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Comedian Amy Schumer shared on Thursday that she’s going through IVF treatments due to infertility and was struggling with the process. Because it’s such an emotionally daunting experience, she asked for advice from other women who’ve experienced the same. Captioned below a picture of her bare stomach covered in bruises from hormone injections on Instagram, she wrote, “I’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.”

We covered the struggles a few Real Housewives stars had with fertility back in September on Tamron Hall’s new daytime talk show. Kenya Moore from the Atlanta franchise spoke about having a baby at 48 and her work through the Baby Quest Foundation to help other women be able to afford IVF treatments themselves. This is important because a woman in the audience stated she spent around $100,000 going through several rounds of IVF before it worked. Gretchen Rossi from the Orange County franchise went through 5 rounds and they can cost as much as $17,000 a round.

A Green Bay Wisconsin couple were in the NY Post a couple years ago for going bankrupt and losing their home just to have a baby. So while the emotional torment these women go through is quite terrible, Schumer can at least take solace in the fact that she’s at least fortunate enough to be able to have the procedure without breaking the bank.

Among the responses Schumer received was Selena Gomez saying, “I’m praying for you and chris. I’m sorry!” But of course, the internet is always hellbent on taking things the wrong way. Her sincerity was questioned, leading to a follow-up statement from her with her saying, “Let me clear that up. I said I’m sorry she’s feeling that way.” Sh went on to write, “My mom went through the same thing. It’s hard on women’s heart.” Gomez’ mother Mandy Teefey dealt with her fertility issues openly by writing a public letter to the daughter she lost way back in 2011. “Thank you to all the fans who honored our Scarlett yesterday. Dec. 17th will never be the same, but we decide to celebrate her by writing her letters on red balloons and releasing them.”

As one can see, infertility is a taxing thing not only on women but their spouses as well and perhaps if more of these stories are shared, it will be less of a topic used to mock those who can’t have children in argument. It really is a low blow.