Lena Dunham Won’t Do Press for ‘Girls’ Season 5 Due to Health Condition

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With the debut of “Girls” season five quickly approaching, show creator and star Lena Dunham announced she will not be doing press for the show due to a health condition, endometriosis. Dunham posted a photo and statement on Facebook detailing her current state of health.

“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,” Dunham posted. “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.”

This isn’t the first time Dunham has been vocal about her health. Last November, she opened up about endometriosis and OCD in her newsletter Lenny Letter. “But I am strong because of what I’ve dealt with,” Dunham wrote. “I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper-body strength. And I am no longer scared of my body. In fact, I listen to it when it speaks. I have no choice but to respect what it tells me, to respect the strength of its voice and the truth of my own.”

Season five of “Girls” premieres on HBO on Feb. 21.

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  1. Rockdad says:

    I figured it was a “mental health” condition.

  2. YouNotYou says:

    Could you possibly sound more melodramatic about such a minor condition.

    • It’s not a minor condition at all. I have friends who have suffered terribly with it. It can cause extreme pain, pretty awful bowel and bladder issues, infertility and can require surgery or even total hysterectomy to fix. Imagine facing a hysterectomy in your early twenties, before you’ve even begun to think of having children yet? That was the situation one of my friends faced, when the usual surgery didn’t work. You might want to research a condition before you declare it minor.

    • Would a minor condition effect approximately 176 million women in the world?

      Would a minor condition not have a cure and still stump medical professionals?

      Would a minor condition cause painful sex, infertility, miscarriages, heavy menstrual bleeding, sciatica, painful menstrual cramps, painful urination, painful bowel movements, extreme bloating (most days I look 4 months pregnant), depression and fatigue? And These are just a few things that women with Endo can experience.

      I have Endometriosis and it is not a minor condition. I’ve suffered from this disease since I was 11 and wasn’t diagnosed until I was 21. I’ve had 3 surgeries in 2 years, all unsuccessful in giving me a pain free life. I used to only have painful periods, but now the pain is constant. Also, I’m infertile and have had one miscarriage.

      This disease is terrible and women need more support instead of uneducated comments like yours.

    • jules says:

      you obviously didn’t read her essay in Lenny that was linked in the article, which was actually very eye-opening. Endometriosis affects each woman differently and Lena clearly has a very extreme version. It’s NOT a minor condition in any way shape or form.

  3. Prayers and blessings to you Lena Dunham. In Jesus name Amen! <3

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