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Folic acid Question

Ask a question Deksha123 3Posts Saturday September 16, 2017Registration date September 26, 2017 Last seen - Last answered on Sep 26, 2017 at 03:05 PM by Asnat123
Hello Ladies,
My question is, currently I am taking Medroxyprogesterone in order for my period to begin. Then I will be on BCP for 1 month and only then will I be able to start my 2nd round of ivf. (which now will probably be mid-end september . However, I was wondering when is it ok to begin taking folic acid? Can you take it with BCP or better yet is it ok to take it with all of the shots that I will be taking in september.
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Hi. Thank you for writing this important question in this forum. I think taking folic acid for at least one month before conception reduces the risk of neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida, by up to 70 percent. During pregnancy, the recommended dose jumps to 600 to 800 mcg. If you have a family history of neural-tube defects, you should probably get 4,000 mcg (4 mg) of folic acid a day. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin, so your body will flush out the excess if you consume too much. FA is a vitamin, which pregnant ladies can struggle to maintain sufficient levels and I think it takes a little while to build up a reserve, hence the 3-month starting point. It's the same as eating heaps and heaps of spinach. Hope this helps you. GL
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