Lena Dunham has scored nine month after having a complete hysterectomy by the sharing of three nude selfies on his Instagram.
The Girls star, who had surgery to 31, revealed that she had been “battling endometriosis for a decade” in February.
Endometriosis is a disease that affects one in 10 women in the UK and can cause heavy periods, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems and infertility.
“I’ve never celebrated the nine month anniversary of nothing,” Lena wrote.
“I realized last night why this number is so funny, I can’t do it the way I planned it.”
In one of the photos of Lena also presented a “RIP Judy” tattoo, which is the name Lena said that she and her friend gave him of the womb.
“Today, I give thanks to Judy, for his graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I have ever given you credit for,” she added.
“Happy Giving Birth To Me-Same Day.”
Jilian Neckar, 25 years old, have endometriosis and heavy menstrual bleeding, a condition which meant that she had 14 days from the age of 11 years.
She told Newsbeat she considered having a hysterectomy, an operation to remove the uterus, after having the surgery to try to relieve his symptoms, which was not quite successful.
“I started to think,” Well why don’t I have a hysterectomy and just stop because I can’t continue to live like this”.
“I can’t go through the surgery, go through the pain, the absolute mental fatigue and exhaustion from the surgery and then not have a result.”‘Different for every woman
While a hysterectomy may be the right decision for some women, the operation itself is a controversial issue.
“A hysterectomy is not a treatment for endometriosis,” said Emma Cox, chief executive of Endometriosis UK.
“If it is different for every woman, quite often, this is not the uterus itself that is affected, it is other organs, such as the intestine, and, potentially, the bladder, etc.,” she explained.
“What this means is that if someone has a hysterectomy, what could be a healthy organ, it could actually leave the rest of the endometriosis.”
Even if Jilian was well aware that a hysterectomy does not always help the condition, she said she was willing to take the risk at the time.
“Even a few weeks ago I was crying in my boyfriend’s arms, saying: I just want that everything stops and I can’t live like this.
“But for me, the big decision that I’ve been focused on, is that this is not necessarily a cure and there are many impacts of having a hysterectomy.”
One of these impacts is young menopause, Jilian feels would have made a much more lasting impact on his life that multiple surgical procedures through endometriosis.
“This is not a simple remedy, and I think that is really what I wanted and why I was in search of a hysterectomy.
“I was looking for something that would make me well again.”
Emma advises all those who are planning to get a hysterectomy to talk to a specialist in endometriosis and that you are aware of the long-term implications.
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