By Alesandra Dubin
May 29, 2015
Kim Kardashian fertility struggle

Even if you cringed when Kim Kardashian announced that she and husband Kanye West have sex "500 times a day" in efforts to conceive a second child, any of us would have sympathy for a hopeful parent struggling with infertility.

As the story of Kardashian's quest to have another baby continues to unfold in the media, the reality star is now apparently looking into other options. A source told Us Weekly that Kardashian, mom to nearly two-year-old North West, has been undergoing IVF procedures—but that they're not going well. "It's causing problems with her body," according to the source.

We know at least a portion of that to be true, thanks to a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in which the hopeful mom had a procedure involving her uterus. The May 31 show will reveal footage that shows an implanted embryo did not successfully take.

With the IVF so far not resulting in pregnancy, the source told Us that the next step for the family might be searching for a surrogate.

Kardashian herself told Matt Lauer in a recent Today show interview that she's going to keep trying—but that she considers adoption a more distant possibility. "I still have hope, so I'm just going to keep on trying," she said. "Never say never. I mean, we haven't talked about adopting."

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Instagram/KimKardashian