The fertility drug question?


When a woman were to get pregnant, she would usually only bear one child. Sometimes, she would bear two. Very rarely she would bear three. To bear more children at one go, a woman would need to take fertility drugs.

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In contrast, when animals give birth, they end to bear a litter of 4 to 5 cubs. For example, a pregnant dog will tend to bear 4 or 5 puppies and a pregnant cat will also bear 4 to 5 kittens. Insects such as ants and mosquitoes will also lay hundreds of eggs at any one time.

Is there something inside every woman that inhibit her from producing more children? Is the fertility drug used to remove this natural barrier in the woman?

3 Answers

  • LizB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes, women generally only release one egg during ovulation, although our bodies attempt to mature hundreds of ovarian follicles every cycle. Most follicles won't make it, dozens will die off in the days leading up to ovulation, but then when the body is ready to ovulate it will chose one.

    Some women are genetically prone to "hyperovulation," and may release more than one egg at a time. That's how you wind up with fraternal twins. Generally speaking, though, having more than one baby at a time is NOT desirable for humans. The human body has evolved to gestate and then breastfeed one infant at a time, we are simply not built to birth litters. And that's a GOOD thing, because humans are the most advance predators on the planet, and nature tends to balance predators vs prey by ensuring that predators have fewer offspring while prey produce them in high numbers. Our world ecosystems are strained enough with the current level of human reproduction, they would be obliterated if human mothers suddenly started having 4 or 5 babies with every pregnancy.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Animals give birth to multiple babies based on the species of the animal and their ability to care for multiple babies.  For example, rabbits not only give birth to multiple babies (usually five), they also have multiple litters in the same year.  One rabbit could have between two to four litters of baby bunnies in the same year.  They are a "prey" species with a very short life span.  If they didn't give birth to multiple babies, they would quickly become extinct and leave no food for some of the predator species.  

    Animals that are consider predators are among the animals that usually only give birth to one or two babies at a time.  Predators species also usually have fewer litters per year because most of them care for their young for a longer time frame.  (bears will usually have cubs once every two years and usually has two cubs, sometimes three.)

    Some animals are actually both predator and prey.  Small breeds of cats are great examples.  They hunt smaller animals, but larger animals will hunt them.

    There are exceptions to the predator/prey "rules" on why some species have more babies.  For example, most animals with hooves are among the "prey" animals, but usually only have one baby per year.  But these animals are also larger and run in herds giving them more protection from predators.  

    It is all part of nature's way to try to balance the population of any species.  Humans tend to manipulate nature and this can disrupt some of that balance.  Killing out a predator species can cause an overpopulation of a prey species.  (we have too many deer in my state because we no longer have enough wolves and hunting by humans isn't making up the difference)  Humans also find new ways to live longer which interrupts some of that balance also.  Overpopulation of any species can harm the planet.

    Fertility drugs stimulate the production of eggs in humans.  It is usually only used when a woman has not been able to have a baby by natural means and testing determines that she is not correctly ovulating.  When using drugs to stimulate ovulation, there is no way to control how many eggs will be released or how many of those eggs will get fertilized and successfully implant.  So, yes - in a way it does remove what nature intended.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, it's about something inside the female. Female dogs have multiple puppies because they have multiple ovulations - more than one egg mature at a time. Even if in dogs eggs don't literally mature at the same time, they do in short intervals. The same is true with cats, lions, pigs, insects, etc. This is normal. Humans, horses, cows and some others however only usually have one egg mature at a time so they only bear one child per pregnancy. 

    The "fertility drug" you are referring to is a hormone that increases the chance of egg maturity so much so that more eggs than one mature at a given time. That is why some women who have a fertility workup can have more fetuses in their womb during pregnancy. It's a dangerous procedure that can be fatal to the unborn children and to the mother. This should be done only with the direct supervision of a licensed gynecologist.

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