Lena Dunham Is Taking A Break From Working Due To Endometriosis

Monday Lena Dunham posted a heartfelt message to her fans on Instagram about her plans to slow down in the near future. Despite the sixth and final season of “Girls” premiering on February 21, the show’s creator will not be doing press for it. Instead she will be focusing on managing her endometriosis, a chronic and often painful condition that Dunham and an estimated five million women suffer from.

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. Back soon xxLena

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Feb 8, 2016 at 12:42pm PST

Dunham has written about the pain prior to this in her 2014 memoir Not That Kind Of Girlso she’s probably been struggling with this for a long time. Self-care is not the sexiest thing to do in Hollywood, but making the difficult decision to do that is something we should all respect.

Sure, not all 5 million women who deal with endometriosis have the resources or option to take time off like Dunham, but that’s no reason to throw shade. By making this likely tough call publicly, she’s raising awareness about the disease and legitimizing it as health issue. That may not be ideal for Girls, but it’s vital for women.