According to NCBI, “It is estimated that assisted conception accounts for about 40% of twin births (19% from in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and 21% from non-IVF assisted conception).” With this quoted data, you must have understood there is a slight chance that you can have twins with IVF.
But one might also question how twins from IVF are possible, and if it is then what are the risks linked with it.
The Types Of Twins
There are two types of twins – identical twins, also known as monozygotic and fraternal or dizygotic twins. Let’s understand what they are.
Identical twins or monozygotic are formed when a single egg is fertilised by a single sperm but in that process, the fertilised egg splits into two, resulting in identical twins.
On the other hand, when two separate eggs are fertilized by two separate sperm cells, Fraternal or dizygotic twins are conceived. Two infants are born nine months after the fertilised eggs are implanted in the uterus. A boy and a girl might be fraternal twins or two males and two girls can be fraternal twins.
Is It True That In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)Increases Your Chances of Having Twins?
The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HEFA) estimates that one in every five pregnancies resulting from in vitro fertilisation (IVF) will result in multiple births.
This is mainly because during IVF multiple embryos may be implanted into your uterus to boost the possibility of having twins.
Can IVF Be Used to Conceive Twins?
Some studies show that women who opt for IVF have a higher chance of conceiving twins, however, it depends on various factors and patient medical history. In a normal pregnancy, there is a 6% possibility of having twins; however, with IVF, the probability of having twins can be as high as 20%.
Risks Of Having Twins Through IVF
Having twins may sound like the best deal when you are experiencing infertility but one must understand that there are a lot of risks that come with multiple births. Some of them are:
- Premature Birth: It has been found that almost 60 per cent of twin births from IVF are prematurely born.
- Multiple births increase the chances of having babies with low birth weight
- Complications like Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, Pre-eclampsia and Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) can be more dominant.
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