Amy Schumer is opening up about the “grueling” in vitro fertilization process and helping others on the journey “feel less alone.”
The comedian shared in early January that she was undergoing IVF treatments and that she and husband Chris Fischer were freezing embryos with hopes of growing their family in the future. They share son Gene, born May 2018.
The “Growing” star, 38, gave an update on Instagram over Valentine’s Day weekend.
“They retrieved 35 eggs from me. Not bad for the old gal right? Then 26 fertilized! Whoah right? For all of those we got 1 normal embryo,” she shared.
IVF is the process in which mature eggs are collected from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab, the Mayo Clinic explains. Then the embryos can be frozen or transferred to a uterus.
“We feel lucky we got 1. But what a drop off right?” Schumer wrote.
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The actress has been very transparent about her IVF journey, even listing her phone number in her Instagram bio in order to connect with others going through the “painful and mentally grueling” process.
“I just wanted to share and send love and strength to all of the warrior women who go through this process,” she wrote. “My number is in my bio if you are open to text me your experience or whatever you feel like. I read them when I can’t sleep or have time.”
Many commented on her post, thanking her for sharing her journey.
“Thank you for making conversation around this topic more commonplace and giving people space to share and feel less alone,” wrote writer Melissa Magsaysay.
“So many of my friends have been through this hell and it can be so lonely and isolating. You are helping so many!!” commented makeup artist Gita Bass.
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn offered up some encouragement: “Yeah girl!! That’s a lot of eggs!!”
In January, Schumer shared an intimate photo of her bare stomach covered in bruises.
“I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional. If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do,” she wrote.
The new mom also got real with fans during her rough pregnancy. She suffered the effects of hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) throughout the nine months. It forced her to cancel numerous shows but it also made for great Instagram posts and stand-up fodder.
Contributing Cydney Henderson and Rasha Ali