Lena Dunham's battle with endometriosis made her take 'ownership' of her body

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham's battle with endometriosis has helped her to take "ownership" of her body.

The actress and director battled the condition for many years, until she made the brave decision to undergo a hysterectomy to end her suffering.

And in an interview with Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine, she confessed that the experience has had a positive effect on her self-confidence.

"Having endometriosis has had a really interesting effect on my relationship with my body," Lena shared. "Pain does not inherently make you feel sexy; pain doesn't make you feel beautiful, but in another way it's forced me to really take ownership of my body and express my needs."

The Girls creator and star also candidly discussed the sex positions that now work for her post-hysterectomy, and said she can now dictate what she can and cannot wear on photoshoots because of the side effects of endometriosis, which include bloating.

"It's forced me to really navigate more honestly with other people, and be more careful and honest with my body than I would have been otherwise," the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star explained.

Lena is one of more than 176 million women across the world who suffer from the condition, which occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and Fallopian tubes. It can cause stomach and pelvic pain, pain during or after sex, nausea, diarrhoea, and difficulty getting pregnant.

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