1 in 30 Babies Are Twins, and It’s Not Just Because of Fertility Treatments
Know someone having twins? Me too! It’s not just our imaginations -- twin births are definitely becoming more common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a study on twins born in the United States. It found that in 1980, one in every 53 babies was a twin. Ever since, the rate has risen about one to two percent each year, with the most recent stat being one in 30.
Experts site fertility drugs and treatments as being a big factor in the increase, since, well, they boost fertility, making conceiving multiple babies more likely. Women over 40 were the demographic that experienced the biggest rise, since they’re most likely to have two embryos implanted during in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The other big reason? More women having babies over 30. After 30, you’re more likely to conceive twins naturally than you are when you’re younger.
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