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ISSN: 1935-1232 (P)

ISSN: 1941-2010 (E)

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Abstract

Preconceptional Intake of Folic Acid Supplementation and its Associated Factors: A Cross Sectional Study on the Lebanese Females of Reproductive Age
Author(s): Batoul Ballout*, Sara Sherri, Mariam Hajj Diab, Bassem Malaeb and Diana Malaeb

Objective: Infertility is recognized as a public health issue worldwide where the total fertility rate is decreasing in most countries. Hence, this study assesses the use of folic acid supplementation prior to pregnancy in the Lebanese population. Methods: It was a cross-sectional study that took place between December 2019 and February 2020 using a representative sample of community patients. Of 1000 participants who were approached, 980 were completed and collected back and 953 samples were accepted. The sample was drawn from the districts of all Lebanese governorates (Beirut, Mount Lebanon, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, and Bekaa).