Preconception counseling and women's compliance with folic acid supplementation

Can Fam Physician. 1999 Sep;45:2053-7.


Question: I am counseling patients to take folic acid when they plan pregnancy and during early pregnancy. Is there any proof that counseling really causes women to comply?

Answer: A recent Motherisk study showed that counseling women who were planning pregnancy about folic acid use is very effective: 71% of those counseled took folic acid, compared with only 17% of those who were not counseled.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Counseling*
  • Female
  • Fertilization*
  • Folic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Folic Acid / therapeutic use*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Maternal Age
  • Ontario
  • Parity
  • Patient Compliance
  • Pregnancy
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Time Factors


  • Folic Acid