In a recent interview with “Today’s” Willie Geist, comedian Amy Schumer talks about IVF; her comments really resonating with those trying to conceive in the infertility community. Many people still do not understand how common infertility is; when in fact, it affects one in eight couples. So when celebrities share their fertility struggles, it makes those affected feel less alone.
Schumer and her husband, chef Chris Fischer, have been very open about their reproductive journey. Their first pregnancy was captured as a docuseries called “Expecting Amy” on HBO. This was a difficult time for the actress, who was diagnosed with a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.
But like most new moms, the prize completely outweighed the struggle. When Geist asked how her 15 month old son, Gene, changed her life, the proud mom said “Life is just so much more beautiful and like the best thing in my life.”
But when pressed on if she had any plans to expand her family, she answered “IVF is really tough on me. I don’t think I could ever do IVF again.” This is another comment to resonate with the infertility community.
IVF, is a well-established and safe treatment for infertility. But it can be a long and difficult process.
Sharing her experience with fans
Back in February, Schumer wrote about her IVF journey on Instagram. “So ivf went like this for us. They retrieved 35 eggs from me. Not bad for the old gal right? Then 26 fertilized! . . . For all of those we got 1 normal embryo . . . we feel lucky we got 1! But what a drop off right?”
Ask any woman about her experience with IVF and though the details may be different, the feelings and emotions will be the same. High highs, low lows and a roller coaster of emotional twists and turns.
Schumer shared her number in her bio and encouraged her fans to text her their experience. Hundreds of women shared stories about their multiple rounds of IVF, miscarriages and struggles. But they also shared stories of hope. At the end of her post, Schumer thanked her fans for sharing their stories saying, “It has been really encouraging. Thank you.”
But those of us helping people through their infertility challenges thank YOU Amy Schumer. By sharing your story, you’ve made people identify with your struggle, feel less alone and part of a bigger community.