GETTING pregnant can be hard work.
But it’s something that everyone can struggle with – including the rich and famous.
In a recent episode of The Kardashians on Hulu, Kourtney Kardashian revealed that her doctor had given her a strange tip to try out.
Experts have previously said that the best way to get pregnant is to have regular sex and to try and time it with ovulation – for the best chances of conception.
But the 43-year-old claimed her doctor told her to drink husband Travis Barker‘s semen ‘like four times a week’.
However, one expert has said the reality star likely threw out the line for ‘shock factor’ as there is ‘no medical evidence’ to prove it.
Dr Lucky Sekhon said it was a ‘ridiculous thing’ for Kourtney to be putting out there.
“I don’t know who her fertility doctor is, but as the young kids say these days- that’s CAP.
“It’s so completely off base and just not based on any sort of science or true medical recommendation,” Dr Sekhon told Insider.
Posting on Instagram, she said she would never recommend a patient consume a partner’s semen to help with fertility.
She explained: “DO NOT believe the hype- and don’t try this at home (or if you do- pls keep it to yourself).”
Dr Sekhon did however state that the idea didn’t come out of nowhere and the hypothesis behind it is that exposing a prospective mother to paternal antigens in the partner’s semen through the gut can help them build a tolerance to antigens.
This is turn makes a strong immune response to the foetus, which is half paternal – less likely.
Meaning the mum won’t reject the sperm and is more likely to fall pregnant.
“Researchers have looked at this as a protective immune mechanism against pregnancy loss.
“Scientists at Leiden University Medical Centre, a respected college hospital in the Netherlands, gathered a relatively small sample of 97 women under age 36 with at least three unexplained consecutive miscarriages before 20 weeks of gestation with the same partner.
“They also had a matched control group of 137 women who had not experienced any complications with their pregnancy.
“All of the women were asked to fill out a questionnaire looking into their demographics, sexual behaviour, health, and lifestyle,” Dr Sekhon said.
Reporting in the Journal of Reproductive Immunology, medics found that 41 out of 72 women who experience recurrent miscarriage reported having oral sex with the partner, compared to 70 out of 96 (72.9 percent) of the matched controls.
“In other words, those who experienced recurrent miscarriage were less likely to have oral sex.
“Bottom line- this is an association and does not imply causation!!! and it was a tiny sample size,” she added.
Millions of couples across the world are affected by infertility, which is a common, yet incredibly challenging journey.
In the UK around one in seven couples struggle to conceive and the NHS says you should see your GP if you’ve been trying to conceive for a year, to no avail.