Lena Dunham has revealed in a new essay that she has undergone a total hysterectomy after years of suffering from endometriosis.
The Girls creator and star discussed the procedure in a deeply personal piece for Vogue, which was published yesterday (February 14).
Revealing that she had been suffering from endometriosis for a decade, Dunham explained that the severity of her condition had seen her be admitted to hospital three times in a year. After experiencing “new levels of pain”, the decision was then taken for Dunham to receive a total hysterectomy.
“In addition to endometrial disease, an odd hump-like protrusion and a septum running down the middle, I have retrograde bleeding, aka my period running in reverse so that my stomach is full of blood,” Dunham wrote about her condition.
“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.”
Dunham added, however, that she still has hopes of becoming a mother one day.
“I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now,” she 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 also shed light in the essay on her recent split from Bleachers musician Jack Antonoff.
“My beautiful partner, who has seen me through so much pain with compassion and care, has to be away for work, and I can feel us growing slowly apart, since life is so determined to display its full complexity right now,’ she recalled about the status of their relationship during her health issues. “I am surly and distant. I offer nothing.
“He reminds me again and again that I am still a woman and still alive, but I also know that soon — for so many reasons that have nothing to do with my uterus — we’ll slip away from each other and I will face everything I am losing in impossibly tiny steps.”