Lena Dunham underwent a hysterectomy to ease endometriosis pain

Lena Dunham. (Photo: Greatstock/Splash)
Lena Dunham. (Photo: Greatstock/Splash)

Cape Town – Lena Dunham has penned an essay revealing another measure she went to, to end her chronic pain caused by endometriosis.

According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America the essay, which is featured in Vogue magazine’s March issue, details Lena’s decision to go through with the procedure first hand.

Lena writes that her decision came after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” as well as trying countless treatments including, “pelvic floor therapy, massage therapy, pain therapy, colour therapy, acupuncture and yoga.”

Lena goes on to reveal that following the surgery her health issues appeared to be worse than she thought.

“In addition to endometrial disease an odd hump-like protrusion and a septum running down the middle, 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 31-year-old wrote.

Lena added that amongst all the negative there was one “beautiful detail,” which was that the organ - which is meant to be shaped like a light bulb - was shaped like a heart.”

The Girls star also addressed the prospect of having kids following her hysterectomy.

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.”