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Multiple Pregnancy Is Risky

Some who have struggled with infertility see having twins as a way to build their family quickly. However, multiple pregnancy (pregnancy with more than one fetus) carries the increased likelihood of serious, even life-threatening complications for both mother and babies. The goal of fertility treatment is one healthy baby at a time.  

 

 

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The rate of (non-identical) twin birth has increased dramatically over the last 30 years due, in large part, to assisted reproduction treatment (ART) such as IVF. In the early days of ART, 3-4 embryos were usually placed into the mother’s uterus in hopes of having a single baby. As the field of assisted reproduction has matured, we have gotten better at IVF and learned more about how to achieve pregnancy efficiently. As our techniques and understanding improved, fewer embryos at a time have been transferred, but the twin rate remains high. 

The best way to decrease your chance of having twins, triplets, or more when having IVF is by transferring one embryo at a time.  

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