Is Lena Dunham ready to have children with her boyfriend Jack Antonoff? The Girls star and creator has voiced her discomfort in marriage before, but is she ready to be a mother?
In an interview with Jane Fonda for Paper Magazine, the Girls star said that having endometriosis has made the couple discuss about potential fertility issues that the condition might cause.
“I have endometriosis, and I’ve said to my boyfriend, ‘If fertility ends up being a challenge for me, I’m not gonna be the person who spends six years in IVF’ because while I’m really intrigued by the possibility of carrying a child in my body, and I don’t judge anyone else’s choices, for me, years and years of hormones and body manipulation wouldn’t work for my psychology and my body.”
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She continued, “It’s not important enough to me that my child come out of my body and it’s not important to me, really at all, that the child belonged to Jack and me on a genetic level.”
This isn’t the first time the star opened up about having endometriosis. As the Inquisitr reported, Dunham recently had to cancel her portion of the upcoming press tour for the fifth season of Girls due to a recent flare up with her medical condition.
She posted the following message on Instagram.
“Hey Beloved Pals, I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won’t be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women’s reproductive health. 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. I’m lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd 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. Back soon xxLena”
Prior to that announcement, Dunham opened up in an essay for her newsletter, Lenny, about her painful struggle with endometriosis. She was first diagnosed in the first season of her hit HBO show, despite struggling with the painful symptoms years prior. Endometriosis is very hard to diagnose because the symptoms are varied.
Dunham explained, “Nonstop vaginal bleeding, severe cramps, mood swings and exhaustion — were often mislabeled as appendicitis, colitis or simply female whining.”
“During the worst of it, my father brought me to the ER, where they prodded my appendix and suggested it might be food poisoning and that we should go home and wait it out.”
As for her relationship with Antonoff, the LGBT advocate had said that she would get married when everyone had rights to marry. When that happened, Dunham admitted to herself and the world that she wasn’t ready to get hitched to her boyfriend of three years.
“I also have to say I feel intimidated because I don’t want to espouse any stereotypes, but gay people are kind of killing it at weddings right now they’re kind of winning at weddings. So I don’t want to go in and kind of pale in comparison.”
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