Lena Dunham is taking time off from promoting her HBO series Girls to battle a serious health problem.
The 29-year-old actress and writer has endometriosis, a female reproduction health disorder. It occurs when the tissue lining the uterus strays outside the womb and grows in places it is not supposed to. Aside from causing severe pain, it may cause infertility.
"As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health," Dunham wrote on Instagram as she shared the news.
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
The new season of Girls is set to air on February 21. The show will end next year after a six season run.
In her note to fans, Dunham, the series creator, wrote: “All I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet.”