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Darling Husband and I got to talking about TTC today. I foresee having some fertility issues so I wouldn’t be surprised if we have to have some kind of medical intervention. Darling Husband is concerned about this because he worries that we couldn’t handle multiples. Twins would be do-able (though terrifying) but anything more than that would be far too much. I know that there is a possibility of multiples when using fertility treatments but it’s a risk we’re willing to take to have a child if it comes down to it. On top of that, multiples runs in my family. My aunt was a twin though my uncle died at birth (moms siblings). Given these circumstances, would multiples be a very real possibility for us?
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It depends on what fertility treatments are… Medications like Clomid or Femara has a lower possibility of multiples then say injectables. For example: my RE’s goal when using Clomid or FEmara is one healthy follicle, while for injections, he would like to see 4 follicles hence you have more chance to have multiples with injections.
I would work with an RE, and not just an ob/gyn. MAny RE’s see multiples as a failure, and really calculate dosages that would give you the best shot at 1 baby.
Post # 4
Thanks to genetics, I think by yourself you have a chance!
With interventions and genetics aside, IVF has a really good rate of multiples due to the nature of the procedure! I know 2 people who have done IVF and they both got twins 😉
Post # 5
Good to know. Thanks ladies. The thought of multiples scares the crap out of me but it would be a gamble we’re willing to take. We’re not ready to start trying yet but I plan to discuss my fertility issues with my doctor the next time I go in.
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- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
For what it’s worth, our IVF clinic (& some others out there) are no longer implanting more than one embryo – except for special circumstances – to avoid the higher risk multiple pregnancies. As much as I’d love to carry twins, I’m also more than happy about just having ONE healthy baby – so that idea appeals to me.
Clomid & Femara do have increased chances, but it’s all down to how your body reacts to the meds, which you won’t know until you try.
When do you guys think you’ll be TTC? Exciting. 🙂
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My cousin took Clomid and her twins just turned one last month!
Post # 9
Twins run in my family as well, my mom was a twin, her grandma, her grandma etc.
My RE says the chance of concieving twins when they run in your family is around 3-4%. If you use clomid it increases it to 8%. It is 8% for any woman taking clomid, genetics are taken out of the equation.
I hope this eases your concerns a little bit!
Post # 10
@jaguar: We’re probably going to hold off for another 2 years or so. We want to be settled in a house before we start trying so we need to get past that hurdle first. Honestly, I don’t even know if I’m going to have fertility issues, I just always assumed I would. My period has never been regular which leads me to believe there may be some issues. This is going to make me sound incredibly irresponsible but we haven’t used any kind of protection for YEARS and have never had an “oops”. I somehow doubt that I’m just that lucky. Then again, I’m also overweight so that could be a factor. Hopefully I’m able to shed some major poundage in the next 2 years which hopefully will help with conceiving.
@FMM: Hmm, good to know. In the few articles I’ve read, it seems like the higher chances come from when your immediate family is a twin (like you said mom, grandma). I wonder if there’s any kind of statistic out there for just having an aunt who’s a twin. I don’t recall any other multiples in my family beyond my aunt and deceased uncle. I’m going to ask my mom about it the next time I see her though.
@curlymama318: I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up on comid. Oh boy! lol