Lena Dunham has made no secret of her struggle with endometriosis, which caused the Girls star to be rushed to the hospital on Saturday after an ovarian cyst ruptured. The 29-year-old will be undergoing surgery.
"Lena Dunham has been very public with her personal bouts with endometriosis," her spokesperson Cindi Berger said in a statement. "Lena will be undergoing surgery at an undisclosed hospital. We thank you for your understanding and hope that Lena's privacy will be respected."
The writer and producer recently spoke candidly about her condition, confessing that she was taking a break from work – including the press tour for the upcoming season of Girls – after doctors ordered 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 in a post on Instagram to her 2.3 million followers.
"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.
Thank you all so much for the support over the last few weeks. I cannot even begin to express how much good your generosity has done for my body/soul. I've met so many amazing sisters (and bros!) in arms through what some might label my "over-sharing" and it has healed me in a multitude of ways. And, to add to my good fortune, TOMORROW I get to bring you more @girlshbo at 10:00pm on HBO. In this pic I was headed to the gynecologist feeling decidedly unglamorous when I passed a bus bearing our poster. Remind you of a certain iconic credits sequence? CC @sarahjessicaparker I'm mending nicely and it's all your fault ❤️ love you like whoa, grateful too-- Lena
"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 also 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 Girlsgang," 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 xx Lena,".
A week later, the star once again took to social media, this time to thank her fans for their supportive messages. "Thank you all so much for the support over the last few weeks," she wrote. "I cannot even begin to express how much good your generosity has done for my body/soul. I've met so many amazing sisters (and bros!) in arms through what some might label my "over-sharing" and it has healed me in a multitude of ways."