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Kourtney Kardashian has claimed that her doctor told her to drink Travis Barker's semen to help improve her chances of falling pregnant.
Opening up about her fertility journey on the latest episode of The Kardashians, Kourtney – who recently wed Travis in a lavish Italian ceremony – explained that they've been trying out different techniques in the hopes of welcoming a baby.
To be clear, there is no evidence that drinking semen aids fertility in any way
Speaking about her thyroid levels – which can interfere with the release of eggs – and a recent conversation she had with a doctor about this, the reality TV star said: 'I can't remember what he said, if it [her thyroid level] was low or high.'
But, she went on, 'he told us, well, he told me, that the thing that would help it was drinking [Travis'] cum, like, four times a week.'
'I love this doctor,' Travis jokingly replied, although he and Kourtney implied they haven't tried this out.
So, does drinking semen actually improve fertility? Dr Verity Biggs, a women's health GP at H3 Health, isn't convinced. 'If semen is ingested, it is processed very much like any other food or drink we ingest. It enters the stomach and is broken down and digested,' she tells Hearst UK, reminding us that infections [ie. sexually transmitted infections] can be spread no matter what route they enter the body.
As for the question on all of our minds. 'Could it help with fertility? I’m not sure,' Dr Biggs notes. 'Lifestyle and healthy living would have a bigger impact.'
Earlier in the series, Kourtney updated fans on her and Travis' IVF journey, saying: 'It's the most exciting thing ever. I'm so happy. Family is everything to us. To be able to make something together would be just incredible.'
The Poosh founder has three children with her ex of ten years, Scott Disick, whilst Travis has two with his ex wife, Shanna Moakler, as well as a step daughter with whom he's still close.
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