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This is how Lena Dunham feels nine months after her hysterectomy

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Lena Dunham marks hysterectomy anniversary with nude photos. 

Lena Dunham has always used social media as means of connecting with her millions of followers, making a point of sharing her struggles, as well as her successes.

In recent months, the writer-producer has opened up about the chronic pain she suffered due to endometriosis. The pain was so severe that, in February, the Girls star revealed that she’d had her cervix and uterus removed.

Nine months on, and Dunham has marked the ‘anniversary’ by giving thanks to her body in a series of powerful snaps on Instagram.

“Today is National Leathercraft Day, National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Merengue Pie Day,” Dunham wrote.

“It’s also the nine-month anniversary of my hysterectomy. I’ve never celebrated the 9-month anniversary of anything and I realised last night why that number feels so funny – I won’t ever do it the way I planned to.”

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Dunham was admitted to hospital three times before making the decision to have the operation. And it was not a choice she made lightly: indeed, in a powerful open essay, the actress detailed the chronic pain she had endured as a result of her endometriosis, not to mention the “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” she had been through.

The Girls star goes on to explain that her uterus caused her so many issues that her friend had named it Judy.

“My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself. The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our centre,” Dunham wrote.

“My friend Paul named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like f**k even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy. Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for.”

Take note: let’s all be more thankful for our bodies.

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Endometriosis is “the name given to the condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body,” explains Endometriosis UK.

“Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.”

The condition can cause painful and/or heavy periods, as well as fatigue, bowel issues, bladder problems, depression and infertility.

Research has found that one in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK currently suffer from endometriosis. 

If you think you might be suffering from endometriosis then you can find out more information here about the many options available to you.

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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