Lena Dunham took permanent measures to help her fight her years-long battle with endometriosis.
The “Girls” alum revealed in a personal essay for Vogue that she underwent a hysterectomy — the removal of her uterus and cervix — after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits.”
Dunham, 31, has been open about her endometriosis, which occurs when the tissue lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus.
In April, she wrote in her Lenny newsletter that she was endometriosis-free after several surgeries, but more was discovered after she was rushed to the hospital during the Met Gala in May.
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During her hysterectomy, Dunham wrote, surgeons discovered more medical problems.
“In addition to endometrial disease, an odd hump-like protrusion and a septum running down the middle, I have retrograde bleeding, a.k.a. my period running in reverse so that my stomach is full of blood,” she said in her essay, according to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
“My ovary has settled in on the muscles around the sacral nerves in my back that allow us to walk. Let’s please not even talk about my uterine lining. The only beautiful detail is that the organ — which is meant to be shaped like a light bulb — was shaped like a heart.”
Now unable to have children herself, Dunham, who recently split from boyfriend Jack Antonoff after five years, said she will explore other options, including adoption and surrogacy.
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