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What are your chances of conceiving twins?

I was always curious. Does it have to do with anyone having twins in the family or is it just luck? Both my Husband and I have twins on our sides of the family, his side are Identical and my side are Faternal. The twins are our first cousins.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (8)
  • Fraternal twins in the family will make you have an increased chance of having them, if it is a close directly related member. Idental twins is just a chnce thing...no heredity involved.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:51 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Your family history increases the chances of having twins. So I heard!
    Energ8zr

    Answer by Energ8zr at 12:49 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Increasingly common, largely because more and more women are taking fertility drugs or turning to assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help them conceive. These treatments greatly increase a woman's chance of having twins or higher-order multiples. The famous McCaughey septuplets are one extreme example of the potential consequences of fertility treatments.

    These days, about one in 32 births are twin births. This rate has gone up 65 percent since 1980, and it's more than double the rate among women who conceive without medical assistance — one in 89.
    Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 12:55 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • The rise in triplets and quadruplets is even more dramatic. Between 1980 and 1998, the rate of triplets and higher-order multiple births shot up by more than 400 percent, but it's crept back down over the past few years as fertility treatments have become more refined. In 2003, one in 535 births resulted in triplets, quadruplets, or more.

    Meanwhile, the likelihood of having identical twins (when one fertilized egg divides in half) is about one in 250. This rate hasn't changed over the decades and is remarkably constant all over the world.
    Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 12:55 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Identical twins happen when one egg is fertilized and then splits, giving each baby the exact same set of chromosomes, and thus cannot be predicted and has nothing to do with family history.

    Fraternal twins happen when more than one egg is released during ovulation and both of them are fertilized. This can be genetic in the mother if she has a family history of women releasing multiple eggs at ovulation.

    So if your blood relation is to your twin cousins' mother, then you have an increased chance of having fraternal twins. If your blood relation is to their father, then it doesn't count as family history. And your chances of conceiving identical twins are the same as anyone else's, regardless.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 12:55 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Sense it is not immediate family I think you do not have a good chance of having twins.

    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 12:55 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Fraternal twins in the family will make you have an increased chance of having them, if it is a close directly related member. Idental twins is just a chnce thing...no heredity involved.

    ^^^This is true.
    riotgrrl

    Answer by riotgrrl at 12:59 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Mrs. Owen, your fraternal twins numbers are incorrect. The rate is approximately 32 in 1000 births, meaning 3.2 percent for all twin births. Identical twins remain steady at 1 in 250 births.

    You have a higher chance of conceiving twins if fraternal twins run on the mother's side of the family. This is due to the increased chance that you will release more than one egg when you ovulate.

    twin_mommy

    Answer by twin_mommy at 2:01 PM on Mar. 10, 2010