Lena Dunham revealed that she had her left ovary surgically removed, following her battle with endometriosis. On the 17th of October, the Girls creator wrote on Instagram that her ovary on the left side was “attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it hard” for her to walk.
Lena told her fans that she was feeling a “constipation vibe,” because of the surgery, alongside a picture of her in her hospital bed. Moreover, the star explained to her fans and followers that she was more like a “burrito” acting like a human.
As it was previously reported, Dunham, 32, revealed she had a hysterectomy in the ending of 2017. The star had her cervix and uterus removed as a part of her fight with endometriosis. While many of her fans were supportive, others suggested other forms of therapy.
On the ‘Gram, Lena attacked some of her haters who suggested for her to take supplements and undergo acupuncture instead of having a hysterectomy.
However, the Girls star revealed she is doing all of that as well, in addition to taking advice from official doctors, rather than engaging purely in Eastern practices.
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Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp. Over the last month it got worse and worse until I was simply a burrito posing as a human. *** My mother took this picture after I spent 9 hours in the post op recovery area with v low blood pressure, the nurses were diligently monitoring. I was so out of it that I thought I looked sensually moody a la Charlotte Rampling (turns out it was more of a constipation vibe.) *** A lot of people commented on my last post about being too sick to finish promoting my show by saying my hysterectomy should have fixed it (I mean *should* is a weird one). That I should get acupuncture and take supplements (I do). That I should see a therapist because it’s clearly psychological (year 25, y’all. These are the fruits!) But a big lesson I’ve learned in all this is that health, like most things, isn’t linear- things improve and things falter and you start living off only cranberry juice from a sippy cup/sleeping on a glorified heating pad but you’re also happier than you’ve been in years. I feel blessed creatively and tickled by my new and improved bellybutton and so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off my plan. But I’m simultaneously shocked by what my body is and isn’t doing for me and red with rage that access to medical care is a privilege and not a right in this country and that women have to work extra hard just to prove what we already know about our own bodies and beg for what we need to be well. It’s humiliating. *** My health not being a given has paid spiritual dividends I could never have predicted and it’s opened me up in wild ways and it’s given me a mission: to advocate for those of us who live at the cross section of physical and physic pain, to remind women that our stories don’t have to look one way, our pain is our gain and oh shit scars and mesh “panties” are the fucking jam. Join me, won’t you? *** 📷 @lauriesimmons
As you may or may not know, Lena is very vocal about her battle with endometriosis. Moreover, on more than one occasion, she has described the difficult experience people go through to receive basic health care in the United States, which she describes as a “privilege” rather than a “right,” in America.
At the time, Dunham relied on her ex-boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, whom she was in a relationship with from 2012 until 2017. A source previously stated that Jack was incredibly supportive.
“They speak every day, and they’re always good friends. These days, Lena is very concerned with her health and wellbeing. And I don’t blame her. What’s the point of being successful if you’re not in good spirits?”