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Lena Dunham undergoes hysterectomy after chronic pain

From BBC - February 14, 2018

Lena Dunham has revealed she has undergone a total hysterectomy following years of suffering from the condition endometriosis.

The actress explained her decision in an essay for the March edition of US Vogue magazine.

Dunham, writer and star of TV series Girls, said she had gone through "years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits" but without success.

The 31-year-old said, however, that she still hopes to one day become a mother.

"I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now," she writes.

"Soon I will start exploring whether my ovaries, which remain someplace inside me in that vast cavern of organs and scar tissue, have eggs.

"Adoption is a thrilling truth I will pursue with all my might."

Endometriosis is a condition which means tissues that should line the uterus begin to grow outside.

It often leads to pain and other complications in the woman affected, which, in some cases, become extreme.

Dunham also said the hysterectomy surgery had led to its own problems for her.

Hysterectomy

What is it?: A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus).

Why is it necessary?: Hysterectomies are carried out to treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system.

What does the surgery involve?: The womb is removed and the patient may also have her cervix or ovaries removed, depending on her personal circumstances.

Is every hysterectomy the same?: There are various types of hysterectomy procedure depending on why the patient needs the operation and on personal medical advice.

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