The author and actress has used her experience with anxiety and OCD to break down the stigma of mental illness medication, and has been a passionate advocate for birth control and Planned Parenthood. She’s also helped to raise the profile of endometriosis, a chronic and incurable illness that affects one in 10 women.
The 29-year-old has been living with endo for a number of years, and manages its symptoms through monthly injections. However, the illness can still take its toll, and this morning Dunham explained it’s the reason she won’t be be “out and about doing press” for the upcoming sixth season of her HBO show Girls.
"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 six of Girls the best one yet," she posted on Instagram.
"I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from ... 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."
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