Following years of persistent 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 revealed excerpts of the article on its web site Tuesday.
The 31-year-old “Girls” creator stated she’d made the troublesome determination to bear the hysterectomy, which includes the removing of the uterus and cervix, following “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” and various remedies together with pelvic flooring remedy, therapeutic massage remedy, acupuncture and yoga.
Dunham stated her surgeons discovered a number of different issues together with her reproductive organs whereas they have been performing the process.
“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,” Dunham stated. “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.”
Dunham has been hospitalized a number of occasions in recent times for endometriosis. Last April, she stated she was “endometriosis-free” after present process surgical procedure to maneuver her ovaries away from her rectal wall. Weeks later, nevertheless, 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 pressured her to cancel her “Lenny Letter: America IRL” tour. At the time she stated she was in “the greatest amount of physical pain that I have ever experienced.”
“After being told I was endometriosis-free after my last procedure, more disease was found in deeper spots that required immediate surgery and now physical therapy,” Dunham wrote in a observe to followers on the Lenny Letter web site.
In the current Vogue article, Dunham expressed feeling like she lastly had “choices” after feeling “choiceless” for therefore lengthy. She additionally expressed an curiosity in having youngsters sooner or later both by means of surrogacy or adoption.
“Soon I’ll start exploring whether my ovaries, which remain someplace inside me in that vast cavern of organs and scar tissue, have eggs,” she stated. “Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might.”
“So many people who suffer will never have the resources I’ve had,” she stated final April. “My job is to educate people, to try to change the pathetic lack of resources for endometriosis, but it’s also to seize this gift. I’ll be more useful that way.”
Worldwide, about 176 million women endure from endometriosis, based on the Endometriosis Foundation. In the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 women is impacted by the situation, which may trigger persistent ache and fatigue, urinary and bowel issues and fertility issues.
There are numerous remedy 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 anybody choice.