It’s believed that Kourtney Kardashian has suffered numerous failed rounds of IVF, so the news she has finally got pregnant has been greeted with excitement by her thousands of fans.
Kourt & husband Travis Barker, the drummer for punk band Blink-182, are both in their forties so age had been a contributory factor in their struggle to conceive, with Kourtney now 44, and Travis 48.
The happy couple announced their pregnancy in a cute way to their fans at a Blink 182 concert with Kourt in the crowd copying an old music video where a blond girl is holding a sign that says: ‘Travis I’m pregnant’.
After seeing the sign a thrilled Travis jumped down from the stage and the couple were seen kissing and hugging in front of thousands of jubilant fans.
Kourtney posted the video on her Instagram with the comment they were: “Overwhelmed with gratitude and joy for God’s blessing and plan”.
So what did Kourtney do to finally get pregnant?
Apart from following a healthy vegan based diet, Kourtney had fertility treatment in her 30’s and froze her eggs.
But it’s taken heartbreak with several failed rounds of IVF to get the longed for pregnancy for the happy couple, who finally conceived naturally and are so much in love they’re regularly seen kissing and ‘making out’ in public.
If you are considering pregnancy in your 40’s, there are several options available for you:
- Egg Freezing (Oocyte Cryopreservation):
Egg freezing involves retrieving mature eggs from your ovaries, freezing them, and storing them for future use. This allows you to preserve your eggs at their current age and quality. When you’re ready to conceive in the future, the frozen eggs can be thawed, fertilized with sperm in a laboratory (through in vitro fertilization), and transferred to your uterus.
- Embryo Cryopreservation:
If you have a partner or are open to using donor sperm, you may consider embryo cryopreservation. This involves retrieving eggs from your ovaries, fertilizing them with sperm, and allowing the resulting embryos to develop in a laboratory. The embryos that are not immediately transferred to the uterus can be frozen and stored for later use.
- Ovarian Tissue Freezing:
This is a relatively newer technique where a portion of your ovarian tissue is surgically removed and frozen for future use. The tissue can be re-implanted later, allowing the ovaries to resume functioning and produce eggs naturally.
- GnRH Agonist Suppression:
Prior to undergoing certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery that may affect fertility, you may opt for GnRH agonist suppression. This involves temporarily shutting down the ovaries to protect them from potential damage during treatment. It may help preserve fertility, but its effectiveness varies depending on the specific circumstances.
It’s important to keep in mind that fertility preservation techniques have varying success rates and associated costs. Additionally, the suitability of each method depends on individual factors, such as your specific medical history, ovarian reserve, and personal preferences.
It is most effective when done at a young age, so if you freeze your eggs in your twenties, it allows you to create a much better quality embryo and have a higher chance of successful pregnancy in the future.