Lena Dunham dropped out of her promotional tour for the upcoming season of Girls due to a flare-up of endometriosis, a chronic and often-painful condition that affects the lining of the uterus. The actor, writer and director announced on Facebook and Instagram that she was going through a “rough patch” with the disease and that she needed 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,” she wrote. “So many women with this disease literally don’t have the option of time off and I won’t take it for granted.”
Dunham has written about her struggle with endometriosis before, in a November issue of the newsletter Lenny that she publishes with co-showrunner Jenni Konner, where she recalled how her condition went undiagnosed for more than a decade. According to The Telegraph, an estimated 176 million women worldwide have the disease.
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