We came across this article, which discusses fertility issues in women with celiac disease and wanted to share.
Since the beginning of 2010, there have been 10 articles published about issues in fertility associated with celiac disease.
This particular study mentions that few gynecologists are aware of these issues. Which simply confirms how important celiac disease is and especially how important it is for people with a wide variety of health problems to get screened for celiac.
Excerpt from MedPageToday.com:
Women with celiac disease had significantly more problems related to fertility and pregnancy than a control group of women who did not have the condition, investigators reported here.
Patients with celiac disease had increased difficulty conceiving compared with controls (41.2% versus 36.5%, P=0.03), as well as more consultations with fertility specialists and higher rates of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and cesarean section.
Women with celiac disease also tended to have a shorter duration of fertility, marked by later onset of menarche and younger age at menopause, Stephanie M. Moleski, MD, said at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting.
“On the basis of this retrospective analysis, we have concluded that there is a relationship between celiac disease, fertility, and pregnancy outcomes, suggesting a need for increased awareness of this association among patients and physicians,” said Moleski, of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia.
Studies dating back more than 40 years have shown higher rates of menstrual abnormalities and pregnancy complications among women with celiac disease. However, inconsistency in the findings has led to continued investigation to determine the relationship between celiac disease and problems related to fertility and pregnancy.
Article Courtesy: Dr. Stephen Wangen