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.’
Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.
Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.
Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.