Along with royal jelly, accupuncture and any number of strange things said to enhance fertility, one of the hottest “trends” in fertility diets is going g-free. Amazingly, this trend might have some legs to stand on.
A few studies have been published linking gluten and infertility. One study of Italian women conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that the women who had celiac disease were nearly nine times more likely to experience amenorrhea (the absence of a menstrual period), and four times more likely to experience complications during pregnancy.
The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada is also apparently in on the secret, and warns that more women with celiac disease are infertile than non-celiac women (3.03% compared to 1.06%), and that 8% of women with unexplained infertility also have celiac disease.
The Gluten Doctors posted about another study that found that women with untreated celiac disease have higher miscarriage rates, increased fetal growth restriction and lower birth weights.
OK, I give! There’s a connection. So why isn’t more being done to screen for celiac or gluten “issues” when a woman presents with fertility issues?
The infuriating answer: Many Ob/Gyns and perinatologists don’t know about it.
For those interested in learning about going g-free, check out the natural foods section in your grocery story and some online sources like this one. And most important: Ask your doctor if gluten “issues” could be causing your digestive or fertility problems