Record Number of Twins Born Last Year

  • By Kim Tae-jun

    August 30, 2022 12:48

    A record five out of every 100 babies born in Korea last year were twins as older parents resorted to fertility treatment. 
    According to Statistics Korea on Monday, 140,000 out of 2.6 million babies born in 2021 or 5.4 percent were twins, up from 4.9 percent a year earlier.
    In the 1990s, only about one percent of all babies born were twins, but the proportion rose as couples married later and more often resorted to fertility treatments like in-vitro fertilization, which increases the chances of twins being born.  
    The proportion of twins increased as the age of mothers rose. It was 2.1 percent among mothers in their early 20s but rose to 2.8 percent among those aged 25 to 29, 4.7 percent among women aged 30 to 34 and 8.1 percent among women aged 35 to 39. 
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