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venusdreamz Tue 08-Mar-05 15:49:03

i was wondering my partner has told me he has a 95% chance of having twins, but is it that likely that I will actually conceive twins the first time we try for kids? x x

zubb Tue 08-Mar-05 15:54:05

why does he think he has a 95% chance??

Laylasmum Tue 08-Mar-05 15:55:15

I might be wrong but though that twins ran down the female side?

zubb Tue 08-Mar-05 15:55:49

so did I laylasmum

Prettybird Tue 08-Mar-05 15:57:29

Why does he say that ? Does he come froma family of twins?

Non identical twins do have an increased probability - but it has to pass through the females, as they happen as a rsult of double ovulation. (So your dh may pass that susceptibility on to any of your offspring - but can't force you to double ovulate !)

If he comes from a line of identical twins, then I suppose there may be a genetic basis in a slight increase in the probability of the embryo splitting - but definitely not as high as 95%!

Left handers (don't know why) and older mothers (probably double ovulation, as ovualtion becomes less predictable )are also supposed to increase the odds - but only very slightly.

venusdreamz Tue 08-Mar-05 16:07:35

thats the thing i couldn't understand, he does come from a bid family that carries identical twins. he foung out the info from when he went to have a sperm test. is there any chance of conceiving twins even if its on my side (we have no twins in our family) x

Prettybird Tue 08-Mar-05 16:16:38

Don't understand who his sperm analysis would equaite to a higher risk.

Foun this and \link{this}, both of which say the father has no influence on the probability of twins.

The first one explains why older mothers have a higher probability of identical twins - so different to what I thought.

Prettybird Tue 08-Mar-05 16:17:17

OOps - second link is here

TwoIfBySea Tue 08-Mar-05 21:23:03

Twins are meant to run through the female line but remember, there is always someone who has to be first in the line!

Good luck Venus!

throckenholt Wed 09-Mar-05 09:43:54

fraternal twins are the result of double ovulation - so nothing to do with the father.

Identical twins are supposed to be random, although some people think they are linked to the father .

Prettybird Wed 09-Mar-05 09:46:54

... but even if they might be linked to the father, there is no way that the probability would be as high as 95%!

throckenholt Wed 09-Mar-05 09:50:32

true - that sounds just plain daft

Prettybird Wed 09-Mar-05 09:55:27

... by the way, dh was an identical twin (twin was still born - probably becasue of undiagnosed twin to twin transfusion), I am an older mother, dh has had twins read into him palm and we are TTC!

throckenholt Wed 09-Mar-05 10:43:47

I have a friend whose brothers, father, and grandfather were both identical twins - she is convinced it runs down the male line

It is fun having id twins (I was 36 when I had them) - so if you do end up having them think yourself lucky

Prettybird Wed 09-Mar-05 10:56:19

At the moment I'd be grateful just to conceive! I'm 43 and no longer ovualting regularly. Had a miscarriage nearly 2 years ago.

Am no getting myself into the fertility "system" - blood test on friday and follow-up meeting with GP for referral, so hopefully should be onto Clomid sometime soon.

Prettybird Wed 09-Mar-05 10:57:17

... sorry, missed out "follow up meeting with GP the following Friday"

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