Amy Schumer Opens Up About Her Experience Of IVF In Candid Post
Now the star has opened up about her experience of IVF treatment in a candid Instagram post.
The actor, who gave birth to her son Gene last year, revealed to her 9.5 million Instagram followers that she is currently undergoing the treatment.
Sharing an image of her bruised stomach, Amy wrote: "I'm a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional.
View this post on InstagramI'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. My number is in my bio. We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling. :heart:
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"If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn't mind sharing your experience with me please do. My number is in my bio. We are freezing my eggs and figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling."
IVF is the most common type of fertility treatment. The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority reports that between 1991 - 2016, over one million IVF treatment cycles occurred in the UK.
Those numbers are on the rise. Between 2014 - 2016, IVF treatment cycles in the UK rose by 39 per cent .
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Despite that, there's still a lot of mystery and stigma surrounding IVF, and many of Amy's followers praised her for opening up about her experience.
"Thank you for being so candid and helping destigmatize the IVF process," wrote @miz_stitch. "As a two-time IVF stimming veteran, I wish I could tell you it gets easier. But hang in there! Just keep picturing your end goal."
@Jennifer.Lavi commented: "Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this and helping to normalise something so important. You have no idea how much you just helped countless women going through the same thing. You are amazing. IVF is the hardest journey, but you will be amazed by what your body can do."
"We went through 7 years of infertility, 4 miscarriages, a stillbirth, and 2 rounds of IVF," shared @emmaandkatesmomma. "We finally had my beautiful daughter on the second round of IVF (fresh double embryo transfer). My biggest advice would be to relax and trust in the process."
Amy's post has prompted many women to share their own fertility treatment stories along with advice and words of encouragement - and highlighted the need for a wider public conversation around fertility treatment.
Those undergoing IVF treatment in the UK can find out what support and counselling is available to them - including the option to talk to people who have had a similar experience - by visiting the NHS website.
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