Gluten and Fertility


After my first consult with my fertility specialist (previously mentioned DoC/Acupuncturist), she confirmed something that I had read over the previous few days: Gluten can be a cause of infertility and miscarriages.
Now, I’m not saying that no one who eats gluten can have a baby.  Of course they can!  
Quick Side Rant: It never ceases to amaze me how when you tell people what you are or are not doing in order to try to have a baby someone always says some asinine thing like “Our parents generation drank and smoke even while pregnant and look at us.” Or “People in Asia eat soy everyday and they don’t have problems reproducing.” As though some minority or majority being able to do something and still have a healthy baby should be an example to ME that I can do those things. 
Guess what?  Crackheads have babies!  That doesn’t mean it’s ok to be on drugs while TTC/pregnant. I digress. 
I am saying, however, that studies show about 10% of the population has some form of gluten sensitivity and it’s estimated that over 90% of those cases go undiagnosed. Sometimes diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or the gluten sensitivity is too small to fall under the Celiac’s Disease or Gluten Allergy that it’s dismissed.
Is it possible that this is the infertility culprit for many women?  I don’t know.
Gluten is known to cause inflammation and inhospitable mucus in a regular body.  In a gluten sensitive body it can cause eczema, irritable bowels and digestive problems. In some studies, it’s been linked to pelvic inflammatory disorders (PID) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). In bodies with Celiac’s it can cause    “delayed menarche, secondary amenorrhea, a higher percentage of spontaneous abortions, anemia and hypoalbuminemia.” (Gluten Free Society.)
In my case, I was diagnosed with a mild form of IBS two years ago and had no idea that the cause could have been gluten sensitivity.  
I’m going Gluten Free in hopes that it helps my fertility.  Would you?

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