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Testing & Diagnosis in Women

Testing & Diagnosis in Women

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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
  • 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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