New studies have found a link between undesired and unexplained sterility as well as repeated stillbirths and gluten intolerance.
A recent study by an Italian research group showed, that women with idiopathic sterility are five times more likely to suffer from gluten intolerance than the remaining population. Moreover, in the case of women who have experienced repeated stillbirths, sensitivity to the gluten protein is six times higher.
Coeliac disease is the most common autoimmune disease worldwide. Approximately 1% of the population are affected and women are twice as likely to be affected as men. Specifically, the disease manifests as intestinal inflammation caused by an immune reaction to the gluten protein. The most common symptoms are stomach aches and diarrhoea. However the recent study also shows, that irregular cycles or infertility can be caused by coeliac disease.
A gluten free diet can help
The study shows that gluten intolerance can have a significant influence on fertility, even if the usual symptoms are absent. Approximately 20 to 50% of affected individuals did not suffer from typical symptoms such as diarrhoea, illness, anaemia or fatigue. Fortunately, a gluten free diet can elevate fertility levels to those normally associated with a given age group.
Our institute can test patients for gluten intolerance
A simple blood test taken during a preliminary exam as part of an initial conversation, can detect specific antibodies which indicate a gluten intolerance. To promote a wholesome therapy we recommend, that affected patients lead a gluten free diet to avoid complications and thereby support the treatment.
It is possible that you may be affected by gluten intolerance, but have no obvious symptoms. However, your fertility may be reduced. Affected women can achieve a normal fertility rate appropriate to their age group by eating a gluten free diet. Our nutrition adviser Ms Johanna Wolf, MSc will gladly help you.
Nutrition advice to cope with gluten intolerance
Personal nutrition advice includes an assessment of your current state of health, after which a personal therapy plan is produced. You will also receive simple to follow, valuable advice to help you fulfil your wish for a child. Recipes for gluten-free cooking, both for daily meals as well as parties or even barbecues will be included.
Enjoy a wholesome, gluten-free nutrition. Correct nutrition contributes to your general wellbeing and helps the cells in your intestinal lining recuperate. As a result, an improvement of many chronic or autoimmune diseases can be achieved. Discover new foods and experience how to make quick, delicious meals from them. I will support you with clear and helpful advice on your journey to becoming a mother.