Stop treating periods like a dirty secret; teach menstrual wellbeing in schools

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Alice Smith, Trustee and Young Ambassador for Endometriosis UK is passionate about getting Menstrual Wellbeing taught in schools.

 

“I'm 22, and for over 5 years, my periods ruined my life. I missed school regularly and suffered debilitating pain. Appointment after appointment, I was told this was completely normal. It was only later that I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. So far, I’ve been hospitalised, had one surgery and I’m waiting for another.

My condition is not rare. It’s suffered by 10% of girls and women of reproductive age - that’s 1.5 million women in the UK. But, just like me, too many are waiting too long for a diagnosis. One reason is because schools aren’t teaching girls what menstrual health means.”

The Government is currently updating its guidance for Sex & Relationship and PSHE lessons in England. Please help Alice to get menstrual wellbeing included in the curriculum to prevent girls having to experience what Alice did – sign the petition here.