Analysis

Why inadequate sex education makes some UK girls confused about menstruation

How nurses can help girls improve their understanding of periods

There is a perception that sex education has improved in the UK in recent years, but a study by Plan International UK, which campaigns for better access to healthcare and education, has shown that there is still some way to go.

Its survey of 1,000 young women of 14-21 years highlighted that only one in five is confident about discussing their period with their teacher, while one in ten had been asked not to raise the subject with their mother. The result is that girls become confused and anxious about what is happening to them when they have their first period.

22%

of the girls surveyed felt comfortable discussing their period with their teacher

School nurses should encourage girls to carry a 'period pack'

Independent nurse specialist in contraception and sexual health Helen Knox, believes that primary

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