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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 biological children and aware of FA who answered “yes” to the question, “Did you receive any advice/information to take folic acid either whilst you were pregnant or when you were thinking of becoming pregnant?” and “Again thinking of the pregnancy with your first child, did you take a folic acid supplement whilst you were pregnant or when you were trying to become pregnant for the first time?”Note: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviations: FA, folic acid; n, number.
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f6-ijwh-5-201: The proportion of European women with biological children and aware of FA who answered “yes” to the question, “Did you receive any advice/information to take folic acid either whilst you were pregnant or when you were thinking of becoming pregnant?” and “Again thinking of the pregnancy with your first child, did you take a folic acid supplement whilst you were pregnant or when you were trying to become pregnant for the first time?”Note: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviations: FA, folic acid; n, number.

Mentions: Of the women with a biological child and who were aware of folic acid, 62% received advice to take folic acid either while they were pregnant or while planning a pregnancy, and of these women, 89% actually took folic acid (Figure 6). In contrast, of the 38% of women who did not receive such advice only 14% took periconceptional folic acid of their own accord. The predominant source of information/advice on folic acid was reported to be from a gynecologist (79%), followed by a general practitioner (17%), or a midwife (16%). The main reasons reported by the women for not taking folic acid when pregnant or trying to become pregnant were: deficient advice (“No one advised me to take it,” 43%) and lack of awareness (“I didn’t know about folic acid,” 40%).


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 biological children and aware of FA who answered “yes” to the question, “Did you receive any advice/information to take folic acid either whilst you were pregnant or when you were thinking of becoming pregnant?” and “Again thinking of the pregnancy with your first child, did you take a folic acid supplement whilst you were pregnant or when you were trying to become pregnant for the first time?”Note: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviations: FA, folic acid; n, number.
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f6-ijwh-5-201: The proportion of European women with biological children and aware of FA who answered “yes” to the question, “Did you receive any advice/information to take folic acid either whilst you were pregnant or when you were thinking of becoming pregnant?” and “Again thinking of the pregnancy with your first child, did you take a folic acid supplement whilst you were pregnant or when you were trying to become pregnant for the first time?”Note: European aggregated data are based on weighted samples (unweighted n number shown in brackets).Abbreviations: FA, folic acid; n, number.
Mentions: Of the women with a biological child and who were aware of folic acid, 62% received advice to take folic acid either while they were pregnant or while planning a pregnancy, and of these women, 89% actually took folic acid (Figure 6). In contrast, of the 38% of women who did not receive such advice only 14% took periconceptional folic acid of their own accord. The predominant source of information/advice on folic acid was reported to be from a gynecologist (79%), followed by a general practitioner (17%), or a midwife (16%). The main reasons reported by the women for not taking folic acid when pregnant or trying to become pregnant were: deficient advice (“No one advised me to take it,” 43%) and lack of awareness (“I didn’t know about folic acid,” 40%).

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