Actress Lena Dunham announced on Jan. 11 that she had been menstruating for 13 days.
Dunham posted a picture and wrote the news on her Instagram page:
When paparazzi follows you but you're not even mad cuz you love your look and the chance to show off the leather skirt Jemima lent you and anyway, you've had your period for 13 days and the inauguration is in 10 so this is the least of your f****** problems #bleedforthis.
Mediaite.com noted some of the derisive comments that were posted on Twitter:
I would be perfectly happy if I went the rest of my life never reading another headline about things going in and/or out of Lena Dunham.
She should stop talking about it and go to see a doctor!
Even Lena Dunham's uterus is repulsed by her.
Good Lord I have to go take a shower after seeing this.
Beyond the snarky responses, Teen Vogue notes that Dunham suffers from endometriosis, which can cause menstrual cycles to last longer than seven days, per the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
Endometriosis causes tissue to grow on the outside of the uterus when its supposed to grow inside the organ.
Dunham has reportedly had surgery to remove the excess tissue twice, but the tissue can keep growing back.
While many on social media mocked Dunham for her latest round of highly personal disclosure, Teen Vogue praised her for raising awareness:
Endometriosis is an incredibly painful disease that many women struggle with for their entire lives. If you have it, you can probably identify with how Lena feels right now. Even if you don't have endometriosis, it's good to know the signs and symptoms.
Lena is calling attention to a super common condition (it affects approximately one in 10 women) that we don't often talk about. In fact, there's a lack of research on the disease, resulting in frustrating and painful misdiagnoses.