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Periods Quiz
1. What is a period?
(a) A time when a girls body changes as she grows up
(b) Bleeding through the woman’s vagina
(c) A lesson at school
2. How much blood is lost during the average period?
(a) 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls
(b) 1 to 2 pints
(c) About a cupful
(d) 3 to 5 tablespoons
3. How often do women have periods?
(a) Once a year
(b) Once a month
(c) Once a week
(d) It varies
4. What is used to collect the blood during a period?
(a) Toilet paper
(b) Nothing, it just collects in the knickers
(c) Sanitary towels
(d) Tampons
5. At what age do girls start having periods?
(a) 16 years
(b) 12 years
(c) 8 years
6. Can a woman have sex during her period?
(a) No, it is too painful
(b) Yes
(c) No, her partner will get an infection
7. Can a woman get pregnant if she has sex during her period?
(a) Yes
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(b) No
(c) Maybe
8. Is a period uncomfortable or unpleasant?
(a) No you just feel normal
(b) Yes, always
(c) Sometimes
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Periods Quiz Answers
1. b – This occurs as a result of an egg not being fertilised and is absorbed into female’s body.
That is a signal for hormone levels to drop, which cause the lining of the uterus to be broken down
and passed out through the vagina.
2. d
3. d – The average menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days but can vary a lot – between 21 and 40
days. Every woman’s cycle is different.
4. c and d – it’s important to use the right sanitary protection for you- experiment until you find the
right type and brand for you – whether that be sanitary towels or tampons.
5. a, b or c – Periods can start any time between 8 and 17, sometimes older. It varies from girl to
girl, there is no ‘right’ age to start your period, your body will know when it’s time!
6. b – Yes you can. But as with all things relating to relationships and sexual health, you shouldn’t
feel pressurised into having sex when you don’t want to.
7. c – Although the period is the least fertile stage of the menstrual cycle, sperm can live inside a
woman’s body for up to 7 days, so they may still be present during a more fertile stage, depending
on the length of the cycle
8. c – Woman often get cramps and pain during their period as the uterus expands and contracts.
As hormone levels change, women can also experience mood swings that may be difficult to
control. There are lots of different types of tablets on the market for dealing with period pains.
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