Hyperovulation occurs when a woman’s ovaries release more than one egg during each cycle. This can increase the chance of fraternal twins, triplets or more. It’s possible for hyperovulation to happen in just one ovary, or involve the release of more than one egg from each ovary.
What Causes Hyperovulation?
There are quite a few causes of hyperovulation, including:
- Genetics. Some women are predisposed to hyperovulation, which is why fraternal twins commonly run in the maternal side of some families.
- Natural remedies. Some herbs and alternative medicines, such as cassava, have been thought to increase hyperovulation in some women.
- Medical treatment. When a woman plans to donate her eggs or undergoes IVF treatment, she’ll be given hormonal stimulants to allow her body to produce multiple eggs, which are then removed for fertilisation.
- Medical Issues. Women who have medical conditions such as PCOS, may experience missed periods which are then followed by normal fertile cycles which release multiple eggs.
- Recently ceasing birth control. As a woman’s cycle readjusts, she’s more likely to release multiple eggs. Many women are more fertile or more likely to conceive twins, immediately after coming off birth control.
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