3rd December 2011 by SevenSeasLife | 2 Comments
The small pilot study, which is now being replicated in a larger trial, was carried out by a team led by Dr Rina Agrawal, a consultant and associate professor in reproductive medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology at the University hospitals of Warwickshire and Warwick University. The trial was conducted at University College London and the Royal Free Hospital.
The research was carried out on 58 subfertile women, who were split into two groups, with one group receiving the vitamin and the other receiving folic acid. All the women had healthy, balanced diets, and the groups were matched for factors such as age, weight, and duration of infertility. At the start of the study, they either did not have regular periods, which was impacting on their ability to conceive, or had 12 months of unexplained infertility.
The results showed that 60% of women taking the pregnancy multivitamin got pregnant (18 out of 30) compared to 25% of those taking folic acid (11 out of 28).
Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: “On the face of it, this study is interesting but we should acknowledge that this is a relatively small number of patients and the study would need to be repeated in a larger trial before we could be certain of the results.
Source: The Press Association
Folic Acid is crucial in pregnancy, especially very early pregnancy, to ensure that division of cells in the foetus are healthy. Folic acid supplementation is vital as part of a preconception plan and a deficiency is linked with an increased chance on congenital abnormalities in babies e.g. spina bifida.
Previous research has shown how supplements may help with pre-eclampsia.
Coverage of the study appeared in various UK national newspapers, including:
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