Government adds menopause to sex education classes
Published: 9th July 2019
Pupils are to learn about the menopause for the first time after the Government added the topic to the sex education curriculum.
The subject will be taught next year at secondary schools, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said.
Campaigners say the menopause, which hits at an average age of 51, can cause relationship issues because many do not understand it properly. Symptoms include hot flushes and mood swings.
It is hoped the lessons will help pupils support their mothers, sisters and partners later in life.
Mr Hinds said: ‘We agree that this topic is an important part of reproductive health.’
Diane Danzebrink, of Menopause Support, said: It’s not just a women’s issue, it affects everyone – from a mum or sister, to those at work.’