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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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Hi everyone. This is my first post, but I've been reading the boards for awhile. I think it is SO great to have some place to talk to people who are going thru the same things I am. And thanks for all the great advice on here. I just realized that even tho I've tried to be gluten-free for over a year, I'm still eating some things I shouldn't...and I didn't even know about cosmetic products!

Ok, so to my question...my downward spiral started with Depo birth control. (Anyone else?) The worst nightmare imaginable followed, but thanks to the Internet and mssg boards like this, I realized that eating gluten-free eliminated most of my problems. (Drs said I was crazy...was all in my head...birth control wouldn't do such a thing. Etc.)

So now I'm back to square one. Needing a birth control ('cause hubby and I aren't ready for kids until I'm done with law school) but I'm SO scared to re-live all that over again. Has anyone been thru this? Is it ok to try another birth control?

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Well, gluten and hormones go hand in hand.

Is depo the injected bc? Or a patch? Or? I'm assuming it alters your hormones to work. In which case the logical alternative would be a) barrier like condom and/or b)spermicide. You can get straight spermicide at the drugstore in a box and you put it in like a tampon, and you can use it w/o a condom. Obviously, you have to use it each time. ;)

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Sorry...depo is the shot you get once every 3 months. For awhile I thought it was evil, but now I realize it was just a trigger, not the total cause of my problem. *sigh* SO much easier to blame the drugs and hope there's another one out there to fix the problems the others caused.

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Unrelated to Celiac, I did have 2 friends who went on depo, and had horrible side effects...basically put them in menopause. :o There are so many things that can be a trigger to Celiac.

PS--If you really want to be gluten-free, you need to check your shampoos, face lotions, lipsticks. Even one small item like lipstick or chapstick that isn't gluten-free can hold you back. There are a lot of posts on products I can help you find.

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Injectables do not contain gluten so that's not the problem with the Depo. Try something else.

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I take Aviane, generic for Alesse. It is gluten-free.

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I am taking a generic brand of Ortho-Tri-Cyclen called Tri-Sprintec. Is this ok?

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