Lena Dunham has full hysterectomy

Lena Dunham has full hysterectomy

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 31-year-old actress and writer told why she made a decision to have the procedure - the surgical removal of the cervix and uterus - in an essay for Vogue.

Lena said that the decision to opt for the surgery was a hard one, following multiple surgeries over the years and various therapies including massage and acupuncture. Let's please not even talk about my uterine lining. Despite all of the bad news, the organ is "shaped like a heart". "As a child, I would stuff my shirt with a pile of hot laundry and march around the living room beaming", she writes.

The operation, which Lena elected to have, came following "years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits", as well as various other alternative treatments including "pelvic floor therapy, massage therapy, pain therapy, colour therapy, acupuncture", and more.

Doctors discovered she had other medical issues that were causing her pain during the procedure. She thought it was all over last April, when she announced she was free of endometriosis after surgery to separate her ovaries from her rectal wall.

The HBO star has been very open about her struggles with the endometriosis, a disorder which causes tissue that normally lines the uterus to grow outside of it.

She had to cancel her "Lenny Letter: America IRL" tour due to the same. She has also been outspoken about the need to spread awareness. "Soon I'll start exploring whether my ovaries, which remain someplace inside me in that vast cavern of organs and scar tissue, have eggs".

It's been months since her procedure, and Dunham said she has not given up on the idea of motherhood.

Worldwide, about 176 million women suffer from endometriosis, according to the Endometriosis Foundation. The chronic and debilitating condition can affect all women and girls of a childbearing age, and may lead to infertility, fatigue and bowel or bladder problems. The Endometriosis Foundation urges patients to fully discuss all possibilities and risks with their physician before deciding on any one option.

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