Lena Dunham


Everyone knows shopping for swimsuits can be tough, so when Lena Dunham found the perfect bikini, she wanted to show it off!

The Girls star and creator Instagrammed a mirror selfie showing off her red and black bandeau top and leopard print bottoms. She captioned the snap, rather cheekily, "when the Target swimsuit does a bitch right, Endo scars & all."

"Endo" is Lena's abbreviation for Endometriosis, a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows in other places in the body. As Lena explained in a Lenny Letter called "The Sickest Girl," a woman's menstrual cycle causes the tissue to swell and bleed, causing pain, fatigue, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, and a host of other physical symptoms."

Lena has struggled with Endometriosis for years now, and as she wrote in her Lenny Letter, she's tried a multitude of different treatments to alleviate the symptoms.

"Out of tangible options, I started Lupron: monthly injections that shut down the production of estrogen and therefore the proliferation of endometrial cells where they shouldn't be," she wrote. It's a temporary menopause of sorts, and while it solves certain issues, others pop up like whack-a-moles. I no longer felt a fist was unfurling in my uterus, but I did have zero ability to regulate my temperature, achy hip joints, and the emotional sensitivity of a drunk girl at prom. Life is a series of trade-offs, I suppose."

But even though Lena is doing everything she can to manage her  her  is doing her Endometriosis, some flare-ups will be out of control  some things are out of her control. Earlier this year, for example, she had to skip the press tour for Girls due to a "a rough patch with the illness" that required her to get rest.

"I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang," she wrote in an Instagram post. "So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted."

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