Lena Dunham Taking Time Off While ‘Going Through A Rough Patch’ With Endometriosis
On Monday, Lena Dunham announced she was taking time off and will not be doing press for the forthcoming fifth season of “Girls” after hitting a “rough patch” with Endometriosis.
The 29-year-old actress/writer/producer said her body and doctors told her it’s time for some much needed rest.
See her message below.
For those unfamiliar with Endometriosis here’s the scoop on the disease via Endo-Online:
Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects at least 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S., 1 million in Canada, and millions more worldwide. It occurs when tissue like that which lines the uterus (tissue called the endometrium) is found outside the uterus — usually in the abdomen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and ligaments that support the uterus; the area between the vagina and rectum; the outer surface of the uterus; and the lining of the pelvic cavity. Other sites for these endometrial growths may include the bladder, bowel, vagina, cervix, vulva, and in abdominal surgical scars. Less commonly they are found in the lung, arm, thigh, and other locations.
This misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions which respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does: each month the tissue builds up, breaks down, and sheds. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus and out of the body through the vagina, but the blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths has no way of leaving the body. This results in internal bleeding, breakdown of the blood and tissue from the lesions, and inflammation — and can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems.
Feel better soon, Lena.
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