“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,” Dunham’s rep, Cindi Berger, said in a statement to People. “Lena will be undergoing surgery at an undisclosed hospital. We thank you for you understanding and hope that Lena’s privacy will be respected.”
The Girls actress took to Facebook in February to speak about her endometriosis to fans and explain why she wouldn’t be doing press for the show’s fifth season.
“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,” Dunham penned.
“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,” she continued, signing off her heartfelt post with, “Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you. Back soon xx Lena.”
In the March issue of Paper Magazine, Jane Fonda interviewed the HBO actress who openly discussed her chronic condition. “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,’” Dunham said, adding of having a child with boyfriend Jack Antonoff, “It’s important to me that we have the right child for us and take the right kind of care of them.”
This article originally appeared on THR.com.