The entire Kardashian family has had an interesting year, from Kim’s 72-day marriage to Kourtney’s announcement at the beginning of December that she was expecting a little brother or sister for little Mason, but younger sister Khloe has quietly been experiencing drama of her own with NBA hubby Lamar Odom, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since marrying two years ago September after a whirlwind 32-day courtship, Odom and Kardashian have been trying to get pregnant. Khloe said because they got married so fast, everyone thought she was pregnant, and the bump watch started immediately, something that did horrible things to her self-esteem because of her lifetime of being the curviest Kardashian sister.
According to Us Weekly, Khloe and Lamar will have their struggles with infertility documented in the upcoming season of Khloe and Lamar, the reality show that became a spinoff hit from Keeping Up with the Kardashians. A source close to the couple who talked to Us Weekly told them that Khloe and Lamar have been trying to get pregnant the natural way for the entirety of their marriage but have been unsuccessful, so now Khloe is looking at going the IVF route.
IVF is short for In Vitro Fertilization, which refers to the fertilization of the egg outside of the body, followed by the reintroduction of the fertilized egg back into the womb. According to The American Pregnancy Association, if the procedure is successful, as many are, the woman ends up pregnant, and some end up pregnant with more than one baby.
The IVF process begins with the harvesting of eggs. The woman’s hormones are stimulated to produce extra eggs and during ovulation, they are extracted from her body using a long needle. The father’s sperm are then injected into the egg and fertilized manually. The process is repeated for each egg that is viable, and however many are successfully inseminated are called embryos. A predetermined number of embryos are then suspended in fluid and placed into the womb through a catheter.
An unnamed source told InTouch Weekly that Kourtney was worried about breaking the news of her most recent pregnancy to her sister because of her own trouble with getting pregnant after trying for so long.
“Kourtney told Khloe in private,” said the friend. “She broke down and cried when she heard the news. They were tears of joy, but also sorrow over her own inability to conceive.”