Lena Dunham taking time off due to endometriosis

Lena Dunham in in HBO’s “Girls.”
Lena Dunham in in HBO’s “Girls.” HBO

Lena Dunham will be absent in the upcoming press tour for HBO’s “Girls.”

The show’s cast will be promoting the final season of the show, though Dunham cited health reasons for her time off.

Dunham suffers from endometriosis, a medical condition that affects women’s reproductive organs.

Dunham wrote a detailed post about her decision to rest on her Instagram account.

“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,” Dunham wrote. “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.”

In a previous post Dunham wrote for her newsletter, Lenny Letter, the actress described her history with the illness and how her diagnosis led to a successful surgery.

“I no longer felt like a weakling. I felt like a survivor,” Dunham wrote. “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."