Lena Dunham cancels press for Girls S4 due to endometriosis

Is taking some much-needed rest...

By Mel Evans

As someone who would surely love to be championing the new season of her own show, this has got to be heartbreaking for Lena Dunham. But every gal in charge knows that health comes first!

On Monday (US time) the Girls writer, producer, director, actress, all-round-legend posted on Instagram that she was taking a step back from the usual new season promo due to health concerns.

“Hey Beloved Pals, **I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it's 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. I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted. ** **Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you. **

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This isn’t the first time Lena has spoken about her struggle with the often-debilitating condition, that affects one in ten Australian women.

In November, she explained in her Lenny Letter that endometriosis, simply put, is, “when the tissue that lines the uterus grows in other places in the body. This usually means on the ovaries, in the abdominal cavity, and on the bladder and major organs like the liver and kidneys (though, in rare cases, the errant tissue has been found as far away as the brain). The menstrual cycle causes the tissue to swell and bleed, causing pain, fatigue, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, and a host of other physical symptoms. Endometriosis can also be a source of infertility.”

"From the first time I got my period, it didn't feel right,” she says. “The stomachaches began quickly and were more severe than the mild-irritant cramps seemed to be for the blonde women in pink-hued Midol commercials.”

It wasn’t until she was struck down in Amsterdam while on her Not That Kind of Girl book tour that Lena went to her doctor and was properly diagnosed via invasive surgery.

While we’re amped for the new season of her show to hit our screens on Feb 23 (on Showcase), we’re also wishing Lena the speediest of speedy recoveries!