Menopause Quiz

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About This Quiz

How much do you know about menopause? Test your knowledge of menopause with this quiz.

The average age for menopause is:

Most women reach menopause at age 51, but there is a range. However, if menopause is reached naturally or surgically before the age of 40, it is called early menopause.

Why do the ovaries begin to decline in hormone production during the mid-30s?

It's all a part of the life cycle, but scientists have not yet nailed down why reproductive hormone production declines. Beginning in a woman's mid- to late 30s, reproductive hormone production begins to decline, then, the process accelerates and hormones fluctuate more; by the mid-to late 40s, irregular menstrual cycles are common. By the early to mid-50s, periods finally end altogether.

A useful guideline to determine if you have experienced menopause is if:

When you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months, and no other physical conditions are responsible, you are considered menopausal.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now requiring that a new, highlighted (boxed) warning be placed on all estrogen products for use by postmenopausal women. The warning highlights the increased risk for:

Once thought safe for the long-term prevention of osteoporosis and heart disease as well as for the short-term relief of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, the safety of hormone therapy is now under intense study by the federal government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's warning on all estrogen products is the strongest step the FDA can take to warn consumers of the increased risk for heart disease, heart attacks, stroke and breast cancer now associated with these products.

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