Even if you aren't currently pregnant, or aren't even planning to become pregnant in the near future, it's a good idea to remember that women of childbearing age have certain needs that are different from women at other stages of life.
In the United States, iron deficiency anemia is the most prevalent type of anemia, affecting about 240,000 toddlers between one and two years of age and 3.3 million women of childbearing age.
Research into this method of male contraception focuses on blocking the effects of two male hormones--testosterone and gonadotropin--in order to prevent the production of childbearing sperm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the intake of 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid every day for all women of childbearing years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all women of childbearing age consume 0.4 mg of folic acid daily to prevent neural tube defects.