Following years of power ache and quite a few surgical procedures, Lena Dunham says she has undergone a complete hysterectomy within the hopes of lastly ending her years-long wrestle with endometriosis.
Dunham has spoken openly in the past about her experiences with endometriosis — which happens when endometrial tissue, which usually strains the within of the uterus, grows in and on different organs. She shared the information of her hysterectomy within the March 2018 version of Vogue. The Endometriosis Foundation of America printed excerpts of the article on its web site Tuesday.
The 31-year-old “Girls” creator mentioned she’d made the troublesome resolution to endure the hysterectomy, which entails the removing of the uterus and cervix, following “years of complicated surgical procedures measuring within the double digits” and various therapies together with pelvic flooring remedy, therapeutic massage remedy, acupuncture and yoga.
Dunham mentioned her surgeons discovered a number of different points together with her reproductive organs whereas they had been performing the process.
“In addition to endometrial illness, an odd hump-like protrusion and a septum operating down the center, I’ve retrograde bleeding, a.okay.a. my interval operating in reverse in order that my abdomen is stuffed with blood,” Dunham mentioned. “My ovary has settled in on the muscle tissue across the sacral nerves in my again that permit us to stroll. Let’s please not even discuss my uterine lining. The solely lovely element is that the organ — which is supposed to be formed like a lightweight bulb — was formed like a coronary heart.”
Dunham has been hospitalized a number of occasions lately for endometriosis. Last April, she mentioned she was “endometriosis-free” after present process surgical procedure to maneuver her ovaries away from her rectal wall. Weeks later, nonetheless, she suffered problems from the process and needed to be rushed to the hospital following a pink carpet look on the 2017 Met Gala.
Those problems compelled her to cancel her “Lenny Letter: America IRL” tour. At the time she mentioned she was in “the greatest amount of physical pain that I have ever experienced.”
“After being informed I used to be endometriosis-free after my final process, extra illness was present in deeper spots that required instant surgical procedure and now bodily remedy,” Dunham wrote in a word to followers on the Lenny Letter web site.
In the current Vogue article, Dunham expressed feeling like she lastly had “selections” after feeling “choiceless” for thus lengthy. She additionally expressed an curiosity in having kids sooner or later both by way of surrogacy or adoption.
“Soon I’ll begin exploring whether or not my ovaries, which stay someplace inside me in that huge cavern of organs and scar tissue, have eggs,” she mentioned. “Adoption is an exciting fact I’ll pursue with all my may.”
“So many individuals who are suffering won’t ever have the sources I’ve had,” she mentioned final April. “My job is to coach folks, to attempt to change the pathetic lack of sources for endometriosis, however it’s additionally to grab this reward. I’ll be extra helpful that means.”
Worldwide, about 176 million girls undergo from endometriosis, in keeping with the Endometriosis Foundation. In the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 girls is impacted by the situation, which may trigger power ache and fatigue, urinary and bowel problems and fertility points.
There are varied therapy choices for victims of the situation, together with non-surgical ache administration and surgical choices that may embrace the removing of organs. The Endometriosis Foundation urges sufferers to fully discuss all possibilities and risks with their doctor earlier than deciding on anyone choice.