We always think of twins as sharing every thing there is to share and having every thing in common, the usual ties or bonds witnessed among twins is even proverbial. But is it possible for twins to have different fathers?
The answer is yes.
Giving birth to twins from two fathers is rare but does happen naturally, with no complications. In medicine this condition is called heteropaternal superfecundation. (‘hetero’ means different, “paternal” relates to father and “fecundation” implies fertility).
When a woman during her fertile days of her monthly cycle engages in multiple sex activities with the opposite sex, that situation can occur but only in the circumstance that she produces two eggs during her fertility cycle and that sexual intercourse with both men happened within a specified window period, usually not more than a day.
It has been estimated that 1 in every 13,000 paternity cases involves twins having different fathers.
We’ll not stop being dazzled by nature’s ways.
Dr Gilbert Ezengige is a licensed natural medicine practitioner, lecturer and writer on health and social issues.