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Endo Warriors Aotearoa was the first Endometriosis Charity in Aotearoa to be inclusive of all genders! Endometriosis does not discriminate & neither do we!

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Welcome to Endo Warriors Aotearoa!

We are a registered charity dedicated to supporting and empowering individuals with endometriosis, as well as fighting period poverty. Our mission is to promote menstrual equity in our community. We believe that access to menstrual products is a basic human right and that everyone should have the resources and support they need to manage their menstrual health with dignity as well as provide education, support, and advocacy to those affected by endometriosis while promoting greater access to healthcare, information, and resources
We believe everyone deserves the right to manage their menstrual health with dignity, and our goal is to create a community of understanding and empowerment.

Join us in promoting greater research and understanding of endometriosis in New Zealand, and together, we can create a world where those affected have the resources and support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside of it in other parts of the body. In Aotearoa (New Zealand), an estimated 120,000 individuals assigned female at birth suffer from endometriosis, with the disease often beginning in their teenage years.


While endometriosis in men is extremely rare, there have been a few reported cases in the literature. Unfortunately, it takes an average of nine years from the onset of symptoms to receive a diagnosis, which can include pelvic or lower abdominal pain, painful menstrual periods, pain during intercourse, and pain during bowel movements.


Although endometriosis can affect fertility, this is not always the case. Endo Warriors Aotearoa (EWA) believes that we can reduce the average time it takes to diagnose endometriosis by taking teenage period pain and symptoms more seriously. We also believe that the statistic "1 in 10 assigned female at birth with endometriosis" is significantly higher due to underreporting, misdiagnosis, and a lack of non-invasive diagnostic methods. Endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs, but it can also be found in the bowel, bladder, muscles, joints, lungs, and brain. For more information, please refer to our fact sheets.

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1 The cost of illness & economic burden of endometriosis & chronic pelvic pain in Australia: A national online survey | PLOS ONE


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4 Tewhaiti-Smith, J., Semprini, A., Bush, D. et al. An Aotearoa New Zealand survey of the impact and diagnostic delay for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. Sci Rep 12, 4425 (2022).

How YOU can HELP us ADVOCATE for endometriosis

Your support is essential to our work at Endo Warriors Aotearoa, your support is what helps us to keep going. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfil our mission., you can donate a few different ways. ​​

  • You or your work/school can hold a fundraising event for EWA or a period drive collection, email us to see how we can work together. ​

  • You can donate to the back accountant Endo  Warriors Aotearoa account number is 01-0527-0746212-00  if you need a receipt, please email us

  • You can donate items for the surgery boxes we send out

Thank you so much for your support 

What is Period poverty?

Period poverty is a serious issue where individuals lack access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. This can result from a range of life events that negatively affect a person's ability to manage their menstruation. Those who experience period poverty are often unable to purchase the necessary menstrual products, which can prevent them from participating in daily life, such as going to school or work.

Period poverty causes physical, mental, and emotional challenges, including shame and stigma surrounding menstruation, preventing individuals from openly discussing their needs.

To combat period poverty, national advocacy is necessary to support menstruators by providing adequate infrastructure and affordable menstrual products. Education and knowledge sharing in schools, communities, and organizations can also help by including menstruators in the conversation and providing education without stigma.

Businesses can contribute to destigmatizing menstruation, providing access to facilities and products, and integrating menstruation management into their policies. Evidence-informed charitable programs can educate menstruators, provide necessary products, and support people and their communities.

Further research is necessary on the effects of period poverty and how to combat it, and protective legislation can ensure affordable access to proper facilities and menstrual hygiene products. Governments can also reduce taxes on menstrual products, making them more affordable. Overall, ending period poverty requires attention and collaboration from multiple sectors to create sustainable solutions.


How YOU can HELP us to FIGHT Period Poverty

Your support is important to our work at Endo Warriors Aotearoa, your support is what helps us to keep going. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfil our mission., you can donate a few different ways. 

  • You can buy period items to donate via shop online HERE and donate period cups/period underwear & tampons. ​

  • You or your work/school can hold a fundraising event for EWA or a period drive collection, email us to see how we can work together. 

  • You can buy period items to donate online and in-store from the daily dojo, if buying online put donate in the comments box and they will put them into our donation basket

  • You can donate into the back account Endo Warriors Aotearoa account number is 06-0582-0971121-00 if you need a receipt please email us

Thank you so much for your support 

Some of our achievements and highlights

  • We established the first Endo community in New Zealand that supports all genders affected by Endometriosis.

  • We celebrated one year of sending free period packs all over Aotearoa in February 2022.

  • We were a finalist for the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2022 and 2023  in the Wellington City category.

  • We provided safe spaces for people with endometriosis to talk and meet.

  • We attended and supported people in Wellington attending hospital appointments before COVID-19.

  • We advocated and continue to advocate for all people with endometriosis.

  • We helped provide a buddy system for those looking for people in their community who have endometriosis in 2021/2022

  • We supported parents, guardians, and caregivers who have youth with endometriosis with information and support.

  • We gained more media coverage around period poverty and Endometriosis

  • We launched a period campaign called "Not all people who menstruate are women, and not all women menstruate" to acknowledge all genders who menstruate and got period companies such as Moraka Menstrual Cups, AWWA, modibodi, Mint, danu natural, MyCup, and more to use inclusive language and images when talking about menstruation.

  • We helped many youths who are transitioning to male and experiencing period dysphoria with period underwear items.

  • We attended many LGBTQIA2S+ COVID-19 vaccine drives to gift free period items to those in need, talk about transitioning and menstruation, and help them get what works for them and their body.

  • We set up free period baskets in local community spaces where anyone can get items they need, and the community can donate to these baskets as well. 

  • We set up free-period pack pick-up in Masterton which has been running for over a year

  • We worked and continue to work with Days for Girls to provide free reusable pads to people in need.

  • We worked and continue to work to provide subsidized period cups to those who can't afford them.

  • We provided help to youth with Endo by sending support boxes and information.

  • We Set up free reusable period items pick-up points around Wellington and Lower Hutt

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