Here’s everything you need to know about endometriosis, the condition that forced Lena Dunham into emergency surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst.
Lena Dunham, 29, is recovering after undergoing emergency surgery on Saturday, March 5, in New York City. Now, learn five fast facts about endometriosis, including what it is, how it is treated, and which other celebrities suffer from the disorder.
1.) What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful disorder that affects women, in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus grows outside of it instead. The tissue acts as it normally would inside a uterus, swelling up, breaking down, and then bleeding like a menstrual cycle. Unfortunately because the tissue is outside the uterus it becomes trapped inside the body. Endometriosis can also cause cysts on ovaries, and if scar tissue develops it can abnormally connect organs together.
2.) Why Did Lean Need Surgery For Her Endometriosis?
Unfortunately for Lena, her endometriosis is quite severe, and when a cyst growing on her ovary broke it caused her intense amounts of pain. Although it’s unclear exactly how severe Lena’s cyst rupture was, surgery is often needed in those situations if bleeding continues or is excessive.
3.) What Are The Symptoms of Endometriosis?
Symptoms associated with endometriosis are extreme bouts of pain, especially during a woman’s menstrual cycle. While most women experience cramps with their periods, those suffering from endometriosis will complain of pain that is far, far worse and debilitating. Pain can also occur during bowel movements and urination.
4.) How Can Endometriosis Be Treated?
Most doctors will recommend a woman with endometriosis take an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, if the pain is too severe or ongoing, a woman may be prescribed hormone supplements. Of course in extreme cases like Lena’s, surgery can sometimes be needed.
5.) Do Other Celebrities Have Endometriosis?
Yes, they do. Lena is not the only actress or celebrity suffering from endometriosis. Jillian Andrews, Tia Mowry, Whoopi Goldberg, Julianne Hough, and Susan Sarandon have all been open about their condition throughout their careers.
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