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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Is it normal to have breast pain during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. I am three months pregnant. I am having breast pain, for which my doctor prescribed Pregcert 200 SR and Duphaston 10 mg. Is it necessary to take this? Is not breast pain normal during the first trimester of pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, breast pain is quite normal in the first trimester. If u do not want to take too many medications, talk to your doctor about stopping these. What will help you is a support brassiere. Get one with a good fit and observe how you feel. It should neither be t...  Read Full »

My wife is 8 weeks pregnant and taking Asmita. Can pregnancy be continued?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife had irregular periods. We consulted a gynecologist and she suggested starting Asmita tablet for 21 days and Oosure tablet for a month. We started medication from mid of last month. Now, ultrasound says that she is 8 weeks pregnant. My question is can she continue the pregna...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Both the drugs Asmita 21 (combination of Drospirenone and Ethinyl estradiol) and Oosure tablets (Myo-Inositol) have been advised to her presuming that she was a case of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and had concerns regarding ovulation. But, as Asmita are e...  Read Full »

I have taken Harmoni-F for three months. Now planning for a baby. When will I get pregnant?

Query: Dear Doctor, I have taken Harmoni F for the past three months. Now I stopped taking it and planning for a baby. When will I get pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. It will take 3-6 months for you to get pregnant. Start taking folic acid tablet. Hope it helps. Consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online for further help --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist  Read Full »

What are the things to consider before planned pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, What are the best things one can do to get pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As with anything, having a planned pregnancy has a better outcome than an unplanned pregnancy. For both partners, adhering to a healthy lifestyle in terms of diet, fitness, stopping smoking and alcohol, and stress management are important. For the woman, in particular, we...  Read Full »

Can Spirulina 500 mg tablet replace body's vitamin B and folic acid requirements?

Query: Hi doctor, Can Spirulina 500 mg tablet be taken twice to replace the intake of 2.5 mg folic acid and vitamin B?  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The amount of folic acid or vitamin B available in a capsule of Spirulina is not sufficient to meet the daily requirements of these vitamins. So, it is essential to substitute it by other vitamin supplements.  Read Full »

Delayed conception or intrauterine pregnancy of uncertain viability.

Query: Hi, I am 24 years. I did urine pregnancy test and got tested as positive. After 10 days, I visited doctor and I got it confirmed. After 17 days I got 3 drops of bleeding. Doctor scanned and told negative. Again in urine test another light line found. Doctor saw that strip and she gave some tablets t...  Read Full »


Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you are having a condition called delayed conception or intrauterine pregnancy of uncertain viability. We need to do a beta HCG blood test to be able to differentiate the two. Waiting and rescanning in 2 weeks is advisable, as waiting for a month may be t...  Read Full »

Am I not able to conceive because of the brown discharge before my periods?

Query: Hello doctor, A year before, I was getting regular periods. One day before period, I used to get spotting then bleeding for five days. I was on birth control pills. A year ago, I stopped the pills. So from nine months, I am having brown discharge with mucus before four days of periods, then bleedin...  Read Full »


Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have not mentioned for how long you took the birth control pills. There are many adverse effects of the pills, which women are not aware of and the doctors are also not telling. This is a side effect of the pills, as pills stop ovulation totally. If one tries t...  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 »

Please suggest treatment to become a father.

Query: Hi doctor, The semen analysis reports are as follows: volume 3 mL, abnormal forms 0℅, motility - rapidly progressive-20℅, sluggishly progressive-20℅, non-progressive-10℅ and immotile-50℅, pus cells-10 to 12 per hpf vitality-50℅. I have a sperm count of less than 10 million per mL. What...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since your sperm count is low and immotile sperm count is high, there is a 40 % to 50% chance. But there is a treatment for the same. Please consult your specialist doctor. Revert in case of further queries.  Read Full »

How long should I wait before terminating the pregnancy for a blighted ovum?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 7 weeks pregnant according to my last LMP. I got a scan on the sixth of this month, which showed 5 weeks and 5 days pregnancy, gestational sac 8.5mm, no fetus pole, and yolk sac. My doctor said we will repeat the scan after a week and will terminate the pregnancy. This is my second...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? I am sorry for the previous loss. This time again it does not look very promising. Usually, by six weeks of pregnancy, fetal heart beat should be seen on the scan. Either the baby is not yet 6 weeks, so what the doctor said is right, you wait for a week...  Read Full »

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