The 2018 Endometriosis Conference Was A Success!
The Endometriosis Conference organized by the EndoSurvivors International Foundation took place on 13th September 2018 in Lagos.
This conference was the first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. The event brought together women dealing with endometriosis and their spouses/partners, adolescent schoolgirls, medical students, student nurses, high school teachers, medical/health practitioners, gynaecologists, nurses, HR Practitioners, journalists, senior staff of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Lagos State Primary HealthCare board, Ministry of Education and tertiary health institutions in Lagos State.
Opening the meeting, theFounder Wives RoundTable host Amaka Obi talked on how EndoSurvivors Foundation has a mandate to create awareness about the silent killer disease called “Endometriosis” and to make sure there’s effective treatment made available for sufferers. She appreciated the Convener/Founder, Mrs Olivia Nwankudu for creating and providing this platform for young female adolescents and women.
The first speaker Dr. Odetayo, Senior Consultant O&G Department, LASUTH talked extensively on ‘Endometriosis’. He explained that Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) in a location outside of the uterus. These women experience pelvic pain, severe pains during menstruation, pains and cramps during sexual intercourse, painful bowel movements or urination amongst other symptoms.
The second speaker Dr. Kingsley Obodo, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, St Ives Hospital talked about ‘Endometriosis and Infertility’. He stated that endometriosis is more common in infertile women the reasons for a decrease in fertility when endometriosis is present are not completely understood. Treatment options for infertility associated with endometriosis include surgery, medical treatment, and surgical therapy. It is worthy to note that some of the endosurvivors have gone on to have kids of your own naturally or through assisted reproductive technology.
The last session was anchored by the Convener of the conference, Mrs. Olivia Nwankudu who is an Endo Survivor. It featured women and young ladies (who had suffered from endometriosis) sharing their experiences and challenges while being faced with this disease. It was a very emotional session for both the speakers and the audience. The Endometriosis 101 Magazine was formally launched at the close of the conference. Some of our Mamalette champions were also in attendance at the event.