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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 who answered “yes” to the questions, “Have you ever heard of folic acid?” and “Do you know what the benefits of folic acid are?” and the proportion of women who identified neural tube defects/spina bifida when asked, “Which of the following diseases/birth defects can folic acid protect against?”.Notes: The following answers were possible: anemia; autism; cystic fibrosis; Down syndrome; neural tube defects/spina bifida; thrombosis; cardiovascular disease/cardiovascular health; I don’t know. More than one answer could be chosen. Data are shown by age and for women with and without children. European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviation: n, number.
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f4-ijwh-5-201: The proportion of European women who answered “yes” to the questions, “Have you ever heard of folic acid?” and “Do you know what the benefits of folic acid are?” and the proportion of women who identified neural tube defects/spina bifida when asked, “Which of the following diseases/birth defects can folic acid protect against?”.Notes: The following answers were possible: anemia; autism; cystic fibrosis; Down syndrome; neural tube defects/spina bifida; thrombosis; cardiovascular disease/cardiovascular health; I don’t know. More than one answer could be chosen. Data are shown by age and for women with and without children. European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviation: n, number.

Mentions: Awareness and knowledge of the benefits of folic acid were particularly low among young women. For example, only 42% of the teenagers in the sample had heard of folic acid before, only 15% reported that they were aware of its benefits, and only 3% knew that folic acid could reduce the risk of NTDs/spina bifida (Figure 4). However, women’s awareness of folic acid and knowledge of its benefits did increase after they had given birth to a child compared with those who had not had a child (Figure 4).


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 who answered “yes” to the questions, “Have you ever heard of folic acid?” and “Do you know what the benefits of folic acid are?” and the proportion of women who identified neural tube defects/spina bifida when asked, “Which of the following diseases/birth defects can folic acid protect against?”.Notes: The following answers were possible: anemia; autism; cystic fibrosis; Down syndrome; neural tube defects/spina bifida; thrombosis; cardiovascular disease/cardiovascular health; I don’t know. More than one answer could be chosen. Data are shown by age and for women with and without children. European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviation: n, number.
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f4-ijwh-5-201: The proportion of European women who answered “yes” to the questions, “Have you ever heard of folic acid?” and “Do you know what the benefits of folic acid are?” and the proportion of women who identified neural tube defects/spina bifida when asked, “Which of the following diseases/birth defects can folic acid protect against?”.Notes: The following answers were possible: anemia; autism; cystic fibrosis; Down syndrome; neural tube defects/spina bifida; thrombosis; cardiovascular disease/cardiovascular health; I don’t know. More than one answer could be chosen. Data are shown by age and for women with and without children. European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviation: n, number.
Mentions: Awareness and knowledge of the benefits of folic acid were particularly low among young women. For example, only 42% of the teenagers in the sample had heard of folic acid before, only 15% reported that they were aware of its benefits, and only 3% knew that folic acid could reduce the risk of NTDs/spina bifida (Figure 4). However, women’s awareness of folic acid and knowledge of its benefits did increase after they had given birth to a child compared with those who had not had a child (Figure 4).

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