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Lena Dunham reveals she’s had a hysterectomy after battling endometriosis

Lena Dunham reveals she’s had a hysterectomy after battling endometriosis

Lena Dunham reveals she’s had a hysterectomy after battling endometriosis

“Soon I’ll start exploring whether my ovaries have eggs. Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might.”

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Girls star Lena Dunham has revealed she had a hysterectomy after suffering from endometriosis.

In a revealing essay for Vogue, the 31 year old wrote that she had her cervix and uterus removed after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” caused by the painful and debilitating condition.

The Endometriosis Foundation of America today published a section of Dunham’s essay, to be printed in full in US Vogue’s March issue.

“In addition to endometrial disease, an odd humplike 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,” Dunham wrote.

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“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.”

The Lenny Letter founder – who announced her split from long-time boyfriend Jack Antonoff last month – said she would not be able to carry a child and was exploring other options to start a family.

“I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now,” Dunham said.

“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.”

Dunham said she had tried natural treatments including “pelvic floor therapy, massage therapy, pain therapy, colour therapy, acupuncture” but nothing worked.

Last year, Dunham believed she was “endometriosis-free” after undergoing surgery, only to be hospitalised after the Met Ball with complications.

“My surgery went off without a hitch,” she wrote at the time in her online magazine, Lenny Letter.

“When I emerged, cotton-mouthed, (the surgeon) told me something I hadn’t expected to hear, maybe ever: there was no endometriosis left.

“Between my surgeries and hormonal intervention, I was disease-free.”

Dunham later described the ordeal as being “in the greatest amount of physical pain that I have ever experienced”.

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