Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Lena Dunham reveals she has had a hysterectomy

The Girls star has battled with endometriosis for years

    The girls from “Girls” including Lena Dunham (second right)
    The girls from “Girls” including Lena Dunham (second right)

    Lena Dunham has undergone a hysterectomy after enduring chronic pain from endometriosis for several years.

    Ms Dunham, the 31 year-old Jewish star of hit sitcom Girls, said she made the difficult decision to have her cervix and uterus removed after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits.”

    In an article in the March 2018 issue of Vogue (in which the actress goes into sometimes graphic detail) she wrote:  “In addition to endometrial disease, I have retrograde bleeding, a.k.a. my period running in reverse so that my stomach is full of blood.

    “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.”

    Ms Dunham, who has been very open about her condition in a bid to raise awareness, thought she was endometriosis-free last April.

    Sadly she was rushed to the hospital during the Met Gala a month later, and she found out the illness was still there.

    The actress said the condition left her feeling she had no choices regarding having children but added that she was now optimistic about having them in the future.

    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.”

     

Community News

'Join stem cell register to help grandma find match for transplant'

Rosa Doherty

Yesterday, 13:34

'Join stem cell register to help grandma find match for transplant'
Community News

True East Ender is mourned after death at 101

Rosa Doherty

Tue, 14:02

True East Ender is mourned after death at 101
UK News

Labour drops Ken Loach

Rosa Doherty

Friday, April 13, 2018

Labour drops Ken Loach
Community News

JNF UK gives emotional showcase to music composed in concentration camps

Rosa Doherty

Wed, 13:24

JNF UK gives emotional showcase to music composed in concentration camps
UK News

Finding ways to cope with autism can help with family life

Rosa Doherty

Friday, April 13, 2018

Finding ways to cope with autism can help with family life
Blogs

Let's talk about sex

The JC Comment Blog

Rosa Doherty

Friday, April 13, 2018

Let's talk about sex
UK News

Charedi rabbi defends Diane Abbott

Rosa Doherty

Wed, 13:19

Charedi rabbi defends Diane Abbott
UK News

Autistic artist Jake Chodesh paints celebrities for charity

Rosa Doherty

Friday, April 13, 2018

Autistic artist Jake Chodesh paints celebrities for charity
Features

I was hooked on ‘Jewish heroin’

Rosa Doherty

Thursday, April 12, 2018

I was hooked on ‘Jewish heroin’