Sunday 4 December 2016

Lena Dunham forced to pull out of 'Girls' publicity with endometriosis illness

Published 09/02/2016 | 07:55

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

Girls creator Lena Dunham has been forced to pull out of promoting the final season of Girls on doctor's orders.

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The 29-year-old took to her Instagram page on Monday to tell fans plans for season six promotional work have been axed due to her condition, endometriosis.

"Hey Beloved Pals, I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press for the new season," she began.

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‘Girls’ creator and actress Dunham with cast members Williams and Mamet after ‘Girls’ won award for Best Televison Series, Comedy
‘Girls’ creator and actress Dunham with cast members Williams and Mamet after ‘Girls’ won award for Best Televison Series, Comedy

"As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately one in 10 women's reproductive health. 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."

Lena created the hit HBO series in 2012 and plays lead character Hannah, so going from such a fast paced working environment to being housebound does not sit well with the star.

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"That's a hard thing to do, but I'm trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet," she continued.

Lena Dunham in Girls
Lena Dunham in Girls

"I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from (producers) Jenni (Jennifer Konner), Judd (Apatow) and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted. Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you. Back soon xxLena."

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Endometriosis is a chronic condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb and can cause a lot of women pain in the area between their hips and the tops of their legs.

Lena first opened up about her battle with the condition in November in her weekly newsletter, Lenny Letter.

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