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Can Twins be Attracted to Each Other?

The “story” of a Mississippi married couple who found out during fertility testing that they were identical twins has gone viral.  Although NOT confirmed it is not the first time we’ve heard of twins becoming so close that they love each other, and by “love” we mean a closer attraction than the usual sibling relationship.

In 2008 a British couple found out they were fraternal twins separated at birth.  They had their marriage immediately annulled and this sparked calls for children to have more rights when it came to learning of their biological parents.

In South Africa a brother fell for his twin sister, although the feeling was not mutual and no sexual relationship ensued.

And many of us are still wrapping our heads around Princess Leia kissing her twin brother Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.




Although incest between twins is rare, it is not uncommon for siblings to dream about each other, and for “genetic sexual attraction” to take place.

Genetic sexual attraction occurs when close biological relatives fall for each other.  Most cases occur when relatives become estranged and then meet each other for the first time or after an extended period of time.

But what about twins?  Twins are known to have bonds beyond our comprehension and their closeness is envied by those of us who endured endless bullying, tattling and sibling rivalry from our brothers and sisters.

But studies have not been done to look at attraction between twins.  With the exception of those looking for advice on medical blogs, many do not choose to be forthcoming with their story due to social stigma.  .

Yet I don’t believe its as common as many think. Like does attract like, however, when it comes to sexual attraction, most do not want to be in a relationship with one so similar to themselves.  I believe its rare for a close twin relationship to go beyond sibling love, but it may occur at the same rate consensual incest occurs.


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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician



Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada

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