The Menopause Quiz

In our ongoing quest to help answer questions around the hormonal journey, we invite you to take a trip around our menopause game board. Challenge a buddy, and whoever gets the higher score gets to ride the mood swing next.

Take the menopause quiz


  1. True! Until you’ve gone a full year with no periods (which is the definition of “menopause”), you may still be fertile, so continue using birth control until your one-year meno-versary (and yes, we just made that term up).
  2. Wouldn’t that be awesome? But it’s false. The onset of perimenopause may actually make PMS symptoms worse for a while. Talk to your doctor about treatments that can help relieve some of the symptoms of PMS.
  3. The average age of menopause is 51 for women in the US. If you chose 42, that’s probably because it’s the answer to life, the universe, and everything. It’s just not the answer to this question.
  4. Smoking can cause menopause to start as much as two years sooner. While two extra period-free years may sound like a bonus, it’s important to remember that estrogen protects us from many health concerns. Two extra years of no periods can also mean two years of increased bone loss and increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and some kinds of cancer.
  5. Soy lovers rejoice: It’s true! Certain plants such as soy contain phytoestrogens which can mimic some of the behavior of women’s natural estrogen. Eating tofu, edamame, miso and tempeh may help reduce hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. However, there are potential drawbacks to over-consumption of soy, so, as always, talk to your doctor.
  6. Orcas also experience menopause, and we think the ocean sounds like the perfect place to be during a hot flash, frankly. Scientists theorize one reason orcas and human women cease reproduction relatively early in their lives is because the community benefits more from their wisdom than their reproduction. We think society can benefit from women’s wisdom any time in their lives. Probably pods, too.
  7. While most women assume menopause is the reason for their symptoms and don’t get a formal diagnosis, it is possible to determine onset of perimenopause through a blood test. Such a test can determine if FSH—the follicle stimulating hormone—is at menopausal levels. Women with a history of thyroid issues may want to be tested to be sure the issues they’re experiencing are menopause or perimenopause and not due to thyroid malfunction. The DEXA scan is one way of measuring for bone loss or osteoporosis.
  8. “Manopause” (OK, it’s actually “andropause” but come on, “manopause” is much funnier) is actually a decrease in the male sexual hormone testosterone. This decline happens much more gradually than the drop off in estrogen in women, and therefore symptoms are usually less dramatic.

How did you do?

7 – 8 correct: You are a Hot Flash! (in a good way)
Menopause holds few mysteries for you. Go forth and spread your wisdom to the uneducated masses. You probably give menopausal colleagues tiny misters for their desks and bring your special, hot-flash-relieving soyslaw to every office picnic. You are adored. Go forth and bask in your awesomeness.

5 – 6 correct: Congratulations, Menomaven!
Your knowledge of menopause, while not perfect, exceeds most folks’, and for that you should be proud. We’re guessing what you don’t know, you’re always willing to learn and share, and you are probably the office go-to for resources. You don’t shy away from hormone conversations and can say the word “vaginal” in public. Celebrate your greatness.

1-4 correct: So, just FYI, “menarche” is not the queen of England.
(It’s actually the onset of periods.) So, you’ve got a few gaps. Who doesn’t? But whether you are a woman or have women in your life, having the facts on menopause and women’s hormonal journeys generally can increase understanding, empathy, and all manner of good things. You’re here on this blog, taking this quiz, so we can only believe that you know that and are bumping up your meno-smarts as we speak. And for that, we thank you.