‘Girls‘ creator Lena Dunham opened up about her unsuccessful IVF – fertility – treatments, in a Harper’s Magazine essay, titled “False Labor: Giving up on motherhood.”
The writer, director, and actor announced her new essay through her verified Instagram account. Dunham posted a photo of herself, sitting on an examination chair while wearing a gown, and added a lengthy caption, which is an introduction for her new piece.
In the caption, she informed fans that she has been writing the essay, about her experience of learning that she would never be a biological mother due to fertility issues, for Harper’s Magazine. She continued:
“[essay] about the Internet communities that I fell into when it felt like the world had no space IRL for the grief, pain and rage that comes along with processing something of this magnitude.”
The 34-year-old artist went on by saying that fertility is a complex issue and that the fertility industry is all about financial privilege.
“But for me- for so many- my turn on the IVF ride was wrapped up in self-hatred, addiction and fear of the unknown- who was I if not a mother?”
Dunham, who was diagnosed with a full hysterectomy at age 31 and started searching for a baby then, stated that she wrote the said essay for those who have been failed on fertility treatment by science and their own bodies. Describing being a mother as a role, directly given by society, she added that she also wrote that piece for women, who “dismissed their pain.”
“And I wrote this for the strangers online- some of whom I communicated with, most of whom I did not- who showed me, over and over again, that I was far from alone.”
Dunham, who learned that none of her eggs were viable according to she stated in the essay, concluded her message with a quote that reads:
“I am bigger than my body gives me credit for.”
See below to view the mentioned Instagram post.