Testing & Diagnosis in Women
A 2018 study, published in the journal, Human Reproduction, shows how critical it is for physicians to consider undiagnosed celiac disease when a woman has reproductive problems.
Evidence has shown 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
- 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.