Fertility Doctor, Joshua Hurwitz, Points Out Study About Folic Acid and Autism
Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Hurwitz Discusses a Link Between Folic Acid and Autism
PathtoFertility is a blog dedicated to educating and supporting men and women experiencing infertility challenges. Board certified reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Joshua Hurwitz at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), brought an article to my attention last week that he thought would be good to share here, on our blog.
The article, which was published in the Stamford Hospital's Newsletter, refers to an observational clinical study, discussing findings about folic acid and the diagnosis of autistic disorder. The authors of the study are quick to point out that this study does not link folic acid taken four weeks before conception and eight weeks after conception to Aspbergers or PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified). To read more about the study itself, click here.
The authors and the comments from other clinical professionals highly recommend replicating this study with an eye towards a causal link between folic acid and the diagnosis of autism. The study authors go on to discuss other factors that they were able to eliminate as possible causes for the increased diagnosis of autism for those women who had not taken the folic acid for the four weeks prior and eight weeks post conception.
Prenatal Vitamins are Still a Must for Preconception
A good, healthy diet, as well as pre-natal care may factor into the results, but do not appear to negate the substantial results showing in this study about the importance of folic acid during preconception. Starting a good prenatal vitamin while in fertility treatment has long been standard of practice at RMACT. If you are trying to become pregnant, whether on your own, or with a fertility doctor, please do seriously consider prenatal vitamins. Preconception is being considered more and more seriously here at RMACT. We are looking at a minimum of 90 days before you concieve.
What can you do in those 90 days before conception?
First, take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Check with your health care provider about the dose that they would like to see in that vitamin supplement.
Second, take a look at your food. There are simple adjustments that you can make that will support your efforts to become healthier. We do know that healthier moms make healthier babies.
Thank you Dr. Joshua Hurwitz for bringing this important study to our attention.
We hear so much in the news about what's good and what's not. There's so much contradiction out there. One news report will say, "yes, eat all the .... that you can", while another news report will tell you never to eat that very same thing. It's reassuring to hear from a top fertility specialist what they are reading. It's reassuring to know that they are concerned and aware of the tests being done and the results. So I'm happy to pass this on to you today. Again, thanks to Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, I know a little more that I can share with you. Take the prenatal vitamin with folic acid. And have a happy Wednesday.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.