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How Are Twins Formed?

Many people are fascinated about twins and multiples. Some wonder how twins are formed or how one pregnancy gets resulted in two babies. Since twins and multiples are increasing in number these days, read on to learn how you can improve your chances of having twins.

There are many couples who wish to start their families as soon as they get married. Some of them want to have twins or multiples. Although reasons are many, most of them have this wish because they postponed their marriage for later years and now they do not want to be late in having kids.

Some couples stay occupied travelling or keep working hard at their careers and during these they did not find time to think about starting their family. So, if they conceive twins in natural way they would be able to bring up two or more children at a time and have a happy family. However, before learning about how to improve your chances of having twins, you should learn how twins are formed.

How Are Twins Conceived?

There are couple of ways in which twins or multiples are conceived. Some of these are:

Fraternal Twins

Multiple eggs are produced in some women as there is more than one ovulation. Both the eggs get fertilized with different sperms and you get twins. These twins are called fraternal twins. This is possible with or without fertility drugs.

Identical Twins

One egg is released which splits into two and in this way identical twins are formed. This also happens with or without fertility drugs.

Conjoint Twins

The third way in which twins are formed is called conjoint twins in which twins are formed in the same way identical twins are formed. But at the time of split, the embryo does not get separated completely and this makes the twins develop attached to each other.

How to Increase your Chances of Having Twins Naturally

Although some of the things are out of control, but there are things that will help increase your chances of having twins.


It has been observed that when women approach their menopausal age their ovaries start producing more eggs each month. This is the reason why studies show that women of older age have more chances of conceiving twins.

Family History

Well, this is not an obvious reason, but it has been observed that with families having a history of more identical twins, there are possibilities for twins in future generations also.


This is one of the strongest reasons of conceiving twins. Asian women have very low percentage of having twins while African women have more chances. 

Weight and Height

Women who are heavier and more nourished have chances of conceiving twins more than thinner ones or those who come from a poor family. Similarly, taller women have more chances of conceiving twins.

Length of Breastfeeding

It has been observed that women who breastfeed their child for long time have more chances of conceiving twins in their next pregnancy.

Some of the myths are also attached to improving your chances of having twins. One of them is that if you take more dairy products and meat during the time of ovulation, it helps in conceiving with twins. Well, there is no scientific explanation to this or any evidence to support this, however.
No matter how your twins or multiples are conceived, babies are delightful. Just keep in mind that parenting multiples will bring in special challenges for you. At the same time it will have special rewards too. You must aim at having a healthy pregnancy by following the advices given by your obstetrician thoroughly.

Are the chances of conceiving twins higher in older women? What are the natural ways to plan for twins? What are the myths behind twin and multiple pregnancies? Discuss here.

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Trupti.5 years ago
I have noticed that late pregnancy result in twin pregnancy.
Asha.5 years ago
Most of the IVF treatments result in twin pregnancies.
Preetal.5 years ago
I a have heard that eating twin bananas give rise to twin pregnancy.
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