Monday 10 December 2018

Lena Dunham reveals she underwent a total hysterectomy after 'years of complex surgeries'

Actress Lena Dunham attends
Actress Lena Dunham attends "My Art" premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Actress Lena Dunham (L) and musician Jack Antonoff attend the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actress Lena Dunham attends "My Art" premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
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Lena Dunham attends Variety's Power of Women: New York Presented by Lifetime, at Cipriani Midtown on Friday, April 21, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner at Variety Power Women Lucheon on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

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Actress Lena Dunham has had her cervix and uterus removed in a total hysterectomy.

The former Girls star underwent the surgical procedure after suffering with endometriosis for almost two decades. The medical condition causes intense pain as the uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus.

Lena went public with her endometriosis diagnosis in her Lenny Letter online forum in 2015, and now the 31-year-old has revealed all about her latest move to deal with the illness in a new essay for American Vogue.

Revealing she awoke from the surgery to learn her inner organs were in a worse condition than she had imagined, the actress writes: "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.

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner at Variety Power Women Lucheon on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner at Variety Power Women Lucheon on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

"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."

She added: "The only beautiful detail is that the organ - which is meant to be shaped like a light bulb - was shaped like a heart.”

Lena, who recently split from longtime boyfriend Jack Antonoff, admitted she finally made the decision to undergo a hysterectomy after "years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits" and attempts to treat endometriosis with alternative healing methods, such as yoga, "pelvic floor therapy, massage therapy, pain therapy, color therapy, acupuncture".

Although the star no longer has the same reproductive makeup, she is determined to have kids and is now exploring her options, biologically or otherwise, for making that happen.

Actress Lena Dunham attends
Actress Lena Dunham attends "My Art" premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

“I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now,” she added. “Soon I’ll start exploring whether my ovaries, which remain someplace inside me in that vast cavern of organs and scar tissue, have eggs. Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might."

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