Lena Dunham Reveals She Had a Hysterectomy to Stop Pain From Endometriosis

Lena Dunham said she underwent a total hysterectomy — the surgical removal of the cervix and uterus — in an attempt to ease the pain caused by endometriosis. In an essay for the March issue of Vogue, which was excerpted by the Endometriosis Foundation of America, the Girls creator said she had the surgery to address chronic pain from endometriosis, which occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of a woman’s uterus grows in places outside the uterus. Dunham, 31, has been open in the past about her struggle with the condition, which affects about 176 million women across the globe. Dunham wrote in her essay that she elected to have a hysterectomy after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” and alternative treatments, including yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy. CNN reports that Dunham had to convince doctors that she wanted to have the surgery, which will make her unable to bear children. But Dunham, who said she always wanted to have children, wrote that she’ll now consider surrogacy or adoption. “I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now,” Dunham wrote. “Soon I’ll 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’ll pursue with all my might.”
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Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: IMAGES IN Gynecological Surgery Source Type: research
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Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
Authors: Abstract Dysmenorrhea, or menstrual pain, is the most common menstrual symptom among adolescent girls and young women. Most adolescents experiencing dysmenorrhea have primary dysmenorrhea, defined as painful menstruation in the absence of pelvic pathology. When the patient's history suggests primary dysmenorrhea, empiric treatment should be initiated. When a patient does not experience clinical improvement for her dysmenorrhea within 3-6 months of therapy initiation, her obstetrician-gynecologist should investigate for possible secondary causes and for treatment adherence. Secondary dysmenorrhea refers t...
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
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Source: Recent Patents on Inflammation and Allergy Drug Discovery - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
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Source: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
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Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
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Source: The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Biology of Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Biol Reprod Source Type: research
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