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I am a young woman just beginning to become sexually active. Why do I need to take folic acid when I am so young and when I am not planning on becoming pregnant?

If you are sexually active and are able to become pregnant, there is always a chance of getting pregnant- even if you are not trying. After all, almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned! You should take a multivitamin with 0.4mg of folic acid just in case, so that if you do become pregnant, you know you have helped to prevent a neural tube defect in your baby. Always be prepared for the unexpected!