Bumper Menopause Quiz

menopause signsMenopause can be a time of great physical, psychological and emotional changes that can overwhelm you if you don’t know what to expect. If you`re close to menopause age, or already going through it, the more information your have the better you will manage the transition.

Once you`ve completed all 26 questions, go to the bottom of the page  for the answers:


1 At approximately what age can you expect menopause to begin?
a) 46
b) 57
c) 51
d) Anywhere over 35

2 Which of the following, can cause premature menopause?
a) Smoking
b) Drinking alcohol
c) Being overweight
d) Being underweight

3 Spotting or bleeding after menopause is normal:
a) True
b) False

4 Which of the following can help control the symptoms of menopause?
a) Healthy lifestyle
b) Adequate exercise
c) Good food choices
d) All of the above

5 Symptoms of menopause usually start suddenly without warning:
a) True
b) False

6 Which of these hormones do the ovaries eventually stop producing?
a) Estrogen
b) Progesterone
c) Both

7 How much bone loss per year can you expect in the first 5 years after menopause?
a) 3-5%
b) 11-15%
c) 1-2%%
d) 6-10%

8 Why does hormone production decline during menopause?
a) Women run out of eggs
b) Reason is not yet known
c) The uterus loses it`s effectiveness
d) Fallopian tubes lose their effectivensss

9 All menopausal women should be on hormone therapy:
a) True
b) False

10 Menopause is:
a) A purely physical change
b) The cause of depression
c) A natural stage of development
d) A pain

11 A diet rich in what may help control menopausal symptoms?
a) Fruit and vegetables
b) Dairy roducts
c) Lean meat
d) Soya products

12 What test can help determine whether a woman is starting menopause?
a) FSH
b) Perimenopause
c) Estrogen
d) Progesteron

13 What are the most serious side effects of menopause?
a) Cancer
b) Heart disease and osteoporosis
c) Thrombosis
d) Arthritis

14 What is the first symptom of menopause?
a) Hot flashes
b) Missed periods
c) It`s different for every woman
d) Weight gain

15 Menopause can increase the chances of suffering with:
a) Bowel disorders
b) Cancer
c) Urinary infection
d) Conjunctivitis

16 Which of these may trigger hot flashes?
a) Caffeine
b) Alcohol
c) Spicy foods
d) All of them

17 If you have experienced sleep disturbances, it will improve after menopause:
a) True
b) False

18 Synthetic estrogen, is more controversial than natural estrogen. Why?
a) Synthetic is approximately 100 more potent
b) It`s possible side effects are widely known
c) Due to the way it is produced
d) the body does not readily accept it

19 What would be the best way to strengthen bones?
a) Weight bearing excercises
b) Good intake of calcium
c) Adequate sleep
d) All of them

20 How long should a women over 50 continue using birth control?
a) It isn`t necessary
b) 1 – 3 months
c) 12 months
d) 6 months

21 In the U.S it is required that a warning be placed on all estrogen products aimed at post-menopausal women. This is to highlight the increased risk of:
a) Breast cancer
b) Stroke
c) Heart attacks
d) All of them

22 Typically, how many menopausal women experience hot flashes?
a) 75%
b) 100%
c) 50%
d) 25%

23 How many stages of menopause are there?
a) One
b) Two
c) Three
d) Four

24 With abrupt onset of menopause, such as after a hysterectomy, symptoms are typically more severe:
a) True
b) False

25 Bio-identical hormone therapy is for women who:
a) Want a natural alternative to synthetic hormone therapy
b) Have had a hysterectomy
c) Experienced early menopause
d) Post menopausal women

26 How does a woman know she has gone through menopause?
a) Her skin is dryer
b) She hasn`t had a period for 12 months
c) All her symptoms have stopped
d) She just knows

1 c The onset of menopause varies from woman to woman – as do the symptoms.
Some women enter menopause in their mid 30`s, a few in their late 50`s. However,
most women experience menopause during their early 50`s.
2 a Statistics tell us that women who smoke may go through menopause a year earlier
than women who don’t.
3 b Unless you`re on hormone therapy, it’s not normal to experience bleeding after
menopause. Professional help should be sought as a precautionary measure.
4 d Medication is not always necessary to control menopausal symptoms and they
can often be managed by taking a more natural approach.
5 b Symptoms usually begin gradually as the body goes through various hormonal
6 c The levels of both hormones decrease throughout menopause. This causes the
associated symptoms, such as fatigue, mood swings and hot flashes
7 a Bone loss can result in reduced height, weight gain and osteoporosis. It`s vital to
maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to protect the bones as much as possible.
8 b The cause of hormonal decline is, as yet, unknown, although it is known that the
decline begins in a woman`s mid to late thirties.
9 b While some women have great results from traditional(synthetic) forms of
hormone therapy, others prefer to seek out a more natural approach to managing their
10 c Yes, it brings huge changes, but menopause is a natural progression from one
stage of a woman`s life, to the next. And as more is discovered about it, more options
are available to manage and control most symptoms.
11 d There has been some evidence that consuming soya products can have positive
effects on menopausal symptoms. This is due to the mild estrogenic effect of soya.
12 a The amount of Follicle Stimulating Hormone in the blood will be tested to give
an indication if a woman is in or about to enter menopause.
13 b Be sensible about your lifestyle and pay particular attention to your eating and
exercise routing. Don’t leave your health to chance.
14 c There is no standard menopause. Symptoms, their regularity and intensity will
be different for each woman.
15 c Urinary infections are one of the more unpleasant symptoms of menopause due
to the fluctuation of certain hormones.
16 d There are several things that may trigger a hot flash and these are the main
culprits. Keep a diary and you will be able to identify yours.
17 b Unfortunately, sleep disturbances, often worsen as menopause progresses.
Night sweats can leave you drenched, tired and irritable. If your sleep is suffering,
seek help as to the alternative remedies available.
18 a There has been a lot of interest and concern in recent years regarding the safety
of synthetic estrogen. Do your homework on what is available and discuss your
issues with your health professional.
19 d Working with light weights is a great way to maintain bone density as is
ensuring an adequate amount of calcium and good quality sleep.
20 c It is unlikely that you will fall pregnant if you are of menopause age, but there is
always the possibility.
21 d The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s warning on all estrogen products, is
to highlight the increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks, stroke and breast cancer.
22 a The hot flash – of flush – is the most common symptom of menopause and can
vary in occurrence from several times an hour to once a week.
23 c Menopause is divided into peri-menopause, menopause and post menopause.
24 a The exact reason is unknown, but abrupt transition into menopause is often
linked to more severe menopausal symptoms.
25 a Whereas traditional hormone therapy is typically derived from the urine of a
pregnant mare, bio-identical therapy is plant based and made up to suit each patients
individual needs.
26 b If you experience bleeding or spotting after 12 months, seek medical advice.

From my experience, most women manage to get around 30% of these questions right.
And they admit to guessing half of those! But that`s ok.
Now that you know a little more about menopause, your job is to become an expert on the process, the symptoms and the treatments available.