Kim Kardashian’s Fertility Struggle is Real

posted: 06/01/15
by: Courtney Reimer
Kim Kardashian looks at an ultrasound with a tech

The Kardashians have what is by anyone's estimation a very comfortable life, and the word "struggle" is not one you'll hear sincerely used to describe much of their day-to-day existence, but one thing that all the money in the world can't seem to fix is the ability to get pregnant quickly when your body isn't cooperating.

Anyone who's tried to conceive the old-fashioned way (you know, just like the birds and the bees) and had a difficult time knows that getting pregnant isn't always as easy Biology 101 might indicate. According to the CDC, 6.1 million women of reproductive age face some form of infertility each year. (And by the way, "infertility," while a sort of scary word, means inability to get pregnant after 1 year of trying -- 6 months if the woman is 35 or older.)

Here are some real struggles faced by women grappling with infertility (and it's worth noting that Kim went through many of these herself):

1. Not knowing if it's him or you. A first thing to rule out is whether your partner has "strong swimmers" or not -- because sometimes it really is something he's struggling with, biologically speaking. The CDC reported that of the men who suspected they had a fertility issue and looked into it, 18 percent of them were diagnosed with a "male-related fertility infertility problem."

2. Figuring out when you're ovulating. Nothing kills the mood faster than having to pull out the thermometer during foreplay.

3. Trying and trying again. Even the most libidinous couple can grow tired of trying to conceive at every available moment. As Kim herself said: "We are trying. We try every single day. You can't try harder than we try. It's getting exhausting. [Kanye] always says, 'Trying for baby No. 2 isn't as fun as trying to baby No. 1.'"

4. IVF ain't cheap. Not to mention uncomfortable and an all-around hassle. The average cost of one cycle (and many women have to undergo more than one cycle to successfully conceive) is $12,400 -- though my personal experience in talking to friends who've used it to conceive is that it's often twice that cost.

5. There are so many other options to exhaust before going the IVF route. Babycenter has a pretty comprehensive list, which includes fertility drugs and outpatient surgery to clear up things like endometriosis and fibroids.

6. Using the old "turkey baster method." Artificial insemination is certainly less fun than a roll in the hay, but studies show it can ultimately have up to an 80 percent success rate.

The important to realize as you go through the struggles of trying to conceive when facing infertility is that there are so many other people going through this, and the internet abounds with resources on how to get through it.