Are IVF Twins Real Twins?
IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a fertility treatment that helps couples who are having difficulty conceiving a child. IVF involves the fertilization of an egg outside of the body, and then the embryo is transferred into the uterus of the mother. The process can result in a single baby, twins, or even triplets.
When it comes to IVF twins, there are two types: fraternal and identical. Fraternal IVF twins occur when two embryos are successfully transferred and develop into two fetuses. Identical IVF twins occur when a successfully implanted embryo splits and develops into two fetuses. “Fraternal IVF twins are more common than identical IVF twins,” says Dr. Sekhon, a fertility specialist.
So, are IVF twins real twins? The answer is yes. Whether they are fraternal or identical, IVF twins are just as real as any other twins. They are genetically related, just like any other set of twins, and they share the same womb environment.
However, there are some differences between IVF twins and naturally conceived twins. For example, IVF twins are more likely to be born prematurely and at a lower birth weight than naturally conceived twins. Additionally, IVF twins may have a higher risk of certain medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy.
Despite these differences, IVF twins are still real twins. They share the same genetic makeup and womb environment, and they can develop a strong bond just like any other set of twins. So, if you are considering IVF as a fertility treatment, you can rest assured that the twins you may have are just as real as any other set of twins.