Lena Dunham underwent total hysterectomy

Lena Dunham underwent total hysterectomy

Recently, the former Girls star made the hard and incredibly emotional decision to undergo a hysterectomy at 31 - and now she's opening up about why.

Girls writer and actress Lena explained in her essay the additional health conditions that led to her hysterectomy.

Days later, Lena canceled her nationwide "Lenny IRL" tour, telling fans that she was, "in the greatest amount of physical pain that I have ever experienced" after doctors discovered more endometriosis during subsequent surgery.

Endometriosis was for decades a taboo subject - a disease caused by tissue similar to the lining of the womb growing elsewhere, most commonly in the abdomen, ovaries, in the rectovaginal septum, bladder and bowel.

She said dealing with endometriosis distanced her from her romantic partner.

As a remedy, the producer tried doing everything it takes just to get the pain off of her mind, but she confessed that she could only do so much and that she thought of having her uterus removed.

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"I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now", she added. She later checked herself into the hospital and made the decision to have the procedure to remove her uterus and cervix.

It often leads to pain and other complications in the woman affected, which, in some cases, become extreme.

Although the star no longer has the same reproductive makeup, she is determined to have kids and is now exploring her options, biologically or otherwise, for making that happen.

Dunham and musician Jack Antonoff announced in January that they had ended their five-year relationship. She still plans to have a family and says she will approach options like adoption "with all my might". The 31-year-old actress talked about her condition once again and revealed her harrowing experiences with it. She described her lifelong dreams of motherhood and the period of "mourning" during which she confronted the reality that a hysterectomy would make her unable to carry a child.

"I wanted to know what nine months of complete togetherness could feel like".

"This tissue thickens and bleeds during your monthly cycle, however, the blood can not escape through the vagina", says consultant gynaecologist at Nuffield Health, Bristol, Dr Caroline Overton."This blood becomes trapped and irritates tissue around it". Even with the new unbearable pain she was feeling, laboratory tests could not pinpoint what was wrong with her uterus.

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