How terrible! Lena Dunham was forced to cancel her ‘Lenny IRL’ tour to focus on her health after her endometriosis symptoms worsened. Here are five things to know about the difficult condition that affects 6-10 percent of the female population.
It seems like almost everything in Lena Dunham’s, 31, life has been amazing lately. She finished her series Girls with a bang, went through an incredible weight loss, and was prepared to speak to fans at Lenny IRL, a tour that will focus on sharing her passions in different cities. But, unfortunately, she had to back out of the event due to health problems from her endometriosis. The actress announced the news on her Facebook page, and promised fans would get refunds since her body “doesn’t have what it takes to do this tour.”
So what exactly is endometriosis? D. Braithwaite R.N. explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY five things about the disorder to get a better idea of how it affects women and what exactly Lena is dealing with:
1) Endometriosis causes tissue to build up on the outside of a woman’s uterus.
“Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus begins to grows outside and it begins to line other parts of your intestinal tract. The results can be felt when you have your cycle, it is extremely painful.”
2) Endometriosis can make pregnancy difficult among other challenging symptoms.
“It is difficult to get pregnant as it continues to grow and spread over the years so you want to have surgery to deal with it, you can laser it off, or burn it off too. Each case is different but some common symptoms include painful intercourse bowel movements, and periods. There can also be excessive bleeding, constipation and nausea.”
3) No one really knows what causes it.
“It is random who gets it but some women are genetically predisposed. Daughters or sisters of women with endometriosis are at a higher risk for developing the condition. There is no way to cure it, only a way to treat it once you have it.”
4) There are ways to deal with endometriosis.
“There are hormonal treatments, like taking a birth control and you take it constantly so you never have a menses, you never have your period. And surgery, which is not so much of a cure but can be used as a treatment. There is no real cure.”
5) It can be a very painful.
“It is a painful condition with pain that returns on a regular basis with your cycle. It can really interfere with your fertility too and it can very debilitating. It can be very challenging for anyone woman who has the condition.”
HollywoodLifers, how do you feel about Lena’s struggling with endometriosis? Have you or a loved one dealt with the challenging condition? Let us know how you feel about this important issue in women’s health.