Kourtney Kardashian Barker Gets Real About Fertility Pressures for Women in Their 40s

Kourtney Kardashian is speaking truth to a situation that many women in their 40s have personally encountered: feeling under pressure to fall pregnant as soon as possible due to their advanced age.

The Kardashians actress recently opened up in an interview with Dear Media’s Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast about “feeling forced into undergoing IVF” with her husband, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

Kardashian claimed that because she is 43, she and Barker felt tremendous pressure to do IVF before it was too late. She told podcast host Amanda Hirsch, “If you even look up anything online about things you can do to help get pregnant… it says there, like, ‘If you’re over 40’ — or it might even say something younger — it says, ‘Go right away.'” I thus felt a little pressed.

IVF success rates do vary significantly by age, according to data from the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). For instance, 12.7 percent of patients between the ages of 41 and 42 used their own eggs to have a single child. That success rate falls to 4.1 percent after age 42. Therefore, it is simple to comprehend why the former member of the Kardashian family thought that time was running out.

Kardashian and her ex-boyfriend Scott Disick already have three children together. Barker, 46, and his ex-wife Shanna Moakler have two of their own kids. A close friend of his is his ex stepdaughter. With so many children, there are “so many emotions involved,” continued Kardashian.

The reality TV actress also revealed to Hirsch that she and Barker had finished an IVF round. They are currently praying that “God blesses [them] with a baby.”

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It’s not just the Kardashian-Barkers. More than 1 million children were born utilizing IVF technique between 1987 and 2015, according to a different SART analysis, and that number only includes children born in the United States. Many persons and couples who desire to get pregnant may have valid concerns about a woman’s so-called “biological clock.” There is no right or wrong method to have a baby, but it’s equally vital to remember that.

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