Should every woman ttc take folate (folic acid)? What is the dose?

Yes. All women in their childbearing years should take folate, (folic acid) especially if they are actively trying to conceive. Folic acid helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. The recommended dosage is 0.4-0.8mcg for women with low risk. Supplementation should begin at least 1 month before conception and continued throughout the first trimester.

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I read that hubby can take folate as well when ttc. Does this help sperm +devel? Is too much folic acid bad? We both take 1mg. Plus prenatal for me.

Not hurting. Any vitamin supplement has very little impact on sperm and male fertility. It will not cause any harm though. Read more...
Folic acid is great. Women take Folic Acid to help prevent neuro tube defects. Men can take folic and other antioxidants to improve sperm shape. This has been supported in urologic studies. Read more...

Is it ok to take 5mg folic acid every alternative day for a 29 yr old woman having pcos and trying to conceive?

Folic acid. folic acid does not have that may drawbacks and its recommended that women in the reproductive age consume at least 1 mg of folic acid daily. Read more...
Folic Acid Dose. I cannot recommend a dose of 5 mg every other day unless your doctor specifically ordered this for you. The FDA limits OTC folic acid tabs to 0.4 mg. Women in child bearing years need more so discuss what's right for you with your doctor. Because high doses of folic acid mask vit B12 deficiency, if you take more than 1 mg of folic acid per day, you should take 1,000mcg of Vit B12 daily. Talk w/MD. Read more...

If your trying to conceive how much folate (folic acid) acid should you talk a day? And does dosage change if your obese?

RDI folate (folic acid) 400-1000. The recommended daily intake of Folic Acid for adult women is around 400 mcg/day. More is needed during pregnancy (600mcg)and while breast-feeding (1000mcg). Weight does not increase the amount required, but some medications and a common gene variant does. The mthfr gene variant (c667t) is found in ~30% of people and cannot be corrected without a special form of Folic Acid known as l-methylfolate. Read more...
No, only 1 mg. The amount of Folic Acid needed to prevent birth defects and spina bifida (or the open spinal cord in the baby) is 400 micrograms or 0.4 mg. Once you are pregnant you need extra Folic Acid to make more red blood cells. Since our diets are generally not adequate, the recommended dose in pregnancy is 1000 micrograms or 1 milligram, which is common in prescription prenatal vitamins. Read more...

Folic acid 5mg cause spotting 2dpo untill next period. Happens everytime I take it but hv to take now bcos ttc. Can reduce dose to 400ug?

Consider 5-MTHF form. About 1/3 of people genetically have difficulty converting Folic Acid to its active form, 5-mthf. These people will benefit much more from taking that form of foiate- see www.Drdebe.Com/l-5-mthf-new-supplement-that-could-save-your-life.Html.There is evidence that folic acid, a synthetic substance, may be hazardous for many-see www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/folic_acid_dangers_and_prenatal_vitamins.Aspx. Read more...