Folic Acid

The synthetic form of folate, which is a water-soluble vitamin B9, is called folic acid. Folic acid is essential during pregnancy to prevent neural birth defects. The other benefits of taking folic acid are it prevents cancer and helps reduce homocysteine levels, which is related to the development of heart problems.

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My wife's fitness certificate was put on hold due to low hemoglobin. Can she travel abroad?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife went for a master health checkup. Her fitness certificate was put on hold due to low hemoglobin and other blood test parameters. Her hemoglobin was 8 g/dL, ESR was 25, hematocrit was 26.8, MCV was 62.3, MCH was 18.8, MCHC was 30.0, and RDW was 21.4 %. Can you please chec...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your wife has microcytic hypochromic anemia. The common causes of microcytic hypochromic anemia are iron-deficiency anemia, sideroblastic anemia, thalassemia minor, and anemia of chro...  Read Full »

ALT and AST are out of range. What does it mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a blood work on my liver. The results came back saying that my ALT and AST are very high and out of range. So, I would like to know what that exactly means. When I received my laboratory test report they said that I should seek medical advice. My AST is 75 and ALT is 35. My MCV 116 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Alcohol induced liver damage has caused increased enzyme levels. Possibly early stages, as no jaundice is seen. MCV high (mean corpuscular volume) is due to associated vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency. Malnutrition du...  Read Full »

Is laparoscopy needed for retention cyst in the ovary?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old woman weighing 56 kg and 5 feet tall. We are trying for a baby for more than a year. Recently I underwent treatment and have completed two cycles of Clomid with no positive outcome. I had another unsuccessful try at IUI along with Clomid. From the last couple of m...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to iclinq.com. After going through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) carefully, I feel it is better to undergo a laparoscopy because of the cyst size. Any ovarian cyst of more than 3 cm needs a surgical intervention. Laparoscopy will also increase th...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my low serum folate and vitamin D levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a PFA and a full body checkup. I have attached the report. Please guide me to understand it.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.I went through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are a few things which need to be addressed.Your Serum folate is low so you will need supplements for the same. I suggest you take tablet Folik (Folic acid)5mg every third day. Vitamin D...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a remedy for pain during intercourse and the best days for conceiving.

Query: Hello doctor, My husband aged 31 and I aged 25 have been married for eight months. We are trying for a baby but unable to as there is pain during intercourse. Both of us are not able to be aroused completely and hence we tire easily. What types of food can be taken? Can you suggest the best time for...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Use a lubricant jelly so that you will not have pain during intercourse. Day 12 to 24 is the fertile period. There are chances of you getting pregnant as there is ovulation happening during this period. I suggest you get started with 1) Folic acid supplements. (Co...  Read Full »

Does abstinence from sex for three months is required after a miscarriage?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a miscarriage two weeks back. The baby had no heartbeat or growth even after nine weeks. So, the doctor gave me tablets for abortion. And she advised taking rest and abstinence from sex for three months. I am confused about that because I am eager to have a baby now. Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? Sorry to hear about the loss. Hope God gives you all the mental strength to face it. I agree with your doctor, we always ask ladies who have had a miscarriage to give a gap of three months. There was some problem in yoyr body to cause miscarriage, so...  Read Full »

Why am I having a constant feeling of anxiety with negative thoughts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female, and I am a doctor myself. I just graduated from college and got a job. I have this constant feeling of anxiety, and my heart rate does not seem to get lowered. I cannot shut my mind from worrying about what might happen in the future. I always think of the wo...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. A lot of individuals your age suffer such anticipatory anxiety and stress about the future. You are in a job and have anticipation about the things that are not going to happen. You are thinking about the worst scenario, not feeling ha...  Read Full »

What test should I undergo to check my calcium levels?

Query: Hello doctor,What type of calcium blood test should I undergo to check my calcium as a part of a routine checkup? Also, provide me full details of the folic acid blood test as I want to undergo a blood test for a routine checkup.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. My suggestions for you are as follows- 1. You can do total serum calcium level or as ionized and nonionized separately. However, generally, simple total serum calcium gives enough information needed to see whether there is any deficiency. 2...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment plan based on my father's blood report.

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to get a consultation regarding my father. His blood report showed hemoglobin (optical/impedance) 12.4 g%, platelet count (optical/impedance) 93 10^3/cubic mm, WBC count (optical/impedance) 3.6 10^3/cubic mm, packed cell volume (calculated) 36%, serum vitamin B 12 472 ng/L. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows. There are mild anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count. All counts are considered adequate clinically, as they are near normal. It could be early features of megaloblastic anemia. As vitamin B12 levels ar...  Read Full »

How can I find out the risk of Down's syndrome in my second baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My first baby is a Down's syndrome kid. I am currently on Fol G2 (folic acid). Kindly guide me whether my second baby is at risk.  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H. Mavani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your report is near normal or in the actual term that there is a very low risk according to your age, blood parameters, and sonography. There is a low risk of having this baby positive for Down's syndrome. But, if you have the first baby with po...  Read Full »

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