The real reason behind the multiples baby boom

December 4, 2013 10:04 PM

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The real reason behind the multiples baby boom

(CNN) -- It's no secret that fertility treatments are behind the increasing numbers of twins, triplets or even quadruplets or quintuplets born in recent years.

However, scientists studying the impact of medical intervention on multiple births were in for a surprise -- in vitro fertilization (IVF), which has anecdotally borne much of the blame for multiple births because more than one embryo is typically implanted, was not the primary cause of multiples.

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