these teas can help relieve cramps, tense muscles and backaches?

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The correct answer is: Herbal teas, such as chamomile, mint, raspberry or blackberry, may help relax tense muscles and alleviate anxious moods. Not into tea? Try taking a warm bath, using a heating pad or getting a good massage.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following statements is true?

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The correct answer is: It is important that women have a period at least every three to four months (while they are not trying to become pregnant) to avoid the possibility of developing a thickened lining of their uterus, which can be a risk for developing uterine cancer.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these dips could help ease menstrual problems?

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The correct answer is: Certain foods can improve endocrine function, which provides healthy and balanced hormones. Healthy fats such as avocado and salmon, foods that are high in fiber such as flax seeds and whole grains, and foods that are high in calcium and magnesium such as leafy greens are all great for menstruation. These foods make the brain, intestines and liver work well together to keep hormones at optimal levels.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What is considered heavy bleeding?

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The correct answer is: Changing a pad or tampon every hour for three or more hours (or more than five times a day) is considered heavy bleeding, which may be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as uterine cancer, and merits checking with your doctor.

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True or false: Painful cramping during menstruation could signal fertility problems.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Painful cramping during menstruation may be a sign of potential fertility issues. One of the most common causes of painful cramping is endometriosis, which can cause scarring, adhesions and blockages that prevent the sperm from reaching the egg, or prevent a fertilized egg from traveling to the uterus. Sometimes, however, painful cramps are not related to endometriosis or other causes of infertility and are simply a nuisance that occurs on a monthly basis.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

When might a tampon become unsafe?

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The correct answer is: Tampons are safe if you use them correctly. That means: Don’t leave them in longer than four to eight hours, and if you sleep with them in, use the lowest absorbency possible. Wearing a tampon for too long could cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a rare but dangerous problem.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What should you eat while on your period to combat fatigue?

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The correct answer is: If you are feeling fatigue and weakness during your period, it may be associated with a temporary drop in iron levels associated with your menstrual cycle. Iron can be found in red meats, most legumes such as kidney, lima, pinto, navy, black and soybeans, dark greens such as collard greens, kale and spinach, tofu and certain veggies such as broccoli, Swiss chard, asparagus, watercress and Brussels sprouts.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Is it okay to use scented panty liners?

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The correct answer is: Stay away from scented panty liners. Ingredients used in the fragrance can be irritants and can mimic the signs of a yeast infection, causing redness or itchiness, and occasionally a discharge.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) include . . .

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The correct answer is: All of the above. While using a tampon, if you have any of the above symptoms, as well as a sudden high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness and/or fainting or a sore throat, remove the tampon immediately and call your doctor.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Rats: Your period has shown up unexpectedly. What should you do?

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The correct answer is: Many women have to pull a MacGyver when their period shows up unexpectedly. And while it's okay to use toilet paper as a makeshift pad, you won't want to use it as a tampon because the minute it gets moist it will fall apart, which could cause bacterial growth and irritation.

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True or false: Women with severe menstrual cramps may have stronger uterine contractions than women experience while giving birth.

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The correct answer is: Some studies show that women with severe menstrual cramps have stronger uterine contractions than women have when giving birth. If you suffer from severe cramping, it may be the result of a serious gynecological problem, such as a uterine fibroid tumor, endometriosis or a pelvic infection.

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True or false: A heating pad can be just as effective for relieving cramps as an OTC medication.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A heating pad placed against the lower abdomen is one of the simplest cures for mild menstrual cramps. It works as effectively as an OTC medication.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following could cause abnormally heavy periods (menorrhagia)?

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The correct answer is: Menorrhagia can be caused by a nonhormonal intrauterine device (IUD). If you are experiencing heavy periods, talk to your doctor. It might be something easily treatable, or it could be caused by disease or genetic defects that cannot be prevented.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What could put an end to a woman's painful periods?

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The correct answer is: Primary dysmenorrhea (most likely caused by too much activity of certain hormone-like chemicals) can improve after childbirth. However, secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by medical conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease, and will not improve after pregnancy. Talk to your doctor to discuss pain relief options that will work for you.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

It is normal to see blood clots in your menstrual flow. But clots could be a sign of abnormal bleeding if they're bigger than which coin?

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The correct answer is: It is normal to see small blood clots in your period; they may be small pieces of the endometrium. If the clots are larger than a quarter, however, they could be a sign of abnormal bleeding.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following statements is true?

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The correct answer is: A woman's cycle tends to shorten and become more regular with age. Most of the time, periods will be in the range of 21 to 35 days apart.

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