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Are more and more twins being born in Poland?

Are more and more twins being born in Poland?

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Strolling through the streets of Polish cities, you get the impression that double strollers are no longer an unusual, but a standard view. Twins of different ages can easily be picked up in a crowd of children playing. The supposition is that multiple pregnancies are becoming more common. However is that true?

Scale, or what the numbers say

Research conducted in the United States in 2012 proves that up to 3.3% of all born children are twins. In 1980 this number was lower and accounted for 2% of all births. While in 1980 every 53th American child was a twin, already in 2009 every 30th

How is it in Poland? The CSO data shows that in 2007, 9104 twins were born in Poland - 2.34% of all births. Analyzing the years 2002-2010, it can be clearly stated that the number of newly born twins increased by 46%. Since 1987, when the first Polish child was born using the in vitro method, the birth rate of twins in Poland increased by as much as 75 percent!

What will the future be like?

Doctors and scientists estimate that in 10 years every twentieth pregnant woman will give birth to twins. Some go even further, suggesting that in 40 years every second pregnancy may be plural (!)

When are the twins most often born?

According to research, twins are most often born in the age group 35-45 years. Statistically younger women are more likely to have multiple pregnancies (in adolescents they constitute only 2% of all births). For comparison, in the United States, multiple pregnancies related to more than 1/5 of births in women over 45 years of age.

Why are more and more twins born?

Scientists do not agree. There are several hypotheses:

  • the reason for more and more frequent twin pregnancies may be the use of fertility drugs, fertilization support techniques and the decision to have children later in life.
  • the increasing use of contraceptives, after which the so-called spontaneous ovulation effect occurs.
  • the cause may be changes in the environment and in the diet (hormone-derived substances found in soil, meat of animals may be the reason for the ripening of more eggs).
  • late age of pregnancy: people around 35 years of age have a six-fold chance of getting pregnant as compared to younger women.

Has nature itself found a way to reduce the number of births of children? Twin pregnancies are to become a panacea for demographic problems?