Celiac Disease and Infertility

What is Infertility?

Infertility is the inability of a woman or man to contribute to conception. Many experts define infertility as not being able to get pregnant after at least one year of trying. Women who are able to get pregnant but then have repeat miscarriages are also considered to be infertile. Nearly 6.7 million women in the US have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term.

What is the Connection between Celiac Disease and Infertility?

  • Over the last 10 years, several studies have found conflicting results when looking at the link between celiac disease and infertility
  • Several studies have found that women with undiagnosed celiac disease may have issues with fertility, while others have shown that there is no increased risk of infertility
  • Some researchers have found that the prevalence of celiac disease in women with unexplained fertility is higher than the general population
  • Many celiac disease experts recommend that women with unexplained infertility be screened for celiac disease
  • Men with celiac disease may have gonadal dysfunction, which could complicate fertility issues
  • It is not known if the nutritional issues (malabsorption) that occurs with untreated celiac disease may cause reproductive issues, or if the immune system may be to blame

Where Can I Learn More?

Do you or a family member suffer from infertility? You may have celiac disease. Find out now. Take our Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist.

 

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