Celiac Disease and it’s Connection to Miscarriage and Infertility

Celiac Disease and Miscarriage

Celiac Disease has become a cause of unexplained infertility or recurrent miscarriages for some women. Women with infertility and recurrent miscarriages have tested positive for Celiac disease-related antibodies which is ten times higher than the normal population. Celiac Disease is a disease of the digestive tract and there is not much awareness amongst fertility specialists about the disease however this is slowly changing. Hopefully we can share some insight on this disease to help give women who have recurrent miscarriages some much needed answers.

What is Celiac Disease and how is it Diagnosed?

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. , caused by a reaction gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. Once you are diagnosed with Celiac and you remove Gluten from your diet your digest tract will start to heal and nutrition will be able to be absorbed and symptoms of the disease will start to subside.

In order for tests to be accurate you need to continue eating gluten while the tests are done. It is important not to cut out gluten as many make the mistake and the true result cannot be pinpointed. The first step would be some blood tests for antibodies that your doctor might order. If the antibody tests come back positive, your doctor will probably order a biopsy of the lining of the small intestine, to check for the autoimmune response.

Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
  • Iron-Deficiency Anaemia
  • Constipation
  • Depression

Foods to avoid when trying to manage Celiac Disease

  • Wheat, semolina and durum
  • Rye
  • Barley

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