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I am hopeing that someone can help relieve my worries. I dont dont have celiac disease ( but only had blood tests done).. but I am gluten intolerant.. says my doctor.. I have been on a gluten free diet for a long time and am starting IUI in less then 2 weeks, with help of clomid and tummy shots... yesterday I accidently had Gluten.. I had Rice Dream without realizing it has .002% Barley Protien.. I know thats not much.. I know Gluten in a system that is intolerant can cause fertility issues.. Do you think that is enough for me to worry about??? I did not have a reaction that I could tell.. and I only had one cup ( 250ml) Am I freaking out for no reason?? Does it only cause problems in TTC when you are eating gluten regularly?

Thanks so much!

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Hi and Welcome to the board :)

While regularly consuming gluten, as you know, would be compromising, I would expect that an accidental glutening of such a small amount would not set you back. We all get glutened from time to time, unfortunately.

So, relax. ;) There are many, many worse things that you could have done.

Now you know to stay away from the evil Rice Dream :ph34r:

Take care, and I hope you stick around.

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While I'm sure each person's body is different, you may want to know that I personally went gluten-free (err..mostly free) Sept 2nd in an attempt to improve my fertility after being diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance and having 6 years of infertility.

After 4 weeks on the diet, I am pregnant! And yes, once a week I cheated. I recall having one single piece of pizza one week, and accidentally ate croutons on a restaurant salad another week. Yes, each time I had bowel problems the next day. But yet I still got pregnant after 6 years of infertility!

While it's hard to try to apply one person's results to another, I'm hoping I can at least soothe your fears somewhat :)

Good Luck hun!

Angela :P

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Hi Meigha,

I'm so sorry that you've been struggling with fertility problems.

Although I'm also intolerant to gluten, have a severe case of autoimmune hypothyroidism (which I'm pretty sure I've had since I was a teenager), and lost a pregnancy at 17 weeks, I also have two living children who were born before and after the loss. I know it's really hard and depressing to think about these things when you just want to have a child so badly... but these problems are not necessarily a death sentence. Even when it seems like the deck is really stacked against you, some treatments and pregnancies have a happy outcome.

Besides the gluten intolerance, do you know if there are any other contributing factors? Unfortunately, there are so many things that can cause infertility... low sperm count, short luteal phase, endometriosis, fibroids, low levels of estrogen or progesterone, PCOS... I think you just have to trust that you're doing the best you can. I know that's easier said than done. :(

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DO NOT CHEAT! I used to cheat, and it wasn't worth it. For me know, if i accidentily get "glutened" (as my husband and I like to call it) it takes 2 weeks to revocer fully from teh stomach discomfort and extreme exhaustion. I would suggest waiting to weeks for your body to heal.

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It takes me several weeks to recover from my gluten experiences and from what I have read, the damage in your body can take even longer to heal. (months?) Often people have intestinal villi damage without obvious symptoms, but it is hard to tell how much gluten will affect someone, since everyones' tolerances are different. For me, I swear I have a reaction if I walk into a pizza place and SMELL the pizza. : )

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