A woman who fell into a "dark place" during the menopause said getting it taught in schools was "an important victory".
Diane Danzebrink, 52, struggled with the condition's symptoms, which were triggered by a hysterectomy, aged 45.
Her campaign to improve knowledge and understanding has led to the government deciding to add it to secondary school sex and relationship lessons in the UK.
She hoped it would boost understanding and help people cope.
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Speaking of her experience, she said: "I fell in to a very deep, dark place.
"I was lucky; I had a supportive husband and family who got me the help I needed when I was not capable of doing that for myself.
"Since then, I have become increasingly aware of just how many women are not receiving the right support and advice at menopause, from their doctors, their employers and sometimes even their own families and friends."