AceShowbiz - After battling chronic pain from endometriosis for several years, Lena Dunham has revealed she had a total hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix. Opening up about her condition in an essay published in the March issue of Vogue (via Endometriosis Foundation of America), the 31-year-old actress explained that she made the tough decision to have a hysterectomy after enduring "years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits."
While undergoing the procedure, Dunham's doctors discovered that she had other medical issues. "In addition to endometrial disease," she wrote, "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 continued explaining, "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 believed she was finally endometriosis-free in April 2017, but after being rushed to the hospital during the Met Gala the following month, which also prompted her to cancel her speaking tour, it was revealed that the illness had remained.
The former "Girls" star has been very open about her battle with the disease in which tissue that is supposed to grow inside the uterus grows on the outside. She has also been outspoken about the need to spread awareness.
And as for having children, Dunham, who recently split from longtime boyfriend Jack Antonoff, remains optimistic. "I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now," she wrote. "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."