Infertile due to gluten intolerance?

"In around 30% of all couples, no tangible cause for their unfulfilled desire for children can be found," reports Dr. med. Corinna Mann, Senior Physician at the Kinderwunschzentrum Goldenes Kreuz. "A connection between gluten intolerance and unexplained sterility has been suspected for some time. Now, the scientific evidence is available. " A recent meta-analysis by an Italian research team shows that women who can not have children five times more likely to suffer from gluten intolerance than the rest of the population. In women with repeated miscarriages, the sensitivity to gluten protein occurs six times more frequently. Around 20% to 50% of sufferers have no classic symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, anemia or tiredness – incompatibility therefore remains unrecognized for years. Corinna Mann therefore rates the results as very relevant: "The study shows that gluten intolerance may exist even without common symptoms and still have a significant influence on fulfilling a desire to have a baby."

How do you recognize a gluten intolerance?

The clinical symptoms of gluten intolerance can be very different. Therefore, it is often referred to in professional circles as a "chameleon of gastroenterology" and often very late or not recognized.Most sufferers may have the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, bloating, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, but also: insomnia, Tiredness, depression, muscle weakness or migraine can be signs or, interesting for our area, cycle disturbances, reduced sexual function and infertility, and simple blood sampling can be used to test for specific antibodies that are indicative of gluten intolerance.Cellisibility is neither the sensitivity nor the autoimmune disease of celiac disease However, a gluten-free diet can reduce discomfort and reduce health risks.The Kinderwunschzentrum Goldenes Kreuz has included the blood test as standard in its preliminary examinations.

How can celiac disease cause miscarriages?

Dr. Mann emphasizes in advance: "This is a very complex question, there are several theories that have not yet been proven." "Gluten intolerance leads to an immune reaction in the body, antibodies are formed that may also target the uterine lining and embryo, and it is believed that it also produces antibodies that target the placenta and impede the implantation of the embryo. Furthermore, the antibodies could inhibit vascular neovascularization and interfere with embryo implantation into the uterus, which could lead to an increased incidence of miscarriage in women with gluten intolerance, which would also explain the lower birth weight in infants. "

What does a celiac diet look like?

Gluten-free diet: Say, abandonment of wheat, rye, barley, oats, etc., all foods that contain gluten, such as flour, semolina, breadcrumbs, pasta and products made from it: bread, pastry, breaded meat, fish, pizza, noodles, Dumplings, cakes, pies, etc. "The diet must be maintained for a lifetime," says dr. Man.

Senior Physician Corinna Mann, Kinderwunschzentrum Goldenes Kreuz