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Menopause education to now be included on curriculum in secondary schools

22 July 2019

UK Education secretary, Damian Hinds has confirmed that teaching about the menopause will now form part of children's RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) education in secondary schools.

In a letter (4 July 2019) to Rachel Maclean MP, who has long advocated the subject be included, Mr Hinds said: "We agree that this topic is an important part of reproductive health, and that all children should learn this at school."

In response to the announcement Rachel said: "This truly is a momentous moment for me personally, and quite an emotional one too. Having gone through the menopause myself, and the effects this had on my life, I've been determined to ensure menopause is better understood. After all it's not just women who will be affected by the menopause, men will be affected too.

This announcement is an important step on the journey to greater understanding of the menopause. Pupils are taught about periods and the menstrual cycle, but until now have not been taught about the menopause and the effects this can have on women. Menopause education is vital in increasing understanding and awareness of the menopause."

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