“Your body failing you is a loss that’s hard to explain and yet the amount of messages I’ve gotten from women in a similar predicament has been so overwhelming, loving and heartening,” the Girls star, 31, wrote on Instagram on Friday, February 16.
“More than 60 million women in America are living with hysterectomies and those of you who’ve shared your plight and perseverance make me feel so honored to be in your company,” she continued. “Thank you to the village of women who took care of me through this entire process. I have a broken heart and I hear those don’t mend overnight, but we are linked forever by this experience and our refusal to let it hold any of us back from even the grandest dreams.”
As previously reported, Dunham wrote an essay in the March 2018 issue of Vogue about having her uterus and cervix removed last year in an attempt to end her pain from endometriosis, a condition that can cause pelvic discomfort, fertility issues and heavy bleeding during menstrual cycles.
The writer, who split from boyfriend of five years Jack Antonoff in December, said she can no longer carry a child of her own, but she is still open to the idea of becoming a mother one day.
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Lena Dunham & Jack Antonoff
Lena Dunham from the HBO series "Girls" and Jack Antonoff arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES -Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(EMMYS-ARRIVALS)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff attend The Ally Coalition & Above Average's 2015 Talent Show at New World Stages on December 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff are seen at LAX on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actress Lena Dunham and musician Jack Antonoff arrive at The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch at Greenacres, The Private Estate of Ron Burkle on October 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Musician Jack Antonoff and Lena Dunham perform at AUDIBLE IMPACT: Music & Activism at on August 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff seen on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by MPI67/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Actress Lena Dunham, musician Jack Antonoff, actress Jemima Kirke attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff attend the 'Girls' season four series premiere after party at The Museum of Natural History on January 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Jack Antonoff, Lena Dunham and Natalie Maines attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
REPEATING TO ADD NAME OF MAN IN PHOTO - Lena Dunham from the HBO series "Girls" and Jack Antonoff arrive at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES -Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(EMMYS-ARRIVALS)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 15: Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff attend the UK premiere of 'Girls: Season 3' at Cineworld Haymarket on January 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress/writer Lena Dunham (L) and musician Jack Antonoff with Moet & Chandon At The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Lena Dunham (L) and musician Jack Antonoff attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party held at Circa 55 Restaurant at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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“I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now,” she wrote. “Soon I’ll start exploring whether my ovaries, which remain someplace inside me in that vast cavern of organs and scar tissue, have eggs. Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might.”
Antonoff, 33, showed his support for his ex-girlfriend on Twitter on Wednesday, February 14, by sharing a link to her essay and writing, “Beautiful piece.” The essay included a bit about their relationship, with Dunham writing, “He reminds me again and again that I am still a woman and still alive, but I also know that soon — for so many reasons that have nothing to do with my uterus — we’ll slip away from each other and I will face everything I am losing in impossibly tiny steps.”