Coeliac disease and fertility again…

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 –

Gluten and infertility

We’re often told that there are links between gluten-intolerance and infertility, but a new study looking at a large number of women suggests that actually those who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease (a condition where sufferers have a reaction to gluten) are no more likely to have a fertility problem than anyone else. There was one odd anomaly in the findings though as in the group of women who were diagnosed with coeliac disease between the ages of 25 and 29, there was actually a higher number of women who had clinically reported fertility problems.

I’m not sure I can see any logical reason why this should be – but if you’re interested in knowing more the study was published in the Journal Gastroenterology – and you can find details here