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hnickol

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Hello All,

I have battled with infertility for the last three years and have been through many different medical treatments and procedures to be labeled with "unexplained infertility" My mother recently was diagnosed with gluten intolerance which lead me to start the diet about two months ago in the hopes to finally have an answer to why I haven't been able to get pregnant. I am amazed by the strange symptoms that I have had my entire life that are disappearing. I had no idea that everyone in the world didn't have loose stools after they ate, or stomach aches, or migraines, or brain fog, or boils, or dizzy spells. My blood test was negative, but as I am finding, that doesn't mean that I don't have an intolerance.

I am hoping for information about improving fertility........

Has anyone that struggled with infertility achieved a successful pregnancy after doing the diet?

What about improving ovulation without medical treatment?

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

-H

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Hello All,

I have battled with infertility for the last three years and have been through many different medical treatments and procedures to be labeled with "unexplained infertility" My mother recently was diagnosed with gluten intolerance which lead me to start the diet about two months ago in the hopes to finally have an answer to why I haven't been able to get pregnant. I am amazed by the strange symptoms that I have had my entire life that are disappearing. I had no idea that everyone in the world didn't have loose stools after they ate, or stomach aches, or migraines, or brain fog, or boils, or dizzy spells. My blood test was negative, but as I am finding, that doesn't mean that I don't have an intolerance.

I am hoping for information about improving fertility........

Has anyone that struggled with infertility achieved a successful pregnancy after doing the diet?

What about improving ovulation without medical treatment?

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

-H

I have not tried to get pregnant, however I can tell you that my amennorhea disappeared after 6 weeks on the diet. I went my entire life (from 13 to 30) with perhaps 10 periods in total. I now get a period approx every 4-6 weeks. The connection between celiac and amennorhea is still somewhat of a mystery and I am sure the infertility connection is as well.

The good thing is that my body responded positively to removing the gluten. The interesting thing is that I thought I'd cure the diarrhea after going gluten-free...the restoration of periods was a very nice surprise...even my doctor was astounded with how much damage and sensitive I am to the stuff.

I guess the only thing I can offer up here is that you be very carefull with the diet and hopefully it will all come together.

Good luck!


Diagnosed by my doctor on the basis of symptoms only (May 2005). My symptoms include:

-amenorhea (all my life)

-high prolactin levels

-major bloating ("Are you pregnant?")

-swollen ankles

-possible DH: had the rash on my elbows and scalp (gone now)

-joint pain

-childhood arthritis

-all dairy allergy

-dry skin

-fat in stool sample (no connection was made at the time...I was being tested for something else...When the doctor told me of the fat I replied by saying: "I eat alot of olive oil". DUH!!!!)

-mother is allergic to wheat

-ravenous appetite: I eat for 5 people

-light coloured stool

-pass stool 7 times a day sometimes

-hemorrhoids

-get the hiccups alot (not sure if this is related)

-some reflux

I'm sure there are more that I don't recall at the moment. SIGH.

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Hi,

I am not trying to get pregnant, but I can tell you that my fertility has improved since going off gluten (I have an ovarian cyst and can feel my egg pop-- it hadn't ovulated in months!) In talking to a doctor about this, he said that fertility improves dramatically after a body is healthy enough to have a child. Most likely it wouldn't be wise to get pregnant for 6-12 months (to allow full healing and to get the gist of going gluten free), but you should have a lot better luck conceiving very soon, IF gluten is the culprit.

Good luck!


Symptoms on and off my whole life

Major symptoms starting 2005

Zero blood antibodies

Gluten free with positive dietary response since April 2007

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I found out about celiac because when TTC I either couldn't get pregnant or when I did, I had a miscarriage. We were only TTC for a half a year - it will be a whole year in August so my heart goes out to you after three years! That being said there is hope! I went to a nutritionist who has me on several different supplements based on blood tests she did to see where I am deficient. I really researched this though and found one who actually knows about celiac and gluten free. Not only am I taking prenatals but I am also taking several other supplements like calcium and magnisium, B6 etc. Many people have recommened that I wait 6 months to a year to let my body heal and get better. I've been gluten-free for six months and still TTC in the meantime and nothing. Which is actually okay for now because I don't think I could handle figuring out what to eat when I'm craving a kit kat and 6 mos. pregnant. ;) i have heard that many women go on to conceive after going gluten free. remember that if the gluten free works, don't try to add gluten back into your diet esp. if you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding. good luck ttc! I hope the diet works for you. i know how hard it is to watch every one around you get pregnant "in the first month we tried" and not get discouraged but keep the faith that you will get there to!!!!


Diagnosed with Celiac Disease February 2007

Finally feeling better than ever!

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Hello All,

I have battled with infertility for the last three years and have been through many different medical treatments and procedures to be labeled with "unexplained infertility" My mother recently was diagnosed with gluten intolerance which lead me to start the diet about two months ago in the hopes to finally have an answer to why I haven't been able to get pregnant. I am amazed by the strange symptoms that I have had my entire life that are disappearing. I had no idea that everyone in the world didn't have loose stools after they ate, or stomach aches, or migraines, or brain fog, or boils, or dizzy spells. My blood test was negative, but as I am finding, that doesn't mean that I don't have an intolerance.

I am hoping for information about improving fertility........

Has anyone that struggled with infertility achieved a successful pregnancy after doing the diet?

What about improving ovulation without medical treatment?

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

-H

Hello!! I am also trying to get pregnant! When I went gluten-free my previously absent periods started to act normal, so that was a great sign! But I have not gotten pregnant yet. I do believe there is a corelation (sp?) between the two. I am confidant that I will get pregnant soon (my husband has been over seas for most of our marriage, so I am blaming it on THAT! :lol: ) But he is home now, and we are seriously trying.

Good luck to you! Hope we are both having babies really soon! :)


EnteroLab test positive for gluten intolerence and 2 gluten intolerence and celiac genes

DQ2 and DQ3 sub type DQ7 in December 2005

Gluten-free since Enterolab test, December 2, 2005.

Lame Advertisement Test positive for gluten intolerence in Sept 2005.

THEN found out that my fathers mother had nontropical sprue, she passed away at 40 from (stomach) cancer, had holes in her intestines when they caught it. I had no idea....

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The literature does make a connection between improved fertility prospects and a gluten-free diet. I am assuming you have ruled out male factor infertility. If not, you may want to consider a DNA fragmentation test for your husband. I believe this test is done in a lab in South Dakota and is fairly easy to do and is inexpensive. (http://www.scsadiagnostics.com/) It is much superior to traditional testing for male factor infertility.

Best of luck,

BTW I am not affiliated with SCSAdiagnostics.

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