Lena Dunham takes time off due to endometriosis and doctors' orders

By Julie Delahaye

At her doctors' request, Lena Dunham has left the press tour for the fifth season of Girls to tend to her health. The 29-year-old star, who struggles with endometriosis, revealed her "rough patch with the illness" in a candid post on Instagram.

TAP TO VIEW A GALLERY Lena Dunham revealed doctors told her to rest.

"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," she wrote to her 2.3 million followers alongside a photo of her hand.

"As many of you know, I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately one 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."

Lena won't join the press tour for the fifth season of Girls.

The writer and producer went on to explain she felt grateful for being able to take time off, with the full support of both the cast and crew of the popular TV show.

"I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang," she continued. "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."

It's not the first time the actress has spoken candidly about the condition. In a heart-felt essay penned in her newsletter, Lena opened up about living with endometriosis, but revealed she felt stronger as a person from coping with it.

"But I am strong because of what I've dealt with. I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper-body strength," she said. "And I am no longer scared of my body. In fact, I listen to it when it speaks. I have no choice but to respect what it tells me, to respect the strength of its voice and the truth of my own."

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