Just as the promo tour for Season 5 of “Girls” gears up, Lena Dunham is forced to bow out of the activities due to a flare up of a chronic condition she suffers from, known as endometriosis.
On Monday, Feb. 8, the series star, and creator, took to Facebook to announce her absence from the show’s press tour.
“As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women’s reproductive health,” she says in the post. “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.”
“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,” she continues.
“I’m lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni [Konner], Judd [Apatow] and the whole Girls gang. 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.”
In November, the 29-year-old actress discussed the illness in detail, sharing her painful symptoms in a Lenny Letter at PEOPLE.
Dunham admits to PEOPLE that she treats her condition monthly with injections.
“I am strong because of what I’ve dealt with. I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper-body strength,” she says. “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.”
“Girls” Season 5 will premiere on Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.