‘MY STOM­ACH IS FULL OF BLOOD’

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Girls star Lena Dun­ham has had her cervix and uterus re­moved in a to­tal hys­terec­tomy. She un­der­went the sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure af­ter suf­fer­ing with en­dometrio­sis for al­most two decades. The med­i­cal con­di­tion causes in­tense pain as the uter­ine lin­ing tis­sue grows out­side the uterus. Lena went pub­lic with her en­dometrio­sis di­ag­no­sis in her Lenny Let­ter on­line fo­rum in 2015, and now the 31-year-old has re­vealed all about her lat­est move to deal with the ill­ness in a new es­say for Vogue.

Re­veal­ing she awoke from the surgery to learn her in­ner or­gans were in a worse con­di­tion than she had imag­ined, the ac­tress writes: “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...”

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