Fertility and pregnancy affected by bowel health

Fertility and pregnancy affected by bowel health

Bowel health has an immediate, lasting and significant impact on all aspects of fertility and pregnancy.

Dr Stephanie M. Moleski of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia looked over 1,000 different women - 473 with physician-diagnosed celiac disease (intolerance to wheat and gluten-containg foods and drinks) and 560 without celiac disease. 

The researchers found that women with celiac disease:

  1. Had a shorter duration of fertility
  2. A later onset of menarche
  3. A younger age at menopause
  4. Increased difficulty conceiving
  5. More fertility issues
  6. More consultations with fertility specialists
  7. Fewer children
  8. Higher rates of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and cesarean section 

This confirms many different studies dating back more than 40 years, showing higher rates of menstrual abnormalities and pregnancy complications among women with celiac disease.

How do you cure celiac disease?  Stop eating foods containing gluten and then rebuild your gut health with a vastly improved plant-based wholefood diet.  

Study by Moleski SM, et al “Infertility and pregnancy outcomes in celiac disease” as presented to the American College of Gastroenterology Conference in Las Vegas 2012; Abstract 15.  As reported by MedPage Today on October 23, 2012. 

Posted: Tuesday 20 November 2012