Sunday 11 December 2016

Lena Dunham and her battle with endometriosis: ‘I’m going through a rough patch with this chronic condition’

Published 09/02/2016 | 14:18

Lena Dunham has pulled out of promotion for the new series of HBO's Girls on advise from her doctors
Lena Dunham has pulled out of promotion for the new series of HBO's Girls on advise from her doctors

Endometriosis sufferer Lena Dunham will not be promoting the latest series of Girls and told fans that she is currently “going through a rough patch” with the chronic condition, which affects one out of ten women.

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The award-winning actress and writer has lived with endometriosis since she was a teenager, an often debilitating condition that causes the womb’s lining to form in areas it normally would not.

The condition can cause severe pain, internal scarring and infertility and affects an estimated 10pc of women.

Dunham took to Facebook last night to tell her fans that she would be unable to take part in the promotion for the new series of her hit HBO show Girls on the advice of her doctors.

“As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women’s reproductive health,” she wrote on Tuesday.

“I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to rest.”

The actress was diagnosed with the disorder more than a decade after her symptoms began, which is not an uncommon.

 “I could tell I wasn’t the only woman he had seen through the discovery of her own sanity. It’s a sad and beautiful moment when you realize just how much you have let yourself endure,” she wrote in an article published in Lenny.

“Being a woman is the best thing that ever happened to me. But I also hope for a future in which the pain of teenage girls is fully investigated, taken as seriously as a broken leg. I hope for a world where illness isn’t equated with weakness, where mental-health issues do not discount physical ones, because, guess what, we are complex beings.”

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