After years of suffering from endometriosis and undergoing a surgery last April that allegedly left her free of the disease, Lena Dunham, 31, underwent a total hysterectomy to have her uterus and cervix removed, according to an essay she penned in the March 2018 issue of Vogue, which is excerpted on Endofound.org. Her ovaries remain inside her.
The elective surgery, which is not a cure for endometriosis, according to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, follows a new revelation Lena learned about her reproductive organs: “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," Lena wrote. "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.”
Although pain from endometriosis, which occurs when the tissue lining the uterus is found in regions outside of the organ, according to EFA, left her feeling powerless, the surgery has helped Lena shed light on the aspects of her life she can control – like parenthood. "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 wrote. "Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might."
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