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Painful Periods aren’t normal. This myth delayed my endometriosis diagnosis

March 31, 2024

Originally published on Re:News 31st March 2024 By Zoe Madden-Smith Early detection of endometriosis is crucial for effective treatment. But … Continued

Endometriosis: Rotorua woman speaks out after diagnosis journey, three surgeries

March 30, 2024

Originally published by NZ Herald, 30 March 2024Denise Lockhorst has suffered from an “invisible” disease since she was a young … Continued

What impact does endometriosis have on relationships?

March 29, 2024

Originally Published by 1News: 29th March 2024 As Endometriosis Awareness Month draws to an end, the pain and discomfort for … Continued

Endometriosis: Tauranga woman who lived in ‘constant pain’ speaks out about diagnosis

Originally published on NZHerald: 29 Mar, 2024 Tauranga’s Lucy Cooper first knew something was wrong when she experienced “extremely bad” … Continued

Endometriosis: Kiwi engineer’s diagnosis inspires her to create app to help sufferers

March 5, 2024

Originally published by NZ Herald, 4 Mar, 2024 Juliet Oliver used her own experience of endometriosis to create an app … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand kicks off Awareness Month with a call to “Live Well Together”

March 1, 2024

Today marks day one of International Endometriosis Awareness Month, observed annually in March. This is an important time for raising … Continued

Three miscarriages and zero referrals in 18 months under Gisborne Hospital’s watch

February 8, 2024

Originally Published on Stuff: December 09, 2023 After four miscarriages and a GP referral to Gisborne Hospital for suspected endometriosis, … Continued

The founder of The Borrowed Collective, shares her personal journey with endometriosis

November 20, 2023

Ashleigh Burrell, the founder of The Borrowed Collective, shares her personal journey with endometriosis. From enduring severe period pain since … Continued

Kiwi Olympian Anja Barugh’s secret battle

November 14, 2023

Originally posted on Women’s Weekly Nov 11, 2023 6:00AM Anja shares her journey in the hope of breaking the stigma … Continued

Hope that endometriosis research could help millions of sufferers worldwide

November 7, 2023

Originally published on The Press, November 7th 2023 A Christchurch researcher hopes to help millions of endometriosis sufferers worldwide after … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand Announces Plans to Launch Research Fund to Advance Understanding and Treatment of Endometriosis

September 28, 2023

Endometriosis New Zealand is taking a significant step forward in its mission to improve the lives of individuals affected by … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand calls for bipartisan support for national endometriosis action plan following Labour Party commitment

September 17, 2023

PRESS RELEASE 17 September 2023 Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) is calling for parties from across the political spectrum to follow … Continued

‘It’s a bloody mess’: Six people on what they wish everyone knew about periods

September 7, 2023

Zahra Shahtahmasebi Guest writer Originally published on The Spinoff, September 5 2023 Everyone who gets their period has a different … Continued

What Working Women REALLY Want: Paid Menstrual Leave? Exploring the Policy Pushing Back Against the Minimisation of Women’s Pain

August 23, 2023

Originally published on Capsule, Aug 13th Is menstrual leave an unwarranted, sexist ‘perk’ that will see women pull sickies and mean employers … Continued

Easing Endometriosis

August 16, 2023

Originally published on Metropol, 02 August Endometriosis affects an estimated 120,000 New Zealanders.Many wait an average of eight years between … Continued

Dismissal informs the priorities of endometriosis patients in New Zealand

July 26, 2023

Our wonderful Research Project Coordinator, Katherine Ellis is out here doing amazing things. We are pleased to share this new … Continued

The Comparative Invasiveness of Endometriotic Cell Lines to Breast and Endometrial Cancer Cell Lines

Our wonderful Research Project Coordinator, Katherine Ellis is out here doing amazing things. We are pleased to share this new … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand Welcomes new Clinical Advisory Committee Member

July 19, 2023

Endometriosis New Zealand is so pleased to welcome Dr. Amelia Ryan to our Clinical Advisory Committee. Dr. Amelia Ryan is … Continued

Action must follow release of Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Women’s Health Strategy

July 13, 2023

Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) is calling for government action to follow the release of Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Women’s Health … Continued

Could this be a game-changer for treating endometriosis? 

July 4, 2023

Originally published on Stuff, 03 July 2023 Dr Siouxsie Wiles MNZM is an award-winning microbiologist and science communicator at the … Continued

The persistent medical myths about endometriosis

April 20, 2023

Originally published on RNZ – 19 April 2023 Endometriosis specialist Michael Wynn-Williams Exhausting sick leave, forking out for private medical … Continued

The Deadline – When the clock counts down on parenthood

April 19, 2023

Originally Published on RNZ – 17 April 2023 At 26, Charlie Dreaver was given a deadline.  She was told she should … Continued

Endometriosis Awareness Month: Northland woman tells her endometriosis story to raise awareness

March 29, 2023

Originally published by NZ Herald March 29th, 2023 By Jaime Lyth Endometriosis is a condition endured by up to one … Continued

It took me 8 years to get an endometriosis diagnosis

March 28, 2023

Originally published on 1 NewsMarch 29th, 2023 By Zoe Madden-Smith of Re:News Content warning: This article features a graphic image … Continued

‘Hmm… But You Don’t LOOK Sick?’ The Utter Hell of Living With Endometriosis

March 23, 2023

Originally published in Capsule March 23, 2023 By Alice O’Connell One in 10 women are living with endometriosis – one … Continued

March is endometriosis awareness month: Jessie Gurunathan shares her story

March 19, 2023

Story originally published in NZ Herald on Sunday 19th March By Jessie Gurunathan It’s often referred to as the brave … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand calls for national endometriosis action plan

March 17, 2023

Press Release 17th March 2023 Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) is calling for a national action plan for endometriosis as part … Continued

Kiwis share their own stories of endometriosis ignored by doctors

March 15, 2023

Originally published on Stuff Tuesday 14th March By Amberleigh Jack “My doctor ignored my pain,” said Australian icon Bindi Irwin … Continued

Paramedic Megan Parr conquers Ironman challenge to raise awareness for endometriosis

March 13, 2023

Originally published in Good Magazine on Monday 13th March 2023 By Emma Napper Megan Parr, a paramedic from Marlborough, dedicates … Continued

24-hour treadmill challenge for Endo Awareness

March 10, 2023

Media release: Endo Challengers 2023 People across Aotearoa are taking on physical challenges this March in a bid to raise … Continued

Bindi Irwin shares emotional statement after endometriosis diagnosis

March 9, 2023

Original article published on Newshub on Wednesday 8th March 2023 By Lana Andelane Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late … Continued

Bindi Irwin reveals private health battle with endometriosis: ‘Decade of pain’

March 8, 2023

Originally published in NZ Herald on Wednesday 8th March 2023 By Nicky Bond Much-loved Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin has gone … Continued

Four reasons why we still need International Women’s Day

Originally publish on RNZ on 8th March 2023 By Niki Bezzant Every International Women’s Day (IWD) there is always, inevitably, … Continued

World-first digital health platform launched in New Zealand

Wednesday 8th March 2023 A unique digital eLearning platform has been developed to address a gaping hole in adolescent and … Continued

Endometriosis diagnosis after 15 years life-changing

March 1, 2023

Media release: Endometriosis Awareness Month 2023 It took 15 years for Sargam Polra to receive a diagnosis of endometriosis, after … Continued

Blenheim paramedic tackles Ironman NZ for endometriosis charity

February 24, 2023

Story originally published on stuff on 24th February 2023 Written by Andy Brew When Marlborough paramedic Megan Parr isn’t saving … Continued

Holiday tips

December 19, 2022

Holiday Tips Christmas and the holidays are special times. Time to spend with loved ones, eat delicious food, and enjoy … Continued

Justin Sinclair and Mike Armour – medicinal cannabis

December 8, 2022

ENZ is committed to facilitating and supporting research to develop a greater understanding of health issues, particularly relating to endometriosis. … Continued

Christchurch woman’s 650km journey to raise awareness of endometriosis

December 5, 2022

Originally posted by Radio New Zealand In between training sessions for her first Coast to Coast event, Christchurch woman Harriet … Continued

Harriet Watson running 650km in 8 days to raise $10,000 for Endometriosis New Zealand

December 1, 2022

Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) connected with Harriet in 2019, when she and her mum called the ENZ helpline ‘Endo Help’, … Continued

Funding needed for essential endometriosis support

November 28, 2022

November 2022 | Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) has issued a call to Kiwis to consider providing vital donations to help … Continued

Christchurch woman tackling 650km for endometriosis sufferers

Originally published by Some mornings, Harriet Watson lies in a ball on the floor, with pain “like a knife” … Continued

Living with endometriosis – the devastating chronic health condition that affects thousands of Kiwis

September 30, 2022

by Nicole Saunders, 27th September 2022 Originally published in Fashion Quarterly It’s a lifelong inflammatory condition that takes an immense … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand announces new Clinical Advisory Committee

September 29, 2022

MEDIA RELEASE 29th September 2022 Endometriosis New Zealand has announced its new Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC), which will support the … Continued

GP Tips

September 20, 2022

How do you get the best out of your GP appointments? Last year, GP Dr. Deborah Brunt helped us answer … Continued


September 13, 2022

This diet is best done in conjunction with a trained dietitian so they can help identify which FODMAPs may be … Continued

The experiences of endometriosis patients with diagnosis and treatment in New Zealand

September 9, 2022

Originally published on RNZ by reporter Felix Walton A new University of Canterbury survey shows New Zealand women with endometriosis … Continued

New research out of Christchurch

September 6, 2022

Katherine Ellis is a researcher at the University of Canterbury.  In early 2021 she approached the academic in charge of … Continued

Endometriosis diagnosis, treatment and support is still a pain

Women wait almost 8 years on average from onset of symptoms for endometriosis diagnosis and support Originally published by Cosmos … Continued

Mediterranean diet

Tips on how your diet can help manage endometriosis symptoms The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets … Continued

Father supporting daughter through endometriosis

September 4, 2022

To gain insight into what it’s like for a father, we spoke to one of our supporters from Adelphi Insurance, … Continued


August 30, 2022

Originally published on Mentratution Matters Acupressure is the use of the fingers or thumbs to press on certain parts of … Continued

Hospital apologises after Wellington mum with endometriosis called ‘drug seeker’, sent home by ED doctor during pain flare-up

August 29, 2022

Originally published by Newshub A Wellington mother has received an apology from Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand after … Continued

No end in sight: The reality of having endometriosis in New Zealand

August 25, 2022

Originally published by Woman Magazine. Written by Sasha Borissenko Endometriosis affects an estimated 10 to 11.7 percent of people assigned … Continued


August 23, 2022

Yoga combines physical exercises, meditation and respiratory techniques. It can strengthen the muscles, relieve stress and increase blood circulation. Through … Continued

Sleep time

August 16, 2022

Sleeping difficulties are commonly associated with endometriosis and may be linked to fluctuations in hormones, the experience of bodily or … Continued

Stretch it out!

August 9, 2022

Stretches can be a fantastic way to self-manage some of your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Stretches that … Continued

Movement Plans

August 2, 2022

Exercise can be a scary word that brings to mind images of huffing and puffing, sweating and sore muscles. But … Continued

ENZ sits down with Masterchef NZ contestant, Alice Taylor

July 10, 2022

This week we sat down with Alice to discuss her endometriosis journey and why she wanted to use her platform … Continued

Clinical Advisory Committee

June 28, 2022

Endometriosis New Zealand is thrilled to announce the establishment of our new Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC). Upon appointment of the … Continued


May 31, 2022

Originally published by MediWell Endometriosis New Zealand recently sat down with Dr Michael Wynn-Williams to discuss endometriosis and the effects … Continued

The invisible problem affecting one in ten women

May 10, 2022

Originally published by The Today FM show Endometriosis New Zealand CEO, Tanya Cooke spoke with Tova O’Brien and The Today … Continued

Women’s health – Endometriosis surgery wait times up to three years

Originally published by The Herald Paris McNeilage, 20, was declined a specialist appointment at Counties Manukau DHB for suspected endometriosis … Continued

In Her Head

May 9, 2022

Originally published by The Herald In Her Head: A campaign for better women’s health services It is great to see … Continued

Why I talk about my chronic health conditions online

April 7, 2022

Originally published by The Spinoff on 29/03/22 Cara Adler is a university student living with endometriosis and an eating disorder. For IRL, she explains … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand farewells founder Deborah Bush MNZM, QSM.

April 1, 2022

MEDIA RELEASE 1st April 2022 For over 35 years Deborah Bush has led Endometriosis New Zealand to be at the … Continued

‘I Thought Endometriosis Would Rob Me of Having Kids’ – One Woman’s Fertility Journey Through Endo & How to Tell If YOU Might Be Affected

March 29, 2022

Published on Capsule x Fertility Associates It’s Endometriosis Awareness Month, and while having Endo is awful enough at the … Continued

Endometriosis sufferers face significant diagnostic delays

By Larissa Howie, 1News Producer Originally published on 1 News 28th March 2022 Story on Monday’s 6pm news. Watch the video … Continued

My journey with endometriosis.

March 28, 2022

Originally published on Written by Fleur Mealing Fifteen year old Kiwi girl, Mackenzie Winfield, shares her recent endometriosis journey … Continued

Calls for public health apology to endometriosis sufferers

March 26, 2022

Eda Tang Originally published on 26th March 2022 There are calls for a public apology to endometriosis sufferers in … Continued

Painfully Aware

March 23, 2022

Published in New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, 21st March 2022 It is so great to see more endometriosis education and awareness … Continued

Deep Dive: Kiwi woman on her years-long battle for a endometriosis diagnosis

March 22, 2022

March 18, 2022 • 29 min In the loop podcast March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, a condition that affects roughly … Continued

So what is endometriosis?

March 21, 2022

Published on Billie, Written By Fleur Mealing Periods are bad. The pain, the PMS, the bleeding… nothing about it is … Continued

Landmark Nationwide Study Offers Wake-Up Call for Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Healthcare

March 18, 2022

A large-scale survey, with respondents across Aotearoa New Zealand, has brought tolight the significant impact on quality of life and … Continued

Endometriosis: People suffering stigma, debilitating pain and insufficient public healthcare

By Katie Harris, Social Issues reporter Original article published in NZ Herald 18th March 2022 6:00 am WARNING: This article references … Continued


March 17, 2022

By Selina Ekerdt Published in the Twizel Update Ever since I was a young woman, I knew something wasn’t right. … Continued

When love literally hurts: endometriosis and painful sex

March 8, 2022

Originally posted on NAK-ED Written by Sophie Sager Whatever you call it, there’s no denying sex is a fundamental part … Continued

Beauty brand Tronque partners with Endometriosis New Zealand

March 2, 2022

This month, Tronque will donate over $20,000 worth of its Soft Focus Scar Concentrate to Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) to … Continued

Kiwis encouraged to take on an Endo Challenge this Endometriosis Awareness Month 

March 1, 2022

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) is calling on Kiwis to take part in an Endo … Continued

More understanding needed from employers – Endometriosis NZ

February 28, 2022

Original article from RNZ posted on 6:42 pm on 26 February 2022 Woman reaches settlement with employer over period pain … Continued

10 Tips for parents and caregivers of children and teens living with persistent pain

February 1, 2022

As parents, we all want the best for our children. Having a child with pain means change for all the … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand raises more than $4,000 on Giving Tuesday

December 8, 2021

Endometriosis New Zealand would like to thank everyone who took part in its GivingTuesday campaign last week, which raised more … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand welcomes four new Board members

November 15, 2021

Image above: Top left Sandra Matthews, top right Felicity Evans, bottom left Dr Michael Wynn-Williams, and bottom right Dr Nicola … Continued

“I No Longer Wanted to Be Alive… But Now I Have Hope”: How the Healthcare System Fails Women with Endometriosis

November 11, 2021

Guest writer Sophie Sager describes her years-long battle to be diagnosed with endometriosis after countless dismissals and asks, why is … Continued

Bree Tomasel reveals her heartbreaking medical condition

October 28, 2021

Bree Tomasel was recently interviewed by Woman’s Day, revealing that she has endometriosis. Bree is co-host on Celebrity Treasure Island, … Continued

GP Tips

October 18, 2021

Here are some tips written by Dr Deborah Brunt. Dr Deborah Brunt is a GP with special interests in integrative … Continued

Endo Life: 6 wellbeing tips

September 27, 2021

Written by Andrea Molloy About Andrea  Andrea was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 24, following seven years of … Continued

Flare up tips

September 24, 2021

When you feel like you are in the ‘eye of the storm’ with a flare up, it is good to … Continued

Board Recruitment

September 8, 2021

Endometriosis New Zealand are seeking two Board members to provide strategic direction for the organisation Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) represents … Continued

Face of Tailor

September 1, 2021

Last month Tailor Skincare were on the search for their new Face of Tailor ambassador. Along with some wonderful prizes, … Continued

Candy Lane competes in Celebrity Treasure Island

August 27, 2021

Candy Lane will be on our screens again from the 6th of September, on TV2. Candy took part in Celebrity … Continued

Why women are more likely to suffer from long Covid

July 26, 2021

Read more from Dr Susan Evans and Professor Mark Hutchinson here

ENZ welcomes their new CEO, Tanya Cooke

April 30, 2021

Endometriosis New Zealand welcomes Tanya Cooke as new CEO and we are excited that our current CEO, Deborah Bush MNZM, … Continued

Why you should start an Endo Support Group at your work

March 17, 2021

It was late last year when a mutual friend suggested I reach out to a colleague she knew for advice … Continued

Anger Over Government “Side-lining” the Health of Hundreds of Women During COVID

October 9, 2020

Endometriosis New Zealand is speaking out on behalf of hundreds of New Zealand women and girls who’ve suffered from a … Continued

Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis in New Zealand

March 3, 2020

Ministry of Health Releases Document: “This document aims to improve the diagnosis and management of endometriosis in New Zealand in … Continued

Top 10 Endometriosis myths that will make you rethink what you know

February 4, 2020

1.     It’s normal to have distressing pain during your period It’s normal to have some degree of discomfort during your period … Continued

Undercover ENDO HELP

Written by Ara Journalist Student. I went undercover to use Endometriosis New Zealand’s helpline service, ENDO HELP – here’s what … Continued

Australian women turning to cannabis to treat endometriosis symptoms

November 13, 2019

AUSTRALIA, Sydney – November 12, 2019 – A new study published today in Journal of Obstetrics Gynaecology Canada has found one in eight … Continued

World Endometriosis Organisation (WEO)

October 11, 2019

World Endometriosis Organisations (WEO) represents 200 million with endometriosis globally The World Endometriosis Organisations was officially launched this week. WEO … Continued

Endometriosis New Zealand Parliamentary Meeting

March 26, 2019

On March 13th, 2019 in the Executive Wing of Parliament Buildings known as the Beehive, Wellington, New Zealand, Dr Duncan … Continued


March 4, 2019

Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) are pleased to be co-hosting a meeting at Parliament with Dr Duncan Webb MP for Christchurch … Continued

Endometriosis and Nutrition – Sara Widdowson

October 19, 2018

Endometriosis Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial tissue, which normally lines the uterus, grows in other sites in the … Continued

Devilskin releases new song: ENDO

September 7, 2018

  DEVILSKIN RELEASE BRAVE NEW TRACK WITH AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE.   Releasing 7 September, Devilskin’s new song ‘ENDO’, is a … Continued

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