Science: Do You Know You Can Still Impregnate A Woman That Is Already Pregnant
Most people are familiar with the basics of how a woman gets pregnant: an egg is released from an ovary; sperm fertilizes the egg; the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining,
where it eventually becomes a fetus. But what if the process occurs a second time, after one egg has already implanted in the uterus?
How does a double pregnancy happen?
Its Called superfetation, the phenomenon is known to occur in some mammals such as badgers and mink. But it’s highly unusual in humans.
“It’s incredibly rare, and there aren’t many reports on this,” “It’s so rare, in fact, that I can’t even give you a statistic on it.”
That’s because once a woman is pregnant, changes in her hormones typically prevent her body from continuing to ovulate.
But if a woman does ovulate again—and if that egg becomes fertilized and implants in her uterus, she can carry a double pregnancy.
The reasons why a woman might ovulate while she’s already pregnant aren’t well studied. “It’s hard to find any literature on this poorly understood and mystical topic,”
“Superfetation goes against what we know medically about getting pregnant spontaneously. The truth is not all medical phenomena have a logical explanation.”
In extremely rare cases, a woman can get pregnant while already pregnant. Normally, a pregnant woman’s ovaries temporarily stop releasing eggs.
But in a rare phenomenon called superfetation, another egg is released, gets fertilized with sperm, and attaches to the wall of the uterus, resulting in two babies.
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