Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Menopause


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is menopause. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how menopause will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 50 year old woman comes to the clinic with concerns about her menstrual period having stopped. She has taken oral contraceptive pills for the past 18 years, however when she discontinued the medications 3 months ago her menses have not returned. Her past medical history is notable for a spontaneous abortion at age 26, but otherwise she has has not been pregnant. She is monogamous with her husband, and they both have intercourse regularly. She has some vaginal dryness but denies any pain or discomfort with vaginal intercourse. Her MBI is 22 kg/m². Vital signs are within reference range. Her speculum examination shows normal vaginal mucosa and a cervix. Her bimanual examination reveals an unremarkable uterus and ovaries. A urine pregnancy test is negative. What is the likely diagnosis in this patient?


Page Updated: 10.29.2016