Lena Dunham is hopeful her battle with endometriosis is over as she took a huge step to finally rid herself of the disease.
The “Girls” star wrote an essay published in the March issue of Vogue, explaining she has undergone a hysterectomy.
Dunham has been very vocal about her long battle with the painful uterine disorder by keeping fans updated on her journey.
“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 wrote.
“My ovary has settled in on the muscles around the sacral nerves in my back that allow us to walk,” the 31-year-old actress continued. “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.”
Despite having her entire cervix and uterus removed, she remains optimistic for her future of a family, “Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might,” Dunham added. “I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now. Soon I’ll start exploring whether my ovaries, which remain someplace inside me in that vast cavern of organs and scar tissue, have eggs.”
Dunham and her doctors believed her endometriosis had vanished after multiple surgeries, but at the MET Gala in May of 2017 Dunham was rushed to the hospital when the pain returned and more endometriosis was discovered.
Read Dunham’s full essay here.
Dunham has given fans another update on her long battle.
The actress shared a photo of herself at the hospital following her full hysterectomy surgery.
“Your body failing you is a loss that’s hard to explain and yet the amount of messages I’ve gotten from women in a similar predicament has been so overwhelming, loving and heartening,” she wrote to Instagram.
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Your body failing you is a loss that’s hard to explain and yet the amount of messages I’ve gotten from women in a similar predicament has been so overwhelming, loving and heartening. More than 20 million women in America are living with hysterectomies and those of you who’ve shared your plight and perseverance make me feel so honored to be in your company. Thank you to the village of women who took care of me through this entire process. I have a broken heart and I hear those don’t mend overnight, but we are linked forever by this experience and our refusal to let it hold any of us back from even the grandest dreams.
The reporting in this article is based on Dunham’s own statements about her own health. We recommend you speak with a healthcare professional if you have any questions about endometriosis.