Endometriosis is a chronic and painful disease that affects millions of females in the U.S. alone. However, many people do not know about it.
According to the Endometriosis Association, it is a condition where the tissue that lines the uterus, called endometrium, is found outside of the area in spots such as the Fallopian tubes, vagina, bladder, and ovaries. The growths can cause extreme pain, especially during menstruation, sex, and pregnancy. Other side effects include bleeding, fatigue, and even infertility.
Lena Dunham is one of approximately 6.3 million women in the United States with the condition, and she has been very vocal about raising awareness. Last year, she opened up in her Lenny Letter newsletter about her battle with endometriosis, and documents her struggles on Instagram.
In a recent Instagram story post, Dunham posted a bikini selfie where her endometriosis scars were fully on display.
She captioned the photo, "When the Target swimsuit does a bitch right, endo scars & all."
Dunham's swimsuit photo comes after Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley opened up about her nine year battle with endometriosis in a heartfelt Instagram post. Together, both women are using their public platforms to help bring awareness to a condition many don't know much about.
Dunham has been a leader of body positive conversations through her newsletter, Girls, and from recently posing in an unretouched lingerie shoot. Her bikini selfie with her visible endometriosis scars promotes a self-love message about embracing your body, regardless of what may be impacting it.