Can Gluten Cause Infertility?Gluten is a scientifically known hormone disruptor, and we also know that it can contribute to problems with conception. A recent research study shed even more light on this topic. Doctors identified that women with gluten problems had much higher rates of unexplained infertility (infertility with no other known cause) recent study demonstrated increased rates of celiac disease in women who present with unexplained infertility. The study evaluated 191 female patients.
Among the 188 patients who completed testing, the prevalence of undiagnosed celiac disease was 2.1%. While this rate was not significantly higher than the expected 1.3%, the diagnosis of celiac disease in women with unexplained infertility was found to be significantly higher at 5.9% (3 of 51 women). Interestingly, all 4 patients found to have celiac disease conceived within a year of diagnosis.
Resource:Choi JM, et al. Increased prevalence of celiac disease in patients with unexplained infertility in the United States. J Reprod Med. 2011 May-Jun;56(5-6):199-203.
Symptoms of Gluten Induced MalabsorptionIt is common knowledge that gluten can cause malabsorption of vitamins and minerals by damaging the gastrointestinal tract. What is less commonly known are the side effects related to the nutritional deficiencies. For example, when celiac disease causes calcium deficiency, the symptoms can manifest in the following ways:
- Muscle spasms
- High blood pressure
- Bone loss
- Hormone suppression
- Memory loss
- Low thyroid levels