Khloe Kardashian took the decision to come off her birth control within months of meeting boyfriend Tristan Thompson.
Now pregnant with her first child by the basketball player, the KUWTK producer ‘confirmed’ on Wednesday, Khloe, 33, was forced to chose between freezing her eggs and taking a break from her pill over fears she would never conceive.
Khloe visited a fertility doctor on the E! show during the Season 13 finale and at that time, the reality star said she was ‘at a crossroads’ about whether to have a baby.
Taking precautions: Khloe Kardashian, who is believed to be pregnant with Tristan Thompson’s baby, came off her birth control pill in early 2017 over fertility fears
At Khloe’s initial appointment with a fertility doctor, which happened when sister Kim was looking for a surrogate for her third child, she was told she had fewer follicles on her uterus than a typical 32-year-old.
Khloe ceased taking the pill and, at the follow-up appointment, the doctor found a normal amount of follicles and a viable egg.
Thankful to be given the option of starting a family, Khloe told the cameras: ‘I am so relieved to know that I am able to get pregnant.
Warning: Khloe learned that she may have trouble becoming pregnant during the season 13 finale of KUWTK when she visited a fertility doctor (here with sister Kim, left) and had an ultrasound of her uterus
Concern: The specialist told the reality star she had fewer follicles than expected for someone her age, which could indicate a low egg count (pictured, Khloe’s ultrasound)
Coincidence: Khloe had the scan when Kim was trying to convince her to be a surrogate for her own third child
WAYS TO DETERMINE A WOMAN’S EGG COUNT
Egg counting was relatively unknown 10 years ago, but is now ‘exploding’ in popularity, according to fertility doctors.
There are two methods to determine egg counts.
The first is an ultrasound scan of the vagina which can be used to count how many follicles a woman has.
A follicle is a visible follicle indicates how many microscopic (or so-called ‘primordial’ follicles) are in the ovary.
Each primordial follicle is like a shell, and contains an egg that can be released in the future in order to be fertilized by a sperm and make a baby.
The fewer follicles that are visible, the fewer eggs there are remaining in the ovary, and the lower a woman’s fertility.
- 5 to 7 follicles indicates a low ovarian reserve
- 8 to 14 follicles indicates a moderate ovarian reserve
- 15 and above follicles indicates a good ovarian reserve
The other test checks the levels of anti-Mullerian hormone in a woman’s blood.
This hormone is produced by the ovaries’ follicles, therefore the higher the level of the hormone in the blood, the more follicles there are, and the higher a woman’s ovarian reserve.
As a woman ages and her egg supply declines, the level of anti-Mullerian hormone falls.
‘Now I have so many other things to think about. Do I wanna have my own baby now? I don’t know. I’m at a crossroads.’
To maximise her chances of conceiving, doctors advise that women begin trying for a baby straight away when a woman discovers her ovarian reserve is low.
Khloe is extremely close to Kim, Kourtney and Rob’s children; nieces Penelope, five, North, four, and 10-month-old Dream, as well as nephews Mason, seven, Reign, two, and Saint, one.
Her boyfriend Tristan also has one child, nine-month-old Prince, who arrived three months after he began dating Khloe.
Khloe spoke about the ‘scary’ prospect of taking the next step with Tristan after coming off birth control.
On the 10th anniversary special of KUWTK, Khloe told host Ryan Seacrest: ‘Tristan and I definitely talk about starting a family. He wants to have about five or six kids with me and that’s lovely.
‘We could start at one and we could grow from there. But now knowing I’m not on birth control is scary.’
Fresh reports on Wednesday suggested that Khloe has no intentions of marrying Tristan.
Like younger half sister Kylie Jenner, who is also allegedly expecting a child in February 2018, Khloe is following the lead of big sister Kourtney, who has four children with ex Scott Disick but never married him.
Kylie reportedly feels she doesn’t know her Goosebumps singer beau ‘well enough’ to walk down the aisle with him.
Baby but no wedding: Kylie is also believed to be pregnant at the same time, with boyfriend Travis Scott (pictured)
Her goal: ‘They are not even discussing marriage, but they’re talking a lot about raising their daughter,’ said a source of the youngest Kardashian-Jenner
‘They both feel they haven’t known each other long enough to tie the knot,’ a source told the site.
‘They’re still trying to figure out their relationship.’
But Khloe previously said of wedding Tristan: ‘Yes I would [accept his proposal] … I have never been in this type of love … I would love to have a family. We’ve talked about it.
‘He [already] is a father, and I know for a fact that he would be an impeccable father. I definitely want to be a mom. But I don’t put the pressure on it. It’s not like, the clock is ticking. I feel in my soul it will happen.’
On Wednesday UsWeekly claimed the pregnancy was a surprise.
Kisses: Khloe spoke about the ‘scary’ next step she was facing with Tristan (In this photo with Kim and Kanye West)
‘It definitely wasn’t planned,’ said a source. It was added after weighing her options, the star wanted to keep the child as she has such a great support system with her family.
Her marriage to former LA Lakers basketball star Lamar Odom was a disaster.
They walked down the aisle in 2009 with promise in their eyes only for her to see him get pulled into the drug scene and cheat on her flagrantly for years until she left him in 2013.
In 2015 he almost died from a drug overdose when he was in a Nevada brothel. She took care of him and the two seemed to rekindle their romance, but then he was seen drinking again in April 2016 and she ended it for good, divorcing the former Sixth Man player by the end of the year.
Not keen to marry again? Khloe was previously married to LA Lakers basketball star Lamar Odom (Here in 2016) but it was a doomed relationship
The pain does not stop either as Lamar keeps talking about their failed marriage to promote his career as a reality TV star and author.
But that doesn’t mean she isn’t madly in love with Tristan. A source told UsWeekly – the outlet that broke the news of Khloe’s pregnancy – on Wednesday that they are very happy.
‘Anyone who spends time around them, you can tell their feelings toward each other. It’s infectious,’ the insider said.
‘They are madly in love with each other. They are so happy and want to spend all their time together.’
Good mommy: Khloe is extremely close to her siblings’ children (here with from top left, Mason, Reign, Penelope and Dream)
What can be done about a low follicle count
If a woman discovers her ovarian reserve is low, she has a range of options.
The first is to begin trying for a child immediately, gynecologist Dr Gorgy said.
Women with a low ovarian count still have a much higher chance of becoming pregnant than an older woman with the same number of eggs, because hers are likely to be of better quality, according to the NHS.
Another option is to freeze the eggs.
This is a process by which the ovaries are stimulated to produce eggs.
These eggs are retrieved from the ovaries with a suction device that is connected to a needle.
The eggs are then frozen in sub-zero temperatures, and can later be thawed when she is ready to have a child.
Yummy mummies: Khloe’s big sisters Kim and Kourtney have two and four children each, respectively