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IVF twin births are becoming a very common feature among those who go through the IVF procedures. Many celebrity couples are happy to share their IVF twin pregnancy success stories with others.

In a natural cycle, only one mature egg gets released. On the other hand, in IVF,  multiple eggs are collected due to superovulation . As a result, we are able to create multiple IVF embryos in the lab . The chances of a multiple birth will depend upon how many embryos we transfer, and then on how many will implant.

Many people opt for the transfer of a single embryo so that the birth of twins or multiple births can be avoided in the cycle.

However, the risk of giving birth to twin babies can easily be outweighed by the sheer joy and benefits that it bestows on the infertile couple, as they get two babies at the same time. This is an instant family , and can be a great option if you want more than one child . Many infertile parents want to have more than one baby, and having twins in a single cycle is faster - and also more cost effective, since you get two babies for the price of one !

SET  ( single embryo transfer)

On the other hand, there are many clinics who advocate single embryo transfer or SET, as they believe that the risk to the baby ( primarily that of preterm labour and low birth weight ) is greater in the case of twins. 

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In the early days of IVF , clinics would transfer lots of embryos , in the hope of getting at least one of them to implant. However, with modern advanced technology, there is a much higher chance of pregnancy even with a single embryo. Doctors are now in a better position to determine which of the embryos in the lab have the best chance of implantation and can select the healthiest one.


Though there are many IVF twin pregnancy success stories, there are some disadvantages to twin pregnancies. You can opt for a single embryo transfer to have a safer pregnancy.

Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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