For too long, young people have not been given the tools and the education they need to make informed choices about their health. It takes an average of 8 years to get a diagnosis of endometriosis in the UK and symptoms can start in puberty, meaning some children and teenagers suffer with potentially debilitating symptoms for the majority of school life. Without learning about menstrual wellbeing in school, young people will continue to suffer in silence.
Thanks to your help, we are turning this around:
- Menstrual wellbeing education was made compulsory in Wales in late December 2021. Now time for implementation.
- Menstrual wellbeing education began to be taught in primary and secondary schools in England in September 2020.
This is a huge step forward. Thanks to your hard work in making this happen, young people will now understand what is and isn't normal for a menstrual cycle, and know how and when to seek help.
It's great that England and Wales are now on board, but we will continue to work with Governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland to make sure this is UK wide. Currently, in both Scotland and Northern Ireland, only some schools teach menstrual wellbeing, so some children lose out.