The foundation is a registered non-profit organisation 165-116 NPO.
Endometriosis Awareness, advocacy and support, South Africa aims to engage in and facilitate societal and legislative disease awareness. We aim to facilitate research and raise public awareness of endometriosis, specifically in schools and other educational facilities, with the main focus on educating young girls and women.
Educational and supportive services are provided by the organisation to persons with endometriosis, specifically via our in-house support group.
Pain medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen or naproxen, often help relieve the pain and cramping that comes with endometriosis.
But these drugs only treat the symptoms and not the underlying endometriosis.
Oral contraceptives manage levels of estrogen and progestin, which make your menstrual periods shorter and lighter. That often eases the pain of endometriosis. Your doctor may prescribe pills to be taken continuously, with no breaks for a menstrual period, or progestin-only therapy.
Progestin-only therapy can also be given by injection. Endometriosis symptoms may return after you stop taking the pills.
Severe cases of endometriosis may require laparotomy, or open abdominal surgery, to remove growths, or a hysterectomy — removal of the uterus and possibly all or part of the ovaries. Although this treatment has a high success rate, endometriosis still recurs for about 15% of women who had their uterus and ovaries removed.
We know how isolating living with endometriosis can be. Many women who we speak to do not know other women with the disease and feel as if no one understands what it is like living with endometriosis.
Our support group is a place where we meet other women with endo. We offer each other support and encouragement. The support group is open to anyone with endo and takes place once a month in Cape Town.