“Lena Dunham has been very public with her personal bouts with endometriosis. This morning, she suffered from an ovarian cyst rupture and has been taken to the hospital. Lena will be undergoing surgery at an undisclosed hospital. We thank you for you understanding and hope that Lena’s privacy will be respected.”
Dunham had announced last month that she would not be on the media circuit to promote Season 6 of Girls because of her battle with endometriosis, a disease where the tissue that makes up the lining of the uterus (womb) grows in other areas of the pelvis.
The ovaries, where a woman’s eggs are produced, have tiny fluid-filled sacs called follicles or cysts. As the egg grows, the follicle builds up fluid. When the egg matures, the follicle breaks open, the egg is released, and the egg travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus (womb) for fertilization. This is called ovulation.
Ovarian cysts form in or on the ovaries. They are fluid-filled sacs. The most common type of ovarian cyst is a functional cyst.
Functional cysts often form during the menstrual cycle. The two types are:
If you have these symptoms, get help right away:
Watchful waiting. If you have a cyst, you may be told to wait and have a second exam in 1 to 3 months. Your doctor will check to see if the cyst has changed in size.
This is a common treatment option for women who:
It may be an option for postmenopausal women.
Surgery. Your doctor may want to remove the cyst if you are postmenopausal, or if it:
Some women have many cysts in their ovaries. This is called Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCO). You can learn more about this disease by clicking here.