Lena Dunham has shared some personal news with her fans.
The 29-year-old posted an Instagram photo of what appeared to be herself in bed earlier this week, alongside which she explained that she’s unable to join the publicity tour for the new series of Girls.
This is due to the fact that she’s suffering from endometriosis, a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside it.
Lena captioned the image: ‘Hey Beloved Pals, I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won’t be out and about doing press for the new season.
‘As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women’s reproductive health.
‘I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to rest. That’s a hard thing to do, but I’m trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet.
‘I’m lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don’t have the option of time off and I won’t take it for granted.
‘Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you. Back soon xxLena.’
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According to the National Institutes of Health, endometriosis affects between 6-10% of women of reproductive age.
About 11% of these women will not experience symptoms. For the rest, they typically feel pain during their cycles. However, a small few end up devloping more chronic pain.
We hope you’re feeling a little better soon, Lena.