Fertility myths: separating fact from fiction
Myth: Women going through fertility treatments end up with twins or triplets.
Truth: The majority of women who succeed with fertility treatments will have a single child. The risk of multiple pregnancies with infertility treatments is higher than usual, but can be minimized. Currently on average 21% of pregnancies resulting from IVF and ICSI are twins and 1% are triplets.1 This is primarily due to the practice of transferring several embryos into the uterus to increase chances for success. Discuss with your doctor ways to minimise the risk of multiple pregnancies.
Myth: Couples often get pregnant once they adopt a child.
Truth: There is no proof that pregnancy and adoption are linked any way. Some stories travel better then others and you probably don’t hear about those couples who adopt and don’t get pregnant.
1. ESHRE. The European IVF monitoring programme (EIM), for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Assisted reproductive technology in Europe, 2005. Results generated from European Registers by ESHRE. Hum Reprod 2009; 24:1267-1287