Amy Schumer is opening up about the grueling process of in vitro fertilization. The comedian gave birth to a baby boy last year, and has been sharing details about her attempts to get pregnant again.
Back in January she told followers that she'd just begun a round of IVF, and updated her Instagram fans again this week. She said that doctors were initially able to retrieve 35 eggs, and the funny lady naturally cracked a joke about it.
"Not bad for the old gal right?" she said. "Then 26 fertilized! Whoah right? For all of those we got 1 normal embryo from that and 2 low level mosaic (mosaic means there are some abnormal cells but can still lead to a healthy baby) So we feel lucky we got 1! But what a drop off right?"
There's an important reason Schumer talks openly about her fertility struggles—it's all about giving and receiving support and breaking the stigma.
"I have so appreciated everyone sharing their IVF stories with me. They made me feel empowered and supported. So I wanted to tell you how mine went down," she wrote. "So many women go through many rounds of IVF which is painful and mentally grueling. I heard from hundreds of women about...their miscarriages and struggles and also many hopeful stories about how after rounds and rounds of IVF it worked!! It has been really encouraging," Schumer writes, noting that she's thankful for all the support.
She continues: "Anyway I am so grateful for our son and that we have the resources to get help in this way. I just wanted to share and send love and strength to all of the warrior women who go through this process."
Schumer's even been in contact with some of those women directly—her Instagram bio lists a number where followers can text her to share their IVF stories and advice.
Schumer has always been relatable, and that's been even more true since she became a mom. She's been refreshingly and hilariously candid about everything from her hyperemesis to her postpartum body and her breast pump struggles, so it's no surprise she's doing the same for IVF. Hopefully, she'll be sharing the struggles of going from 1 child to 2 before we know it.