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Lena Dunham reveals she had ovary removed, blasts US health care

Jewish actress and ‘Girls’ creator opens up about her health struggles, vows to advocate for those ‘at the cross section of physical and physic pain’

Lena Dunham attends the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall in New York on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Lena Dunham attends the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall in New York on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

American actress, writer and director Lena Dunham revealed Thursday she had an operation to remove her left ovary due to extensive pain.

The “Girls” creator last year underwent a hysterectomy to help alleviate her endometriosis but said she continued to suffer from symptoms that made it hard to “walk/pee/vamp.”

“Over the last month it got worse and worse until I was simply a burrito posing as a human,” Dunham wrote on her Instagram account next to a picture of her in a hospital bed after the surgery.

In the post, Dunham wrote that her experience made her better appreciate the importance of health and criticize health care policies in the United States.

“I feel blessed creatively and tickled by my new and improved belly button and so so so lucky to have health insurance as well as money for care that is off of my plan. But I’m simultaneously shocked by what my body is and isn’t doing for me and red with rage that access to medical care is a privilege and not a right in this country and that women have to work extra hard just to prove what we already know about our own bodies and beg for what we need to be well,” she wrote.

Dunham, who is Jewish, said her health problems have “paid spiritual dividends” and said moving forward she would advocate for women’s health and those at “at the cross-section of physical and physic pain.”

On Friday, Dunham said she was shutting down her online feminist newsletter.

In this photo from April 22, 2017, producers Jenni Konner, left, and Lena Dunham attend a screening of ‘Tokyo Project’ during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)

She said the publication she co-founded three years ago, Lenny, had reached its “final chapter.” In a message to readers, Dunham wrote that there was “no one reason” for the decision and said she was proud that Lenny had provided a forum for “new voices.”

The message was also signed by Lenny co-founder Jenni Konner and by editorial director Molly Elizalde.

Dunham and Konner, who is also Jewish, were executive producers of “Girls,” the acclaimed HBO series in which Dunham starred. They had ended their producing partnership over the summer.

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