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Amy Schumer Is Grateful To Be Able To Afford IVF

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By Ivy Pope

Amy Schumer is someone who always tells it like it is. She's never kept anything from her personal life hidden; that's a whole part of her brand, being open and honest about life. Lately in her life, she's had tons to share. She never imagined she'd have a family, until she met Chris Fisher, a chef.

They welcomed their first child last year, and are doing IVF to get another. The new mother shared how grateful she is to be able to afford IVF when so many others cannot.

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IVF, or in-vitro-fertilization helps people who have trouble getting pregnant. This process removes the egg from the body (usually multiple eggs, for a better chance of getting a viable fetus) and takes sperm and mixes them in the lab. They put one or more fertilized eggs into your uterus, after they've grown a little bit. Pregnancy will happen if the eggs implant.

But there's other steps to do! First, you take medications that makes the eggs mature and ready for fertilization "before their time", and most times people require more than one round of IVF to get pregnant. It's a great choice for people with fertility problems.

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IVF has a number of side effects, like anything in the medical field, some of which are: bloating, cramping, mood swings, headaches, bleeding, infections, allergic reactions to the shots...

IVF is pretty expensive. A few states have laws requiring health insurance to cover infertility treatment, but most insurance plans do not offer coverage at all.

There are organizations, such as The National Infertility Association that can help with costs, but the average cost of IVF, just one round, is like $15,000.

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While Schumer is known for her amazing down-to-earth humor, that's also relatable, she's also known for understanding that she has more than others.

She's posted on Instagram about her son often, and is extremely grateful to have him, but they want another child and IVF seems to be the way.

So if she knows she has more than most people, why share? She shares her story about IVF (and hopefully continues to do so) because it's important to know there are other people out there struggling with the same sort of problem; even the rich and famous.

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On Instagram, Schumer posted:

Verified Thank you ladies and a few gentleman. We are gonna freeze embryos hopefully. I learned to eat salty food after and drink Gatorade. Ice the area. Take arnica and put arnica on the bruises. To be patient and kind to myself and that there are sooooo many of us willing to be there for each other. Your stories helped me more than you can imagine. I feel incredibly lucky. I’m really hoping this works and staying positive. Much much love! 💪🏾

With a photo of herself laying on a bed, presumably prior to her actual appointment.

In the comments, many people were sharing their own IVF experiences and "diets", like this commenter:

jennylandgraf Two rounds of IVF for me, and the “chicken tenders, chips and Gatorade” diet after egg retrieval was by far my favorite part

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