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Dr. Joshua Klein
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Multiple Births (Overview)

Multiple births can refer to a pregnant female carrying multiple fetuses (such as twins) or a female who has given birth more than one time.


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How common is it to have multiple births?

How common is it to have multiple births?

Less than 1/100: The incidence of naturally conceived twin is less than 1 out of 100 pregnancies. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Klein
28 doctors shared insights

Multiple Births (Overview)

Multiple births can refer to a pregnant female carrying multiple fetuses (such as twins) or a female who has given birth more than one time.


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How does diet impact chances at multiple births?

How does diet impact chances at multiple births?

It doesn't: There is no documented cause-and-effect relationship between multiples and any kind of diet. ...Read more

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I am 42 and thinking of having children, how many more are advisable to have and what is the risk if it is multiple birth?

I am 42 and thinking of having children, how many more are advisable to have and what is the risk if it is multiple birth?

Having kids: How many kids do you have? How many kids do you want to have? There is no advice on how many you should have. It's your preference. If you've not had any so far, it would be harder for you to conceive. The risk of "multiple births" like twins would depend on your genes and the genes of the baby's dad. If twins have been born to your ancestors, then you may have a chance to repeat that. ...Read more

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What are my chances of multiple birth if I am twin & my husband has a twin sister?

What are my chances of multiple birth if I am twin & my husband has a twin sister?

1.5-3%: Risk of twins with a family history is slightly increased to ~1.5-3% from baseline 1.5%. Exact risk may also be due to other factors besides family history, such as age of woman, ethnic background, baseline fsh level. However, the family history of twinning on paternal side contributes little, if any at all, since its the number of eggs released by the woman which usually determines twinning. ...Read more

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What are some of the signs of a multiple birth pregnancy?

What are some of the signs of a multiple birth pregnancy?

Ultrasound: The only reliable way to determine a multiple pregnancy (before birth, that is) is by ultrasound. Blood levels of HCG might be helpful, but are not reliable enough. No symptom is consistent or reliable enough to draw conclusions. ...Read more

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What happens if you take multiple birth control methods at once?

What happens if you take multiple birth control methods at once?

Better protection: Many couples use a backup method such as condoms and pills to increase effectiveness and lower risk of stds. Also, it's more effective to use condom for male and spermicide for female. ...Read more

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Can giving multiple births through a woman's life cause her bladder to weaken and for her to lose control?

Can giving multiple births through a woman's life cause her bladder to weaken and for her to lose control?

YES MOST definitely!: Yes , the probelm is the angle of yorururethra has dropped so the pressure in the bladder is greater than the urthral sphincter, so u lose urine when u cough or sneeze, etc. The good news is with a proper workup u can have a monor surgical procedure to fix the problem as it will only get worse over time so see your gyn for a workup , 1 advantage to csection - does not cause this problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be borne with enlarged ovaries? If so what dose that means for the one that haves it, dose it means high chance of multiple birth?

Is it possible to be borne with enlarged ovaries? If so what dose that means for the one that haves it, dose it means high chance of multiple birth?

No: not at birth but later on ovaries can "enlargew" with multiple CYSTS (Polycystic ovaries) This usually results in DIFFICULTIES with FERTILITY! Get a EXACT Diagnosis from a GYNECOLOGIST! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Why does IVF treatment frequently lead to multiple births?

Why does IVF treatment frequently lead to multiple births?

It doesnt have to: Ivf, as opposed to using fertility medications with/without artificial insemination, actually gives you a lot of control over your risk of multiple pregnancy, since no matter how many embryos are made in the lab, you can always choose to transfer just one embryo into the uterus (there would still be about a 1% chance of identical twins if the embryo splits). ...Read more

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Had an u/s today and md stated i had lots of follicles ... What exactly does this mean if I am ttc? Multiple birth in the cards?

Had an u/s today and md stated i had lots of follicles ... What exactly does this mean if I am ttc? Multiple birth in the cards?

Maybe: Having a lot of follicles can sometimes mean you would have multiples. Your age increases your chance of multiples, and a family history would as well. Most important lots of follicles means that the chances of pregnancy are hopefully good. ...Read more

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Why do fertility treatments often cause multiple births?

Why do fertility treatments often cause multiple births?

Multiple oocytes: Because most fertility treatments involve stimulating multiple eggs (= targets for sperm.) there ar other reasons but this is the easiest to understand. ...Read more

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How often do fertility treatments cause multiple births now?

How often do fertility treatments cause multiple births now?

Multiples & drugs: The chance of a multiple pregnancy depends upon the drug taken and dosage. Clomid (clomiphene) has a 6-8% chance of multiples & gonadotropins depends upon the dose take, and whether treatment is withheld if a sonogram shows multiple follicles that could release an egg. The percentage of multiple could be around 20 to 25%. ...Read more

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Is the mother or father thought to be responsible for a multiple birth?

Is the mother or father thought to be responsible for a multiple birth?

Responsible?: If mom produces two eggs and both are fertilized, fraternal twins result. This would be considered a "maternal factor". If the fertilized egg divides into two babies, neither parent's factor contributed and identical twins result. ...Read more

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Which partner will determine a multiple birth, the father or the mother?

Which partner will determine a multiple birth, the father or the mother?

Mother almost always: Multiples are due to extra eggs ovulated (older women ; or from fertility drugs; or incidental identical twinning9 one egg that splits when fertilised and dividing. ...Read more

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Can it take multiple birth control packs to start your period if you just now started taking it ? Please help!

Can it take multiple birth control packs to start your period if you just now started taking it ? Please help!

No: You should have your period when you are on your third week of birth control pack. In some cases, it may take up to 3 packs to make sure that is is the right med for you.Be sure to consult with your doctor if you have problems with your bcp. ...Read more

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What will happen if you take multiple birth control pills directly after intercourse?

What will happen if you take multiple birth control pills directly after intercourse?

Emergency contracept: This is one of the options for emergency contraception, taking high-dose estrogen/progesterone to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. If taken properly (# of pills depends on the brand of birth control pill), it can reduce chance of pregnancy by~75-80%. A common side effect is nausea +/- vomiting. ...Read more

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