Some interesting facts about twins…

pivf-8wk-usIn the world of Reproductive Medicine, and much to the delight of our Obstetrician colleagues, we are always looking for new ways to reduce the risk of twins and other multiple births. Multiple pregnancies significantly increase the risks of all sorts of complications for mother and baby. It was a nice change of pace when I came across this great blog entry from the Renee Jacques at the Huffington Post about some cool and interesting facts about twins. So here they are:

  1. Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints
  2. Massachusetts has the highest number of twin births in US, followed by Connecticut and third our state of New Jersey. Not surprising considering we have lots of couples going through IVF and other infertility treatments and a law mandating coverage.
  3. Mirror image identical twins have reverse asymmetric features.
  4. Identical twins are not completely genetically identical
  5. Moms of twins may live longer
  6. Tall women are more likely to have twins
  7. Women who eat more dairy are more likely to have twins.
  8. It is possible for twins to have two different fathers
  9. Twins interact with each other in utero
  10. Some conjoined (Siamese) twins can experience each others senses.
  11. 40% of twins communicate with their own language.

Be sure to visit her original article here.

 

Surrogacy- why not to do it yourself

princeton-ivf-turkey-basterLike most Reproductive Medicine practices, we perform what we refer to as “Third Party Reproduction” meaning we use donor sperm, donor eggs, gestational carriers for couples who need these procedures. One of the problems with the use of an egg and sperm donors or surrogates and gestational carriers, is that using them can be rather pricey. A lot of effort is required to make sure all parties involved are protected medically and legally, and so many patients may be tempted to do this at home without medical intervention. This story of a “Turkey Baster” do it yourself surrogacy from the UK illustrates why it is so important not to try this at home.