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Women's awareness and periconceptional use of folic acid: data from a large European survey.

Bitzer J, von Stenglin A, Bannemerschult R - Int J Womens Health (2013)

Bottom Line: Of the respondents, 58% had at least one biological child, and of these 38% reported that their first pregnancy was not planned.Overall, 70% reported that they had heard of folic acid and 40% stated that they knew the benefits of folic acid.A large proportion of European women of child-bearing age in this survey were unaware that periconceptional folic acid supplementation reduces the risk of birth defects.

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Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Women's Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To investigate the awareness and use of folic acid in European women of child-bearing age, particularly in the setting of pregnancy and pregnancy planning.

Methods: Between November 2009 and December 2009, women aged 15-49 years old from 18 European countries completed a 30-minute structured questionnaire either online or via face-to-face interviews. To achieve nationally representative samples for each country quotas were set for age, education, income, and regional distribution.

Results: A total of 22,925 women participated in the survey. Of the respondents, 58% had at least one biological child, and of these 38% reported that their first pregnancy was not planned. Nearly 60% of women who planned their pregnancy indicated that they had stopped using their method of contraception without first consulting a doctor or another health care professional. Overall, 70% reported that they had heard of folic acid and 40% stated that they knew the benefits of folic acid. However, when prompted to indicate which diseases and/or birth defects folic acid can protect against, only 17% knew that folic acid can reduce the risk of neural tube defects/spina bifida.

Conclusions: A large proportion of European women of child-bearing age in this survey were unaware that periconceptional folic acid supplementation reduces the risk of birth defects.

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The proportion of European women with at least one biological child who answered “yes” to the question, “Now please think of the pregnancy with your first child, was this a planned or unplanned pregnancy?”.Notes: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets). Data for the individual countries are based on unweighted samples.Abbreviations: EU, total Europe; AT, Austria; CZ, Czech Republic; DK, Denmark; FR, France; DE, Germany; GR, Greece; IT, Italy; NL, Netherlands; NO, Norway; PL, Poland; PT, Portugal; RU, Russia; ES, Spain; SE, Sweden; CH, Switzerland; TR, Turkey; UA, Ukraine; UK, United Kingdom; n, number.
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f1-ijwh-5-201: The proportion of European women with at least one biological child who answered “yes” to the question, “Now please think of the pregnancy with your first child, was this a planned or unplanned pregnancy?”.Notes: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets). Data for the individual countries are based on unweighted samples.Abbreviations: EU, total Europe; AT, Austria; CZ, Czech Republic; DK, Denmark; FR, France; DE, Germany; GR, Greece; IT, Italy; NL, Netherlands; NO, Norway; PL, Poland; PT, Portugal; RU, Russia; ES, Spain; SE, Sweden; CH, Switzerland; TR, Turkey; UA, Ukraine; UK, United Kingdom; n, number.

Mentions: Of the combined European respondents who had at least one biological child, 38% reported that their first pregnancy was unplanned (Figure 1). In general, the rates of unplanned pregnancy were fairly similar between the countries, ranging between 25% and 47% (with the exception of The Netherlands, which had the lowest rate of unplanned pregnancy at 16%).


Women's awareness and periconceptional use of folic acid: data from a large European survey.

Bitzer J, von Stenglin A, Bannemerschult R - Int J Womens Health (2013)

The proportion of European women with at least one biological child who answered “yes” to the question, “Now please think of the pregnancy with your first child, was this a planned or unplanned pregnancy?”.Notes: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets). Data for the individual countries are based on unweighted samples.Abbreviations: EU, total Europe; AT, Austria; CZ, Czech Republic; DK, Denmark; FR, France; DE, Germany; GR, Greece; IT, Italy; NL, Netherlands; NO, Norway; PL, Poland; PT, Portugal; RU, Russia; ES, Spain; SE, Sweden; CH, Switzerland; TR, Turkey; UA, Ukraine; UK, United Kingdom; n, number.
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f1-ijwh-5-201: The proportion of European women with at least one biological child who answered “yes” to the question, “Now please think of the pregnancy with your first child, was this a planned or unplanned pregnancy?”.Notes: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets). Data for the individual countries are based on unweighted samples.Abbreviations: EU, total Europe; AT, Austria; CZ, Czech Republic; DK, Denmark; FR, France; DE, Germany; GR, Greece; IT, Italy; NL, Netherlands; NO, Norway; PL, Poland; PT, Portugal; RU, Russia; ES, Spain; SE, Sweden; CH, Switzerland; TR, Turkey; UA, Ukraine; UK, United Kingdom; n, number.
Mentions: Of the combined European respondents who had at least one biological child, 38% reported that their first pregnancy was unplanned (Figure 1). In general, the rates of unplanned pregnancy were fairly similar between the countries, ranging between 25% and 47% (with the exception of The Netherlands, which had the lowest rate of unplanned pregnancy at 16%).

Bottom Line: Of the respondents, 58% had at least one biological child, and of these 38% reported that their first pregnancy was not planned.Overall, 70% reported that they had heard of folic acid and 40% stated that they knew the benefits of folic acid.A large proportion of European women of child-bearing age in this survey were unaware that periconceptional folic acid supplementation reduces the risk of birth defects.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Women's Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To investigate the awareness and use of folic acid in European women of child-bearing age, particularly in the setting of pregnancy and pregnancy planning.

Methods: Between November 2009 and December 2009, women aged 15-49 years old from 18 European countries completed a 30-minute structured questionnaire either online or via face-to-face interviews. To achieve nationally representative samples for each country quotas were set for age, education, income, and regional distribution.

Results: A total of 22,925 women participated in the survey. Of the respondents, 58% had at least one biological child, and of these 38% reported that their first pregnancy was not planned. Nearly 60% of women who planned their pregnancy indicated that they had stopped using their method of contraception without first consulting a doctor or another health care professional. Overall, 70% reported that they had heard of folic acid and 40% stated that they knew the benefits of folic acid. However, when prompted to indicate which diseases and/or birth defects folic acid can protect against, only 17% knew that folic acid can reduce the risk of neural tube defects/spina bifida.

Conclusions: A large proportion of European women of child-bearing age in this survey were unaware that periconceptional folic acid supplementation reduces the risk of birth defects.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus