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Natlay

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Has anyone else had problems with not getting a period for a very long time? I have not had one (except for when I was on the pill for a while) in quite a while. I know I'm at a low weight right now and that could be part of the problem, but I don't get it even after gaining some weight. I don't know if I ever want to have kids but I would at least like to have the option. Is this something that is common with celiac disease or should I be more worried and see the doctor about it?


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Natlay, it is quite common for people with celiac disease to have fertility issues, including not getting their period. Hopefully, once you recover and gain some weight, things will normalize. But it can't hurt to mention it to your doctor.


I am a German citizen, married to a Canadian 29 years, four daughters, one son, seven granddaughters and four grandsons, with one more grandchild on the way in July 2009.

Intolerant to all lectins (including gluten), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) and salicylates.

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I also have not gotten my periods in awhile and only get a withdrawl bleed on the pill. They just diagnosed me with premature ovarian failure, so you might want to check into if you have that.


Diagnosed 11-11-05 after 3 months of major symptoms, including 2 hospitalizations and 7 ER visits for dehydration and syncope. Otherwise, I had all "normal" blood tests and major scans. During those 3 months, lost 20 pounds, all my muscle tone, and ultimately could not walk for 2 days. Spent 6 days during the second hospitalization hooked up to IV and STILL passing out IN BED due to malnutrition with doctors staring at me AS IF it was all IN MY HEAD

Other related symptoms:

Osteopenia

Hypothyroidism

Gluten Ataxia - three "nodes" recently found in my brain (thought I had MS)

Muscle weakness

Fatigue

Chronic Constipation

45 pound weight gain since going gluten-free!

gluten-free since 11-11-05. Cannot eat bananas, potatoes, or spinach. Recently reintroduced yogurt into my diet and able to tolerate plain yogurt with sugar.

HATE the diet but psychologically tolerating it for my health.

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Has anyone else had problems with not getting a period for a very long time? I have not had one (except for when I was on the pill for a while) in quite a while. I know I'm at a low weight right now and that could be part of the problem, but I don't get it even after gaining some weight. I don't know if I ever want to have kids but I would at least like to have the option. Is this something that is common with celiac disease or should I be more worried and see the doctor about it?

Yep, i started to become very irregular (like i would go anywhere from 2-5 months without getting it) around the age of 21. When my husband and i wanted to plan our second child it took us almost a year to conceive her...but i have recently found that this was all linked to my body being low in vitamins. I recently remembered that once i started to take womens multi-vitamins, two months later i got pregnant. The malabsortion included all the necessary things my body needed to function properly...it's amazing to me now to know that i was having conceiving issues because something as simple as a lack of vitamins...i hope this helps ;)


Gluten Free...negative blood results...absolutely positive diet results.

Dairy Free...absolutely positive diet results.

Egg Free...there goes another one...absolutely positive diet results.

Allergic to Codeine.

"Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know which ones may have gluten in them:)"

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I am wondering whats up with my cycle as well. I wish you good luck and good health and hope you figure out what is going on.

I have been gluten-free since May and off the pill since Aug. My periods are really far apart and I am taking vitimins. I don't think I am technically underweight but have lost a little, only because I don't eat as many cupcakes and cookies (I think that's why anyway). I have been feeling good, but the weird cycle is questionable, I'm thinking unless when I pee on stick tomorrow there's a plus sign, I should probably go to a doctor and ask what the deal is.


Visit to the er 4.1.06

blood test, positive for celiac disease 4.6.06

Endoscopy/biopsy/last day of gluten 5.25.06

Misdiagnosed for 2 decades. :( Feeling great now :)

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I am wondering whats up with my cycle as well. I wish you good luck and good health and hope you figure out what is going on.

I have been gluten-free since May and off the pill since Aug. My periods are really far apart and I am taking vitimins. I don't think I am technically underweight but have lost a little, only because I don't eat as many cupcakes and cookies (I think that's why anyway). I have been feeling good, but the weird cycle is questionable, I'm thinking unless when I pee on stick tomorrow there's a plus sign, I should probably go to a doctor and ask what the deal is.

Have you ever considered trying FAM? (Check out the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler.) Charting your basal temp and other signs/symptoms during your cycle can give you information on what is going on, and provides your doctor with some detailed info for easier diagnosis & treatment.

Michelle

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I had irregular periods before diagnosis, but it went in the other direction. I'd have my period very heavy for two weeks straight, and then I'd get two weeks off before it came back in full force for another 2 weeks. My PMS symptoms were always severe, and I'd often have to stay home because even maximum absorbency tampons and pads weren't enough to slow it down enough for me to stand up for more than a few minutes at a time. At 15, the doctors needed to put me on the pill for hormone control (I was far from needing it for prophylactic purposes). After diagnosis though (when I was 24), I started getting normal periods after only a few months. It's nice to be normal now, but the PMS is still a killer if I don't use medicine. I have no idea what caused this, but I'm glad that it's back on track because I spent so much time anemic in the past.


Diagnosed July 2004

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Infertility can be caused by low Thyroid too - so you may want to check that out with your Dr. Make sure you get Antibodies tested. Hashimotos Thyroid is an autoimmune disease like Celiac and often they co exist.


Diagnosed May 2006 - Hashimotos Thyroid after being diagnosed in 1977 and told it didn't matter.

Diagnosed June 2006 with adrenal insufficiency.

Diagnosed June 2006 as Gluten Intolerant after I failed the Challenge Diet. Negative blood test.No biopsy.

Diagnosed June 2006 as B12 low. Needed weekly injections for a year.Still have them every 2 weeks.

Trialled Dairy Free Diet and reacted positively to that challenge in January 07.

News Flash! Coeliac Genetic Testing done April 08 . DQ2 Positive !

Diagnosed July 2010 FODMAP. Limits on Fructose, lactose, polyols, fructans. NO ONION! But I can have hard cheese, butter and cream again!!!

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Has anyone else had problems with not getting a period for a very long time? I have not had one (except for when I was on the pill for a while) in quite a while. I know I'm at a low weight right now and that could be part of the problem, but I don't get it even after gaining some weight. I don't know if I ever want to have kids but I would at least like to have the option. Is this something that is common with celiac disease or should I be more worried and see the doctor about it?

I am now 35 with 2 kiddos, but had a very very irregular period for most of my youth (I would go months (read 10-12) without one. I was regular when I was on the pill too - but as soon as I went off it, I never got my period. We tried off and on for 2 years for a baby. I did have big issues with infertility with my first daughter, but with a lot of assistance of fertility drugs, was able to get pregnant finally. That was about 4 years ago. When I finally weaned her, I became very regular - and was able to get pregnant with my son rather quickly. I did use TOni WExler's book (someone else in this thread recommended it). I am not a confirmed celiac, but do think gluten intolerance had something to do with it...the female body is incredibly intuitive and very sensitive to what it perceives as inadequate environments for a fetus. Gaining weight might help you, but don't necessairily expect it to...you might want to see a physician to have them help you bring down your period (with progesterone) and if that doesn't work, they will probably check your thyroid, check you for premature menopause - all the fun stuff. Its best to know...before you get too far along. Also, remember that periods are there for a reason - it is important to shed the lining every month - if you are not, it can build up and a d&c might be in order to clean it out (that happened to me as well). SO, I guess I would recommend going to a doc - just to be sure all is okay. Good luck!

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I had infertility issues and irregular periods my whole life. I had two late pregnancy losses and saw a reproductive endocrinologist, who diagnosed me with polycystic ovarian syndrome because of the appearance of a lot of small pearl-like cysts on my ovaries. His information was so much more helpful and accurate than my OB's, so I would recommend a reproductive endo very much.

Here is a site about PCOS - www.soulcysters.com


Elaine 40

Diagnoses

Possible leaky gut

Wheat/gluten intolerance

Milk intolerance

Sugar intolerance

POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)

dysautonomia

rectal spasm/proctalgia fugax?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome

endometriosis

adenomysosis

multiple chemical sensitivity

infertility

two second trimester miscarriages

Family history

Mother with B12 deficiency, neurologic symptoms, tachycardia and early-onset dementia (has a terrible doctor who told her all these things are from anxiety)

Sister with multiple sclerosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome

Son with asthma, allergies, hyperactivity

Niece in remission from leukemia/asthma

Niece with polycystic ovarian syndrome

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Fertility issues and irregular periods are how I ended up self diagnosing. I had been irregular all my life and I had to use fertility drugs to get pregnant with my first daughter. After giving up wheat I was able to concieve normally with my second daughter. Still not 100% regular, but by charting my temperature I was able to concieve in 3 months.

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