Testing & Diagnosis in Women

Visit your doctor

Currently, there are no guidelines for celiac disease testing in patients with infertility, despite evidence that this autoimmune disease exists in 4% to 8% of women with unexplained infertility. If you have struggled with fertility difficulties, ask your doctor to be tested for celiac disease.

It is well-known that it is best to catch celiac disease as early as possible since the diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve a person's overall well-being.

Blood tests are the first step in a diagnosis of celiac disease. Your doctor should order one or more of a series of blood tests to measure the body's response to gluten.

Currently, recommended tests include:

  • Total IgA
  • IgA-tTG
  • IgA-EMA
  • If IgA is deficient, it is recommended that the IgG/IgA-DGP also be ordered. At the discretion of the doctor, IgG-AGA can also be ordered.

An Important Note about Celiac Disease Testing

It is of the utmost importance that you do not go on a gluten-free diet before getting tested. This can impact the testing results and you may receive an inaccurate test result. To learn more about celiac disease testing, visit www.BeyondCeliac.org/GetTested.

 

          

 

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