Lena Dunham has bravely shared new details about her battle with endometriosis, revealing she underwent a full hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix.
The Girls creator made the decision to after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits,” speaking openly in an essay for Vogue, Lena has been a voice for those living with endometriosis, openly discussing her experience with pain and various therapies on social media.
Put very simply, endometriosis is a disease that occurs when cells that normally line the inside of the uterus grow outside the uterus–within the pelvis.
Dunham reveals her reproductive organs were in worse condition than even she or her doctors were aware of, something that came to light after undergoing surgery.
“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 explained. “My ovary was 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 details is that the organ — which is meant to be shaped like a light bulb — was shaped like a heart.”
Lena, who recently split with her boyfriend of five years, Jack Antonoff, says that while she can no longer have her own biological child, she is excited about the many other options open to her. “I may have felt choiceness 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,” she wrote. “Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might.”