New Australian Underwear Shop "ENDEES" donating to Endometriosis

New Australian Underwear Shop

How many unique life experiences are shared between 190 million women and those assigned females at birth? 


How much passion and pain have they carried, and how many individual stories have shaped them to be the people they are today? The answers to these questions are infinite. 

One common source of pain shared between these 190 million beautiful people is their shared diagnosis of endometriosis. 


That’s right - 190 million worldwide, or an estimated 1 in 9 for those assigned female at birth. 

Our society tells 10 000 girls and women in Australia alone every month that their pain is just a draw of lousy luck. That periods are just painful, and we need to learn to live with it and get on with it. 

You’ve undoubtedly heard of this condition, but we’ll break down the specifics for you. 

Experts agree that endo is most commonly diagnosed between 25 and 40, taking around five years to develop. Those in their teens often have symptoms, but many go undiagnosed until their later years due to a lack of menstrual pain comparison. 

 

Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the uterus grows outside the uterus, which can be incredibly painful and make day-to-day living with your period every month agonising. Symptoms of endo include 


  • Painful periods 
  • Heavy or irregular bleeding 
  • Pain in the pelvic area, legs or lower back 
  • Fatigue 
  • Nausea 
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination 

It not only affects the reproductive organs - endometrial growths can also be found in muscle tissue, joints, the bowel and the bladder. In atypical cases, the lungs and even the brain. 


If left untreated, endometriosis can leave you with a number of complications, including 


  • Infertility 
  • Ectopic pregnancy 
  • Small bowel obstruction 
  • Increased chances of ovarian or endometrial cancer


It’s one thing for us to list the symptoms of endo for you, but any quick google search can do that. Let’s hear what it’s like firsthand from a few people affected by it. 


Take Sarah, who bloats so severely as a side effect of her endo that she can’t walk. 

She has to plan her social events around her ovulation cycle. If anything lines up on the days she menstruates, she has to reschedule due to the intense pain she endures, leaving her with no energy to socialise. 


Or Carly, who has developed dyorgasmia from her endometriosis which causes her orgasms to feel like excruciating cramps while she menstruates. She has been at the mercy of her endo diagnosis for ten years now, and she says it never gets any easier. 


There are four stages of endometriosis, ranging from minimum to severe. We’ve broken down the specific stages for you below: 


Endometriosis Stage 

Manifestation of Condition - Estimated per cent affected by stage

Stage I (1-5 points) 

● Minimal 

70%

● Few superficial implants 

Stage II (6-15 points) 

● Mild 

37%

● More and deeper implants 

Stage III (16-40 points) 

● Moderate 

61%

● Many deep implants 

● Small cysts on one or both 

ovaries 

● Presence of filmy adhesions 

Stage IV (>40 points) 

● Severe 

43%

● Many deep implants 

● Large cysts on one or both 

ovaries 

● Many dense adhesions 



That’s a lot of people, living with a lot of suffering, who are expected to accept this is just a part of their fertile years. 


Not only does endometriosis affect your mental, psychological and physical health, but it can severely affect those living with the condition financially. 


In Australia alone, it’s estimated that endometriosis treatment costs nearly 10 billion a year, or $30 000 for an individual both out of pocket and funded. 


The only way to make a formal endo diagnosis is through a surgery known as laparoscopy. This is where doctors insert a small camera into the abdominal cavity to investigate endometrial growths and lesions.


The catch? Depending on your health insurance and the severity of the condition, it can cost up to $10 000. 


Paying for a painful, expensive condition out of your control is a burden nobody should have to face. This issue is particularly felt by those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds when covering out-of-pocket expenses is already a daily challenge. 


The economic burden of endo in Australia is at least as high as that of diabetes, yet many women are still not receiving the support they need. 


That’s why we’ve created Endees. 


We are two friends, Nas and Leah, who are passionate about giving back to a community that deserves recognition. 


Nas is a powerhouse businesswoman with an ambition to go above and beyond with her work stretching for miles. Fortunate enough to receive ongoing treatment, she’s been affected by debilitating endo pain for years through her successes and wants to give back to those who cannot. 


Leah is a dancer who loves to move. She dreams of combining comfort, practicality and a touch of sexiness with underwear that supports a worthy cause. She’s had enough of seeing her friends unable to live their lives fully and freely due to endometriosis crippling their menstrual cycle. 


We are done with being told to get up and keep going - month, after month, after month. Are you? 


We hear you. We see your suffering, and we want to unite women who support each other through compassion and community. 


Join our EndeesTribe, and help us make a difference where it matters most. 


Endees are not period underwear by design. Instead, we aim to channel profits from purchasing Endees’ into research and financial aid for those who cannot afford the often expensive treatment for endometriosis. 


Another mission of Endees? We will ensure all our products are ethically sourced by supporting local textile producers. This means we will carry limited stock until our EndeesTribe is 100% satisfied with our underwear as we grow the business. 


In return for your feedback and support of our dream, the EndeesTribe will receive discounts, freebies, and most importantly, contribute to us fostering a solid and diverse community of people affected by endometriosis.


Get ready for comfortable, feminine, and ethical underwear that will make a difference in the lives of those affected with every purchase. 


We can’t wait to have you a part of our EndeesTribe! 



https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/signs-symptoms-endometriosis https://www.endometriosisaustralia.org/ 

https://www.healthline.com/health/can-endometriosis-kill-you 

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/endometriosis-costs-women-and-society-30-000-a-year-for -every-sufferer#:~:text=The%20researchers%20found%20the%20average,to%20get%20to%20t hese%20appointments. 

https://www.medibank.com.au/health-support/hospital-assist/costs/laparoscopy/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3143230/ 

https://www.medibank.com.au/health-support/hospital-assist/costs/laparoscopy/