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Variations in folate prescriptions for patients with the MTHFR genetic polymorphisms: A case series study


Over 48.5 million couples are reported with infertility worldwide. Health policy recommends folic acid in women of childbearing age, particularly in preconception and pregnancy which results in women purchasing over-the-counter prenatal multivitamins containing folic acid through pharmacies and other retail outlets. Emerging studies are investigating whether other forms of supplemental folate are more suitable, particularly for those with methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms. This case series aimed to document variations in forms and dosage of folate prescribed by Australian practitioners to patients with diagnosed infertility and MTHFR polymorphisms.


Australian practitioners were invited to complete a retrospective case report form for patients that presented with unexplained infertility. This case report form documented the form and dose of folate that practitioners were prescribing to their infertility patient with MTHFR polymorphisms, together with their fertility history.

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