PMS Quiz
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PMS Quiz

Cravings, irritability, fatigue: These are some of the most familiar PMS symptoms. Take our quiz to see how well you know PMS.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a risk factor for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?

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The correct answer is: Risk factors for PMS include a family history of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), age, previous anxiety or depression and other mental problems (which could lead to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)).

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

When does PMS typically begin?

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The correct answer is: Most symptoms of PMS begin within 10 days of the start of your period.

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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 periods and end 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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True or false: Menstrual cramps or pains are the same thing as PMS.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While menstrual cramps and pains are often associated with PMS, they're actually two different things. Many women with PMS have completely pain-free periods and many women who have severe cramping have no premenstrual symptoms at all.

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Which of the following are physical symptoms of PMS?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition, abdominal cramping, acne and cold sores, appetite change, backache, breast tenderness, constipation or diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, frequent urination and headaches are all signs of PMS.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can gain up to 10 pounds when you have PMS.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While weight gain is a symptom of PMS, you'll typically gain no more than five pounds.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of PMS?

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The correct answer is: Wanting to be left alone is an emotional symptom of PMS. Other emotional symptoms of PMS include aggression, anxiety, depression or sadness, irritability, mood swings, poor concentration, forgetfulness and tension.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which tea 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 to 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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Which of the following foods can reduce your PMS symptoms?

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The correct answer is: A large study in New York found that PMS sufferers who took 1,200 mg per day of calcium carbonate had half as many symptoms after three monthly cycles. Take a calcium supplement or load up on calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon and broccoli to reduce your PMS symptoms.

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How can you limit food cravings during PMS?

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The correct answer is: To avoid cravings, eat smaller meals, more often.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking coffee can curb PMS symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Symptoms like irritability, tension or breast soreness could actually be triggered by caffeine. Cutting down on or eliminating coffee reduces the stress response and promotes more stable blood sugar and mood. If you normally consume a lot of caffeine, taper your reduction to avoid caffeine-withdrawal headaches.

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Which vitamin reduces PMS symptoms?

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The correct answer is: The B's have it. Researchers recently analyzed the diets of more than 1,000 women who suffered from PMS and compared their diets to the diets of women who were PMS-free. The results showed that high intakes of thiamin (vitamin B1) and riboflavin (vitamin B2), both found in spinach, appeared to reduce the risk of PMS symptoms by 35 percent.

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True or false: Eating sushi can reduce PMS symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is true — as long as the sushi contains tuna. Just one serving of tuna supplies 38 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B1.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which spice may help relieve PMS symptoms?

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The correct answer is: In one small study, 75 percent of women who took big capsules of saffron cut their PMS symptoms in half. But saffron capsules are pricey and hard to come by, so try swapping out your salt with saffron the next time you season chicken, fish, rice or veggies.

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Which of the following can help relieve swollen breasts from PMS?

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The correct answer is: According to Dr. Oz, all of the above are ways to relieve breast swelling prior to menstruation.

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True or false: Your metabolism increases with PMS.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Your metabolism increases 10 to 15 percent when you're PMS-ing, usually around three days before your period starts. This is because estrogen and progesterone are at their peak, causing an increase in metabolism, particularly from fat. Eat a small snack full of protein and carbs to decrease your cravings.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods can combat PMS-induced bloating?

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The correct answer is: Dr. Oz says 200 mg of magnesium daily can reduce fluid retention and bloating. Magnesium-rich foods like navy beans or unsalted pumpkin seeds are a good source of this mineral. Two cups of navy beans will provide you with 200 mg of magnesium, and one handful of pumpkin seeds has just under 200 mg.

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True or false: PMS tends to get worse as a woman ages.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As you get older, you have less progesterone. That makes it more difficult to tolerate PMS. Birth control pills, Vitamin D and exercise are three ways to combat PMS.

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How long should you keep a record of your symptoms to better understand your PMS?

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The correct answer is: Record your symptoms in a journal for at least three months. You may be able to tolerate PMS when you can see that your symptoms are short-lived. Or, you can take your symptoms to your doctor for a better understanding of your PMS.

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True or false: Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants for the more severe, emotional symptoms of PMS.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Antidepressants are used to treat some severe emotional symptoms of PMS. Other treatments your doctor may recommend are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease cramps and breast tenderness, natural progesterone therapy or a medroxyprogesterone acetate injection, which can temporarily stop ovulation and menstruation in severe cases.

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