Stop treating periods like a dirty secret; teach Menstrual Wellbeing

We’ve been campaigning for menstrual wellbeing to be taught in schools across the UK – and thanks to you, we’re making progress.

For too long, young people have not been given the tools and the education they need to make informed choices about their health. The average diagnosis for endometriosis takes 7.5 years, meaning some children suffer with potentially debilitating symptoms for the majority of school life.

An understanding of what is and isn’t normal when it comes to our menstrual cycle is the first step to empowering women from a young age to seek help if it’s needed. Without learning about the menstrual cycle at school in a safe and controlled environment, menstrual conditions will continue to go unrecognised, marginalised and underdiagnosed.

Menstrual wellbeing to be taught in schools in England from 2020

Campaign win! Thanks to your support, in February 2019 the Government announced that menstrual wellbeing will be included in the school curriculum for all primary and secondary schools in England. This means that all pupils – regardless of their gender – will be taught the facts about menstrual wellbeing. We would not have achieved this campaign without you. From signing our online petition to lobbying your MP, this huge change is down to your hard work. Thanks to you, the next generation of young people will learn more than the last.

Let's raise our voices again and get menstrual wellbeing taught across the UK

But this is just for England, and we want this to be UK wide. The Welsh Assembly are currently reviewing their school curriculum and are our next target for campaigning. To get involved in this campaign:

- Sign the petition and share it with your friends and family
- Send a letter to your Assembly Member asking them to back the campaign
-Join in with our social media campaign #whatiwishilearned. Simply: Take a selfie, post on social media, share in the caption what you wish you had learned about menstrual health at school, and use the hashtag #whatiwishilearned and #menstrualwellbeing4wales.