Boys will be given classes alongside girls on periods and menopause as teachers are told to stop splitting up classrooms for sex education
- Schools should stop splitting boys and girls for sex education classes
- The idea is that boys will grow up with a better understanding of women’s health issues
- Doctors also receive additional training on contraception and menopause
- Ministers want to tackle a culture of “medical misogyny” in the NHS
Schools are being told to stop segregating students for sex education classes so boys can grow up with a better understanding of women’s health issues.
Doctors will also receive additional training on contraception and menopause as part of a ten-year Women’s Health Strategy for England launched today.
Ministers want to tackle a culture of “medical misogyny” that makes it difficult for women to access the same quality of care as men. The government has set itself the goal of ensuring that “their concerns are taken seriously by women and girls”.
It comes after 84 per cent of people at a consultation said women often feel like they are not being listened to when they seek help NHS. Boys and girls are being taught about women’s health, including menopause, “from an early age”, with schools being asked not to split them up for classes on relationships, sex and health.
Schools are being told to stop segregating students for sex education classes so boys can grow up with a better understanding of women’s health issues
Boys and girls are being taught “from an early age” about women’s health, including periods and menopause, with schools being asked not to separate them for classes on relationships, sex and health
The strategy said this will increase awareness and ensure that “topics like menstrual health, contraception and menopause are no longer taboo subjects”. As part of the reforms, the prospective physicians will be assessed by the General Medical Association on women’s health, including on the topics of menopause, obstetrics and gynaecology. Staff in training to become general practitioners or physical therapists will also receive specialist training, while existing doctors can take additional courses to complete their knowledge. The strategy states, “As a result, more physicians will have a better fundamental understanding of women’s health.” In a series of commitments, there will also be efforts to end the “zip code lottery” in accessing IVF treatments, with some areas currently offering one cycle and others three.
England’s first women’s health strategy promises to expand women’s health centers and ‘one-stop clinics’.
According to the report, “Historically, the health and care system was designed by men for men.”
According to the plans, transgender men and non-binary people with female reproductive organs should always receive screening invitations so they can access cervical and breast cancer screenings.
Health Secretary Steve Barclay said: “Our health and care system will only work if it works for everyone.”
He insisted: “It is not true that 51 per cent of our population is disadvantaged in accessing the care they need simply because of their gender.
“The release of this strategy is a milestone in tackling deep-rooted inequalities and improving women’s health and well-being.”