There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about coeliac disease and fertility as it is often suggested that gluten intolerance can be a hidden but common cause of fertility problems. Coeliac disease is a serious form of gluten intolerance, and it is concerns about this possible link with fertility problems that has led to suggestions that people who are having difficulty getting pregnant should consider cutting out gluten. The research carried out by a team from the University of Nottingham mentioned here previously seems to be in the news again after the team found that women who have coeliac disease do not seem to be more likely to seek medical help for problems conceiving.
The Nottingham team, led by Dr Nafeesa Dhalwani from the University’s Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, studied more than two million women to see whether there were links between coeliac disease and fertility and found that in most age groups there was no increased rate of fertility problems. The one anomaly was among women between the ages of 25 and 29 where those who’d been diagnosed with the illness were slightly more likely to seek medical help for fertility problems – but interestingly those who had coeliac disease but hadn’t been diagnosed didn’t show the same increase.
You can read more about the research, which has been published in the Journal Gastroenterology, here – http://www.nottingham.ac.uk