The analysis presented below show the overall percentage of women who take vitamins, know their vitamin contains folic acid, and have general knowledge about folic acid.
Of all the women surveyed (n=383 women, aged 18–44 years):
63% Take Vitamins or Supplements
41% Take Vitamins or Supplements that Contain Folic Acid
74% Heard of Folic Acid
24% Know Folic Acid Prevents Birth Defects
88% Know Best Time to Take Folic Acid
In addition to single question analysis, we looked at whether women who knew the benefits or have heard of folic acid were taking vitamins containing folic acid. The results presented here indicate a need for informational campaigns aimed at increasing both knowledge and behavior.
Among women who know that folic acid prevents birth defects (n=92), 51% (n=47) take a vitamin supplement that contains Folic Acid.
Among women who know that Folic Acid prevents birth defects (n=92), information about Folic Acid came from the following sources:
74% (n=67) from publications (i.e., magazines, newspapers, books)
60% (n=55) from a health care professional
48% (n= 44) from media (i.e., radio, television)
Among women who have heard of Folic Acid (n=285), 29% (n=82) know that Folic Acid prevents birth defects.