Kourtney Kardashian provided an update on her in vitro fertilization (IVF) journey on Thursday night’s episode of . The Kardashians. “We’re super excited because it’s the first time that Travis and I have made it to an egg retrieval after six months of fertility treatment,” she said.
The episode showed Kardashian, 43, and her fiancé Travis Barker, 46, visiting their fertility specialist for an update. At that appointment, the couple received good news: An ultrasound showed the doctor a follicle, a fluid-filled ovary where eggs form, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“That’s exactly what we wanted to see. At the moment, [the follicle] is about 19 millimeters,” said the doctor. He only saw one viable follicle, but clarified that one follicle can result in multiple babies. “Hopefully it’s high quality and a normal embryo,” he said.
“I feel like it’s a blessing that we’re here and able to do this. Because we haven’t been able to get to that stage on the last two attempts,” Kardashian said. “A follicle — the fact that we have some gives me a lot of hope.”
After the ultrasound, the doctor prepared Kardashian for the next step, known as egg retrieval. During this process, eggs are removed from the follicle through a thin needle inserted into an ultrasound guide. According to the Mayo Clinic, patients are sedated and put on pain medication for this procedure. Barker’s sperm collection also took place during the doctor’s visit. After the sperm and egg cells have been removed, fertilization takes place, the aim of which is a healthy embryo.
“After they take the egg today, hopefully they make an embryo, which takes six days, and then they test the embryo, and then they implant the embryo, and then hopefully it will be a pregnancy,” Kardashian said. She added that she is cautiously optimistic because of the number of steps in the IVF process that need to be done correctly for a successful pregnancy to occur. “Yeah, we’re super excited and grateful to be here, but I think we also don’t want to feel too connected or too happy before we know it because there are so many stages.”
Kardashian also said she’s looking forward to hopefully being parents with Barker: “I love being a mom. I think having that experience with Travis would just be amazing. I know he’s a really, really great dad.”
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