Women's Health

Women's Health

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Studies have shown that a woman is more likely to conceive a child around the full moon than during other times of the lunar cycle.

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Approximately what percentage of women experience menstrual cramps?

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What is the follicular phase?

The first phase of the menstrual cycle, starting right after menstruation, during which time an egg matures for ovulation.
The second phase of the menstrual cycle in which an egg is released from the ovaries.
The third phase of the menstrual cycle.
The fourth phase of the menstrual cycle in which the lining of the uterus is shed and passes out through the cervix and the vagina as menstrual discharge.
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Most menstrual cramps are caused by:

The force of the flowing menstrual discharge, as it exits through the vagina, causes internal pain.
As the endometrial lining is shed and a particular hormone is released into the bloodstream, the uterus spasms.
As the endometrial lining is sloughed off the walls of the uterus, certain nerve endings are damaged, and our brains register pain.
Purely psychological distress
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Which of the following is NOT a factor that could contribute to developing osteoporosis?

Insufficient exercise
Vitamin C and Vitamin D deficiency
Cigarette smoking
Diet with a high fat content
Having never borne a child
Not enough calcium in the diet
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In Western society, what is the leading killer of postmenopausal women?

Lung cancer
Heart disease
Breast cancer
Cervical cancer
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What percentage of women experience hot flashes at menopause?

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Which of the following statements concerning Pap smears is NOT true?

The Pap smear was introduced by George Papanicolou in the late 1940's
Pap smears screen for abnormalities from the upper genital tract, the endometrium, the fallopian tubes, the cervix, and the ovaries
Since the introduction of the Pap smear, the incidence of cervical cancer and the death rates from this disease have dropped dramatically.
A Pap smear is taken by scraping a sample of cells from a particular zone in the cervix.
The Pap smear is not perfect-the failure rate to pick up abnormalities in the cervix is about 13%.
Most women should have at least one Pap smear each year.
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Cervical cancer is virtually unknown amongst nuns.

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Which of the following statements about ovaries and eggs is NOT true?

A woman has the greatest number of eggs in her ovaries that she'll ever have (about 20 million) when she is a 21 week-old fetus in her mother's uterus.
After a girl's first period, it takes 2 or 3 years for ovulation to become regular.
At menopause it takes a few years for ovulation to cease altogether.
Ovaries produce hormones--estrogen, progesterone, and androgens
Once menopause sets in, the ovaries become completely nonfunctional and serve no purpose in a woman's body.
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Douching is an excellent feminine hygiene practice.

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Which of the following statements about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is NOT true?

HPV is a virus that can cause venereal warts
HPV is often detected in an abnormal Pap smear.
HPV is very common and at least 50% of the adult population has this virus.
The majority of women with HPV do not develop venereal warts
In some women, HPV is associated with cervical cancer.
Vulvar warts are often stimulated to grow by the hormones released during pregnancy.
A pregnant woman with HPV should seriously consider a cesarean section to prevent transmitting the virus to her baby.
Once a woman has HPV, she has it forever.
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Cervical dysplasia is:

A painful condition in which the uterus shifts around.
The name given to cellular abnormalities of the cervix that are detected by a Pap smear.
A particular zone of the cervix from which a sample of cells is taken during a Pap smear.
A cellular state that precedes invasive cervical cancer.
An infection in the breast, occurring only in breast-feeding women.
The normal narrowing of the cervix with age.
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The best time to perform a breast self examination is:

During menstruation
Right before the menstrual period
Right after the menstrual period
During ovulation
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The word 'vagina' comes from the Latin meaning:

Sheath for a sword
Cave of darkness
Rabbit hole
Inverted penis
Shining jewel
Small home
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