Fertility Drugs and Twins

on Sep 11, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Everyone has heard that fertility drugs can cause a higher likelihood of twins. Find out the percentages of different types of fertility drugs to see your chances of having twins.

One of the most common rumors circling around fertility drugs is that if you use them, you will surely get pregnant with twins, or triplets, or something similar. Today we are going to find out if that is really the case, and just how prevalent the occurrence of twins is when using fertility drugs. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Chances of twins

Let’s start by talking about twins in general. In USA, one in every ninety births is twins. That is around 1-3%. However, when taking fertility drugs such as Clomid, for example, your chance of having twins increases to about 10%, and your chance of having multiples is around 1%. As you can see the chances of having twins with Clomid is a little greater, but still not that great of a chance of having twins.

Conceiving multiples

The chances of having twins are not only a risk when you are taking part in IVF; however, any fertility treatment increases your chance of having twins. There are a lot of factors that determine your individual chance of having twins, from your family history, to your body type and your dosage of medication and how your body reacts to drugs. If you are taking Gonadotropins (injection fertility medication) you should definitely be aware that the risk of multiples with those medications is a lot higher, somewhere around 30%. If you are taking these types of medications, you definitely need to talk with your doctor about your potential risk of conceiving multiples.

Smart conceiving

As a final word, I would like to warn any women out there against seeking out a doctor for fertility treatment for the sole reason of getting pregnant with twins or multiples. This might sound kind of crazy, but there are people who seek out doctors and fertility treatments because they want specifically to have twins. Do not do this, it is not a good idea, and I don’t know of any reputable doctors who would be comfortable doing this. It is just not smart to seek out fertility treatments when they are not needed.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • Ydick

    I have been trying to conceive for the past three years with no luck, and would like to have twins ot triplets , I’ve been to the gynae and the test showed my cubes are still fine nothing wrong
    what else can I try

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    First you need to track your ovulation. Ovulation is the best time to get pregnant and is the time to focus on having sex. You may want to use OPK to check that out. After intercourse do not go to the bathroom yet, stay at bed for at least 10 minutes so that the sperm will be fully deposited into the cervix and will stay there. And most importantly try not to get stressed out. Wish you luck!

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  • Concerned

    My husband (38) and I (33) have been trying to conceive for almost a year now. Previously, I was on birth control pills (Ovcon 35) for 12 years. I stopped taking them September 2012. I have been tracking my ovulation days, basal temp. Blood pressure, cervicL fluid. Etc. since March of this year and nothing has happened. I am ovulating and taking prenatal vitamins with DHA and fish oil. I am trying not to stress but it is a little frustrating. What am I doing wrong? What do I need to do?

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  • mec-lones

    I want to have twins both boys…which drug can help me achieve my dream of having twins

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  • Tanbarrett6

    Hi, my husband and I have been thinking about having children for a while now, but we would like to conceive a set of identical twins. Between the both of us our genes and family history don’t contain identical twins so our risk of having them are pretty slim. But, as we have been doing our research we have come to know that since i am older (34) and that we both are african american we thought it would be likely. However, I would want to depend on a fertility treatment that would guarantee us identical twins. Which fertility drug or treatment would give us that advantage? Which fertility drug or treatment is most effective at conceiving identical twins? Is there any guarantee that we would have identical twins? Thank you for your time and I hope you can give us advice that would make our dream of conceiving identical twins a reality.

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  • smiles

    how early can i find out i am pregnant if my period was from the 7th to the 13th of march? my periods have been irregular.

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  • Nutty Ngwenya

    doctor am really in need of help to have twins,help me out

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