What Are Quintuplets?


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Quintuplets or "quints" are five siblings who were all carried by their mother during the same pregnancy. Quintuplets are the result of a dizygotic pregnancy. This type of multiple-birth pregnancy indicates that multiple fetuses were produced from at least two zygotes.

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What Are Quintuplets?
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The first quintuplets known to survive infancy were the Dionne quintuplets, born in Ontario, Canada in 1934. While quintuplet pregnancies are rare, instances of multiple-birth pregnancies have increased due to profound progress in reproductive technology, including fertility drugs and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Advances in modern medicine have also contributed to a decreased infant mortality rate in multiple-birth pregnancies.

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