What Exactly Are My Likelihood of Getting Twins


I think I’m carrying twins, but the ultrasound only shows 1 baby. Is it possible to have twins?

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What are my chances of having twins

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Odds of Having Twins With Treatments Twins 3.35% Identical twins 0.45% Triplets and higher order multiples 0.1%. Age: The older you are, the higher your chances of having fraternal twins or higher order multiples. Women age 35 or older produce more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) than younger women. The birth rate for twins is only going up, rising by as much as 76% in the last 30 years.

That means that your chance of having twins in the USA is as high as 3 in 100 births. But that’s fraternal twins. The chance of identical twins is the same as it’s always been, which is around 3 in 1000 babies born as identical twins. If you yourself were a dizygotic twin then your chance having another set of dixzygotic twins depends mainly on your ethnicity and then it’s likely a little higher.

For the average person it would increase probably from 1 in 85 to 1 in 50 pregnancies. here are two different kind of twins: Dizygotic or fraternal or non-identical twins. Lets take a quick look at the numbers: Chance of having fraternal natural twins is about 1 in 90. Chance of having fraternal twins with fertility drugs is about 1 in 35.

Chance of having identical twins is about 1 in 250. The chances of having twins are relatively rare. But some families seem to beat the odds by having multiple multiples. Recently, a British woman made headlines when she gave birth to her second set of twins—at the young age of 21.

Her first set—a boy and a girl—were 4 years old when their baby sisters arrived. The chances of having identical twins are around 1 in every 285 pregnancies. Around one in every three sets of twins is identical. Some statistics – just to get you thinking!

If you are over 45 your chances of having twins increases to around 17%. According to The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, women who are fraternal twins themselves have a 1 in 60 chance of having their own twins. Men who are fraternal twins have a 1 in 125. That equals a 1.5% chance of having twins or 15.4 in every 1,000 births. So not super common, but not ridiculously unlikely either.

Just 132. The rate of multiple births in the world rose to an all time high in the 1990’s but seems to have been on a downward trend then. The rate for identical twins is even lower at about 0. 24% in some places.

Take this quiz to find out how likely you are to have twins.

List of related literature:

If fraternal twins run in your family, your chances increase as well.

“Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
from Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider’s Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
Windsor Peak Press, 2017

Approximately 36% of monozygotic twins are dichorionic.

“Zitelli and Davis' Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis E-Book: Expert Consult Online” by Basil J. Zitelli, Sara C McIntire, Andrew J Nowalk
from Zitelli and Davis’ Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis E-Book: Expert Consult Online
by Basil J. Zitelli, Sara C McIntire, Andrew J Nowalk
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Twins account for about 3 percent of all births.

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide” by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding
from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
Meadowbrook, 2016

• Dizygotic twins are more likely to occur in certain families and racial groups and especially in mothers older than 40 years and women who take fertility treatments to induce ovulation.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing E-Book” by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book
by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

There’s a nearly 40 percent chance of twins and a 5 percent chance of triplets (or more) if you’re undergoing IVF.

“What to Expect: Before You're Expecting” by Sharon Mazel, Heidi Murkoff
from What to Expect: Before You’re Expecting
by Sharon Mazel, Heidi Murkoff
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

can be compared to 1.4% for fraternal twins and 0.016% for triplets born through natural means.

“Human Reproductive Biology” by Richard E. Jones, Kristin H Lopez
from Human Reproductive Biology
by Richard E. Jones, Kristin H Lopez
Elsevier Science, 2013

Twins account for about 2.5% of births but about 20% of very low birthweight (VLBW) infants.

“Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book” by Robert M. Kliegman, Bonita F. Stanton, Joseph St. Geme, Nina F Schor, Richard E. Behrman
from Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book
by Robert M. Kliegman, Bonita F. Stanton, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

The IV estimate for fraternal twins is the differenced estimate divided by 0.80.

“Handbook of Labor Economics” by Orley Ashenfelter, David Card
from Handbook of Labor Economics
by Orley Ashenfelter, David Card
Elsevier Science, 1999

It is rare for twins to share a single sac and single placenta.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth” by Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
from Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Judy Norsigian
Atria Books, 2008

22% in monozygotic, separate twins.

“Pathology of the Human Placenta” by Kurt Benirschke, Peter Kaufmann
from Pathology of the Human Placenta
by Kurt Benirschke, Peter Kaufmann
Springer New York, 2013

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