Endometriosis is a condition that affects more than 3 percent of women and girls in New Zealand. It can make your periods extremely painful, and in some cases makes it difficult to get pregnant.
Endometriosis is caused by the lining that normally grows in the womb growing in other places, such as on your ovaries or bladder.
There are treatments that can help. You don’t have to just put up with bad period pain – see your GP or another health practitioner if you’re concerned.
To find out more, visit the Endometriosis New Zealand website. They have information on:
Check their list of support networks to see if there’s a support group in your area.
Endometriosis New Zealand also run a site for teenagers with personal video stories.