lena dunham gi Lena Dunham leaves Girls press tour due to chronic illness: Its time to rest

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.

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“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.

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“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.

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