Lena Dunham Opens Up About Having Endometriosis

The actress/author is taking a break to focus on her health.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

No matter who you are, sometimes you just have to take a step back and let yourself rest. Actress/author Lena Dunham announced yesterday that, due to health reasons, she will not be doing a press tour for the upcoming season of her hit HBO show, Girls.

"I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it's time to rest," she wrote in a Facebook post.

"That's a hard thing to do, but I'm trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet," she continued. "I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted."

Endometriosis is categorized as a disorder which causes the tissue that would normally line the uterus to grow outside of it. Typically, it causes chronic pelvic pain and menstrual irregularities, and is common among women, affecting around 5 million women in the U.S. alone.

Dunham opened up about living with the disorder last year in the essay The Sickest Girl, where she explained how she first knew something was wrong.

"From the first time I got my period, it didn't feel right. The stomachaches began quickly and were more severe than the mild-irritant cramps seemed to be for the blonde women in pink-hued Midol commercials. Those might as well have been ads for yogurt or the ocean, that's how little they conveyed my experience of menstruating," Dunham wrote.

More power to her. The more women who open up about what they're going through, the better.

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