Have you noticed all the double strollers at the mall? The number of multiple births has shot up over the past few decades--at least partly due to fertility treatments. If you'd like to have twins and they don't run in your family, you can greatly increase your odds of a multiple birth by consulting a fertility doctor and undergoing fertility treatments. You may be able to conceive easily using a drug like Clomid or in some cases, In-Vitro Fertilization(IVF) may be necessary. Remember, however, these treatments are generally reserved for couples who are having trouble conceiving on their own. So, how can you artificially increase your odds of having twins?
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Consult your OB-GYN for a check-up to determine if fertility treatments are right for you.
Begin your fertility treatments. Drugs such as clomiphene (Clomid) and menotropins (Pergonal) can increase your chance of conceiving twins by 18% and are usually the first treatment choice in most cases before moving onto more invasive procedures.
If fertility drugs don't do the trick, in-vitro fertilisation(IVF) is another option. Your IVF specialist will harvest your eggs and fertilise them with your partner's sperm and implant the embryo in your uterus. (In this case either the eggs or sperm--or both--may be donated.) In IVF, multiple embryos are implanted in the mother's uterus, thus increasing the chances of a multiple birth.
If IVF is successful, you will have your healthy babies 9 months later. If not, you can try again.
Tips and warnings
- Check with your insurance company before you begin treatments to determine what types of fertility treatments it will cover.
- Fertility treatments are generally reserved for people who have difficulty conceiving.
- Fertility drugs can cause many adverse side effects. Please discuss these with your doctor.