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One of the biggest fears associated with IVF is that of multiple births. Multiple births is when more than one child is born in one pregnancy and the rates of several births have risen since in vitro fertilization's introduction in the United States in the early 1980s. Having twins, triplets or even more children can be overwhelming for many new parents and their concerns are understandable. Having just one child can be financially demanding, let alone two or three. Parents who feel ready for one child may feel overwhelmed to find that they will soon be responsible for raising two newborn babies instead of just one. Fortunately, not every IVF pregnancy results in multiple births. In fact, the success rate of IVF is around 10% to 20%, which is why multiple embryos are used in each cycle to help increase these success rates. Using more than one embryo gives couples a greater chance of conceiving than if just one is used. The number of embryos transferred to the uterus is limited, however, to help reduce the risk of multiple births. Some studies indicate, however, that babies born as a result of in vitro fertilization are 20 times more likely to be born as multiple birth babies. One study also shows that about 45% of babies born of in vitro fertilization are multiple birth babies. It seems a bit odd to some that couples who struggle to get pregnant in the first place may be facing twins or triplets after a fertility procedure, but studies indicate that in vitro fertilization increases the chances of multiple-births versus natural conception. IVF is performed by combining sperm from a man and eggs from a woman in a dish in a laboratory. The embryos that result are then graded to determine which have the greatest chance of success and are then transferred to the woman's uterus where they have the opportunity to implant and develop into a child. Researchers and scientists are working to lower the number of multiple-births by reducing the amount of embryos transferred to the uterus and developing new ways of determining which embryos have the greatest shot at success. Infertile couples who are interested in possibly using in vitro fertilization to get pregnant are encouraged to seek further information about the procedure and their own chances of multiple births from a qualified fertility specialist in their area.

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