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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Conceiving twins naturally

 teddybear3499 - Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:05 pm

Is it true that eating yams and dairy products will increase your chances of having twins if there are no twins in either side of your family? I have read articles that say Nigeria has a high twinning rate because of the yams they eat (Cassava root).
I have read that certain foods produce a hormone that can cause hyperovulation.
Just wondering if this is true.

Any advice would be great. Thanks!
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:41 am

User avatar Hi,
It is true that in some populations the rate of twin pregnancies is higher and one population in particular (Nigeria's Yoruba community).

In the indian state of Kerala also some communities are known to have a high rate of twins (Kodinhi village, kerala).

Incidentally, Kerala is also a high cassava producing and consuming state.Cassava consumption has declined in kerala of late, resulting in a noticeable change in the incidence and presentation of a condition known as 'tropical pancreatitis', which has been confidently linked to consumption of cassava.
The same can't be said of the rate of twin pregnancies in kerala.

That genetic factors play a considerable role in twin pregnancies is well known.
But, the role of cassava is at best, unclear.
Best wishes!

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