Friday, September 20

Infertility and Celiac Link

magazine is a great find for gluten-free (and other specialty) dieters. It recently had an article about the link between infertility, endometriosis, early menopause, irregular periods, absence of menstruation, multiple miscarriage, rates of C sections, low birth-weight babies, stillbirth and CELIAC.

It's worth it to read the whole article, but one excerpt I liked is as follows.

"According to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, one in eight couples is affected by infertility, defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying. Any one of a number of hormonal or anatomical problems in either the male or female partner (or both) can cause infertility. In a fairly large number of couples—about 20 percent—there’s no identifiable cause (i.e., unexplained infertility).
According to a recent study, many of these women may actually have celiac disease. When researchers at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University screened 188 women with infertility for celiac, there was no higher risk of the autoimmune disorder until they narrowed it to just those with unexplained infertility. Of that group, almost 6 percent had celiac disease—a rate nearly six times higher than expected—raising the possibility that “celiac is an important association of unexplained infertility,” the researchers wrote."
So many women are suffering unawares, but there is hope for better diagnosis process. At least one IVF facility in the West now recommends all beginner IVF patients to try a 6 month GF diet before beginning other fertility treatment.

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