Lena Dunham Shares Nude Photos To Commemorate Anniversary Of Hysterectomy

For anyone who watched HBO’s “Girls”, seeing Lena Dunham naked is hardly a shock.

Now, the 32-year-old writer/actress is baring all once again, but this time to mark a unique milestone in her life: undergoing a hysterectomy last year – a choice she made after a long battle with endometriosis.

Taking to Instagram, Dunham shared a trio of nude photos to celebrate the nine-month anniversary of her surgery.

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“I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to,” she wrote in the caption, noting that the same day also marks “National Leathercraft Day, National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.”

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She also revealed that her friend “named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like f**k even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy. Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.”

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Today is National Leathercraft Day, National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Merengue Pie Day. It’s also the 9 month anniversary of my hysterectomy. I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to. My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself. The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our center. My friend Paul named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like fuck even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy. Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.

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Earlier this year, Dunham wrote a candid piece for Vogue revealing she had undergone a total hysterectomy, a procedure that she said would finally end “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits.”

In addition to endometriosis, Dunham wrote that she had also been suffering from “retrograde bleeding, a.k.a. my period running in reverse so that my stomach is full of blood. 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.”

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Dunham also wrote of her hopes for the future. “I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now,” she continued. “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.”

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.

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