Question of the Month

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September, 2011

I’m on birth control pills and I’m not planning on getting pregnant at the moment – why should I take folic acid?

Folic acid should still be taken even while taking birth control pills because it is known that birth control is not 100% effective. Birth control pills or other methods are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Research shows that 42% of women who used birth control remembered to take their pill daily. This shows that accidents can occur and thus, it is important that folic acid is consumed even while on birth control in order to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in your baby.

 

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