[New Update!] Amy Schumer Talks IVF, Motherhood, and Pregnancy Pressures with Oprah Winfrey
As you know, we've been following Amy Schumer's IVF journey since the beginning! She just released a major update about how her egg retrieval turned out, so we've included it at the bottom of this article. Click here to jump to the update.
Amy Schumer sat down with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour and threw down some IVF realness. From her egg retrieval to motherhood, she covers it all with her famed hilarious, un-filtered wit on proud display.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from the interview...
Amy Schumer on Self-Love, Egg Retrieval, and Fertility Truths
Amy: It’s really easy to feel guilty all the time, especially now having a baby. Like just that self-guilt, the self-hate, and it can get to me, too. And, like, what do you say to your friends? Give yourself the advice you give your friends: Love yourself like you’re your own mother. Be kind to yourself.
Amy: I did IVF this week. I don’t want that stands for, but I know I had it.
Amy: I had my egg retrieval on Monday, which is also the last time that I pooped. I said I wasn’t going to say that, but I did. You can’t poop after!
This quote made us LOL, because as many of us know, fertility treatment can cause some weird side effects. We asked our followers to share some of their odd experiences – check out this video!
Amy: I used my Instagram and asked, “What should I know [about IVF]? What do you wish you knew?” and man, like, women were just really down to reach out and share and help me and hold my hand through it.
Oprah: One time you posted that you were feeling run down [because of IVF] and pretty emotional because your hormones are, like, all over the place, right?
Amy: Yeah, they’re still all over the place. So, like, watch out.
Amy: The best thing you can do is to take care of yourself, so that when you show up for your kids, you are the best version of yourself.
Amy: I think my husband really wanted us to have another [baby], because we love [Gene] so much, he thinks it’s creepy. You know what I mean? Like, just obsessed, you know? And he thinks, “We gotta have another one so you don’t make him into a complete weirdo.”
Oprah: I heard that one of your takeaways from all of this [IVF], was that women are just… warriors.
Amy: We are warriors. All of us. I mean, for real. That is what I learned. I didn’t just learn how strong I was, I really learned as a whole how strong women are. And you know, men are great, too, and that’s awesome, and you guys can throw a touchdown, but can you make a baby?!
Amy: You know you’re not pregnant for 9 months? That is a lie. I don’t know why they say “9 months! 9 months!” and you start doing the math and you go, “It’s 10 months!”
Amy: I was getting advice, like prenatal yoga really helps, so I immediately signed up… for a c-section.
Amy: Love the skin that you’re in right now. Love this-here-today version of yourself.
Amy: I really have had a beautiful experience having a baby. You know, it’s different for everybody, but I really have to recommend, if you’ve got the resources to have a baby, to have a baby.
Watch the Full Length Interview Now
We highly recommend checking out the interview in its entirety. It’s funny, heartfelt, and real… and when you’re in the middle of IVF, recovering from an egg retrieval, or waiting for that phone call (you know the one), sometimes you just need a good laugh. Well, this is it.
P.S. In case you were wondering... Amy pooped on the plane after the interview!
UPDATE: Amy Schumer's Egg Retrieval Resulted in Hope and Empowerment
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Hey! So ivf went like this for us. 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 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? Anyway 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. So many women go through many rounds of ivf which is painful and mentally grueling. I heard from hundreds of women about my their miscarriages and struggles and also many hopeful stories about how after rounds and rounds of ivf it worked!! It has been really encouraging. Thank you. 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. 🎸💪🏾 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 👻
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So let's break this down...
Amy and her husband now have 1 normal embryo (all cells presenting with 46 chromosomes) and 2 mosaic embryos (embryos with normal cells and abnormal cells). The term "mosaic" is new to the embryo testing world and has been shown to have successful results.
How did they figure all this out? They performed embryo screening called PGT. With PGT-A (or PGT for Aneuploidy), the embryo biopsies are sent to a lab on day 5-7 of their life cycle. The lab tests the small group of cells for their genetic makeup, seeing if they have 46 chromosomes (called euploid embryos) or if they have an abnormal amount chromosomes (called aneuploid embryos). Since humans are made up of 46 chromosomes, euploid embryos are the embryos that have a chance at becoming a viable pregnancy.
However, there are exceptions to the rule... mosaic embryos.
As mentioned, these embryos have a mixed cell base with both abnormal and normal genetic makeups. They still have a chance of becoming a totally healthy baby, so these embryos provide hope for those with a low number of euploid options.
Amy told the world on through her instagram post that she had 1 normal (euploid) embryo and 2 mosaic embryos, exposing a realistic possibility for many going through IVF. What might alarm many, is that, within her caption, she reveals she started with 36 eggs. 36 eggs producing 1 normal embryo is a real-life result for some. Unfortunately, the attrition rate with IVF is not a perfect science.
The good news? Euploid embryos have a great implantation success rate through embryo transfer, especially if paired with an ERA test (a test that helps determines the best time for implantation based on your personal genetic makeup).
Amy goes on to explain how IVF and the stories she's heard from other women going through the same thing has been an empowering experience for her. Opening up, sharing stories, and listening to others has given her (and us!) newfound appreciation for our bodies.
We are so proud of you, Amy, and all the other women and couples going through IVF. You truly are warriors!
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About Virginia Hamilton Furnari
Virginia Hamilton Furnari is RMA of Connecticut’s Brand Specialist and has a background in writing, marketing, and content production. In addition to helping mold the RMA of CT brand through blogs, videos, and events, she is also a patient and has undergone many fertility treatments. Given her professional and personal involvement in the fertility community, she has immersed her mind, body, and soul in family-building education.