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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What can help relieve mild menstrual cramps?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. To relieve mild menstrual cramps, you can take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, place a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower back or abdomen, avoid foods that contain caffeine, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol and massage your lower back and abdomen. Additionally, women who exercise regularly often have less menstrual pain.

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True or false: Birth control can help relieve severe menstrual cramps.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Birth control pills suppress ovulation and thin out your uterus lining; both the egg sac and the uterine lining are sources of the pain and cramps. Ask your doctor if this is right for you.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What can cause irregular periods?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Many normal (and abnormal) conditions can cause irregular periods. Talk to your doctor if your periods aren't regular.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

When does ovulation occur during your menstrual cycle?

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The correct answer is: Ovulation usually occurs anywhere between days 11 and 21 of your cycle. Most women have a menstrual cycle that is 28 to 32 days long.

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What causes vaginal discharge?

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The correct answer is: The answer is both. Vaginal discharge without odor or discomfort can be normal and often happens when you are ovulating. But vaginal discharge that is new or different, and combined with another symptom such as pain or cramping, should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. It may be caused by an infection that needs treatment.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which type of IUD, when removed, results in regular periods right away?

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The correct answer is: There are two types of IUDs currently available. One is the copper IUD, which, when removed, usually results in regular menstrual cycles. The progesterone IUD may require two to three months before re-establishing normal menses.

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True or false: It's normal for a woman to ejaculate.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some women ejaculate every time they have an orgasm while other women are not able to. No one really knows why, but it's considered to relate to G-spot stimulation during orgasm.

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True or false: A Brazilian bikini wax makes you more prone to vaginal infections.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It is absolutely safe to get a Brazilian bikini wax, which removes the hair from your front, back and bottom. There are some products you can put on your fragile and sensitive skin to prevent post-wax pimples. If you are going to go Brazilian, make sure the wax is clean, not used on someone else and not too hot.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How can you prevent ingrown hairs from shaving in the bikini area?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. An ingrown hair occurs when a hair is either broken or cut off at the very surface of the skin with a razor. The hair can grow back at an angle and miss the opening of the follicle, curl back around and become captured under the skin. By exfoliating the top of the area, not pushing down too hard and using a new razor, you can help prevent ingrown hairs.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which contraceptive device can increase your chances of getting a yeast infection?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A yeast infection is caused by a fungus called yeast or candida that is normally found in your mouth, vagina and anus. Sometimes the amount of yeast in your body may get out of control and cause an infection. You may be more likely to get a yeast infection if you take birth control pills, or use a diaphragm, contraceptive sponge or IUD.

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True or false: You should treat a chronic yeast infection with over-the-counter medications.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A chronic yeast infection requires more aggressive treatment. Your doctor will probably prescribe an oral antifungal known as fluconazole (Diflucan) or a two-week regimen of vaginal antifungal cream or suppositories. You might have to follow a continuing schedule of antifungal pills to prevent the infection from reoccurring.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Who is more likely to develop a urinary tract infection?

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The correct answer is: A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria invade any part of the urinary tract, particularly the urethra or urinary bladder. Some experts say more than half of all women will have a UTI at some point. Men do not commonly get UTIs unless they have enlarged prostates.

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True or false: Cranberry juice can help prevent a urinary tract infection.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Recent research shows that cranberry juice is not effective for urinary tract infections. Instead, as a prevention technique, stay hydrated by drinking between six to eight glasses of water a day. Also wear cotton underpants, urinate before and after sex, wipe from front to back and shower daily.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should wash the inside of your vagina.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Most doctors say it's best to let your vagina clean itself, which it does naturally by producing mucous. Regular washing with warm water and mild soap during baths and showers will keep the outside of the vagina clean and healthy. Healthcare providers recommend not using douches.

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True or false: Wearing thong underwear can be unhealthy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Thong underwear has been linked to bacterial vaginosis, a condition caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Douching, soaking in hot tubs and using feminine deodorant sprays may also increase the risk.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Where are the muscles that Kegel exercises help tighten?

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The correct answer is: Kegel exercises tighten the vagina by causing contractions of the muscles of the pelvic floor, which support the vagina and uterus. Kegel exercises are typically held for five seconds and then released and repeated several times.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Why do women pee so much more frequently than men?

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The correct answer is: Contrary to popular belief, women don't have much smaller bladders than men. One of the main reasons women have to urinate more than men is because the uterus pushes on the bladder, causing the feeling that you have to go to the bathroom.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What foods or drinks can stimulate an overactive bladder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Acidic foods including spicy and citrus foods, as well as alcoholic beverages, can stimulate the need for more frequent urination.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What makes your vagina hurt after sex?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The vagina can hurt after sex from lack of lubrication, rushing too fast into intercourse, a yeast or bacterial infection or even low estrogen. Further, if sex is new for you or you have not been having sex for a long period of time, it can also take time for the tissue to get used to this activity.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

When is the vagina considered in its "prime"?

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The correct answer is: The vagina changes as a woman ages. During her 30s, a woman's vagina usually has good blood flow and little or no damage yet from childbirth.

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