“This is a victory for menopause campaigners” – that was the verdict of Redditch MP Rachel Maclean after the education secretary confirmed students will now be taught about the menopause.
In a letter to Mrs Maclean, education secretary Damian Hinds announced the addition of teaching about the menopause within relationships education, sex education and health education at secondary school.
Mr Hinds said: “We agree this topic is an important part of reproductive health, and that all children should learn about this at school.
“I am grateful to you for your personal advocacy, which was instrumental in securing this.”
Mrs Maclean been working with menopause awareness campaigners and medical experts to lobby the government on the importance of teaching pupils about the menopause.
Reacting to the announcement, Rachel said: “This is a victory for menopause campaigners who have been tirelessly campaigning and lobbying on this issue for years.
“It’s been a privilege and an honour to work with them.”
As well as campaigning to get menopause education on the school curriculum, the Redditch MP has also been lobbying the government to ensure GPs follow menopause guidelines.
“The campaign doesn’t stop here,” she said, “A significant barrier to effective menopause treatment is GPs not following NHS guidelines.
“This is leading to women being wrongly diagnosed, resulting in them suffering from menopausal symptoms which there is effective treatment for.
“I will continue to work with menopause awareness campaigners as we work with the Government to ensure GPs follow these guidelines.”