The actress has been open about her painful struggle with endometriosis in the past.

By Dave Quinn, People
January 12, 2017
Lena Dunham, well known for writing and acting in the HBO television series Girls, has also penned two books about her college years: Not That Kind of Girl and Is It Evil Not to Be Sure? The writer and actress posted a workout selfie to Instagram that included a caption about how exercise calms her anxiety symptoms. In a 2014 interview with the Guardian, she talked about her anxiety, the fact that she has been in therapy since childhood, and body acceptance issues. "You know, it gets easier and easier. My fears came true: people called me fat and hideous, and I lived. And now I keep living."
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In a candid Instagram post on Tuesday, Lena Dunham told followers she has been on her period for nearly two weeks.

The 30-year-old Girls star shared a paparazzi photo of herself—snapped as she walked the streets wearing a white furry coat over a black shirt. In the caption she implies that while being trailed by a photographer can be annoying, she has other, more important things on her mind.

“When paparazzi follows you but you’re not even mad cuz you love your look and the chance to show off the leather skirt Jemima lent you and anyway you’ve had your period for 13 days and the inauguration is in 10 so this is the least of your f—— problems,” she wrote.

Alongside the shot she included the hashtag “#bleedforthis.”

In the past Dunham has been open about her painful struggle with endometriosis, a disorder that causes uterine tissue to grow outside the uterus. Its symptoms can include vaginal bleeding, cramps, chronic exhaustion, bloating, possible infertility and severe mood swings.

Though Dunham initially feared people finding out about her diagnosis, she decided to be honest with fans and tell them the truth. She has even said the disorder helped her become more in tune with her body.

“I am strong because of what I’ve dealt with. I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper-body strength,” she wrote in the eighth edition of her newsletter Lenny Letter. “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.”As Dunham lends her voice to raise awareness for endometriosis, she understands that every woman’s battle is different.

“Every single woman’s methods for getting better are different. So what works for one woman may absolutely not for another,” she told PEOPLE in April. “Obviously, excision surgery like what I’ve had twice…is really effective. But it’s something many women will have to battle with for their whole reproductive lives. And so, even though I’ve had these challenging moments, I feel lucky that I had the resources to handle them and smart people around me.”

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