Is Infertility linked to Celiac Disease?

Holy Hormones Journal: Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, is an ‘unfortunate infliction’ for people who are gluten intolerant.  Articles have stated that swiffer_pregnant_womangluten causes brain inflammation.  Hormone imbalance begins with the brain. And there are so many issues related to autoimmunity. Why is this disease on the rise? Because the fundamental nature of the wheat grain has changed due to the addition of GMO’s.

Instead of accepting the verdict of ‘infertility’ as so many women and men do – we need to be looking at the cause instead of turning to invitro fertilization – which carries with it a whole host of other problems for both the mother and the fetus.

Not only does IVF involve large amounts of physical and emotional energy, time, and money, many couples dealing with infertility suffer stress and depression. Wouldn’t it be easier to look at what nutrients we are deficient in – or what is in our diet and/or environment that might be causing problem instead of saying what is wrong with me?

Fertility drugs may cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) causing a buildup of fluid in the abdomen and chest. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, rapid weight gain (10 pounds within 3 – 5 days), decreased urination despite drinking plenty of fluids, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath. Mild cases can be treated with bed rest. More severe cases require draining of the fluid with a needle.  National Institute of Health

Nearly 75% of the 24 million Americans suffering from autoimmune disease are women, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA).  Women appear to mount larger inflammatory responses than men when their immune systems are triggered, thereby increasing their risk of autoimmunity.  The fact that sex hormones are involved is indicated by the fact that many autoimmune diseases fluctuate with hormonal changes such as those that occur during pregnancy, during the menstrual cycle, or when using oral contraceptives. A history of pregnancy also appears to increase the risk for autoimmune disease. Female Hormones and Autoimmune Disease – the Connection

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By Marcus Hondro
February 14, 2015

A recent study from India doesn’t prove Celiac disease causes infertility, but it shows a strong correlation between the two. Strong enough that infertile women should investigate it, researchers say.

Published in January in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and called “Celiac Disease in Women With Infertility: A Meta-Analysis,” the study looked at results of the many studies and found women diagnosed with an explained infertility were 3.5 times more likely to have also been diagnosed with celiac disease than women who had no trouble conceiving. That was based on examining three studies of 449 women in total.

They examined five other studies of 422 women with unexplained infertility and found those women six times more likely to have celiac disease. Dr. Govind Makharia, a professor at All India institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, one of the researchers, told Reuters in a story by reporter Lisa Rapaport that taking steps to treat celiac disease may be advisable.

“There isn’t strong evidence to say that celiac disease causes infertility,” he told Rapaport in an email. “But there are many anecdotal experiences where women with infertility have conceived after being diagnosed with celiac disease and put on a gluten free die


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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