/Gluten intolerance and Fertility By Norah Brasington
By Norah Jane Brasington|2019-03-14T12:18:34+00:0006/11/2018|
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Gluten intolerance and Fertility By Norah Brasington

When I see clients for Reflexology at my clinic, stress is usually the primary reason that people come. I always look at diet and lifestyle factors as well to see if changes can be made to increase their chances of conception. Infertility is a growing problem. It affects as many as 1 in 6 couples. Imagine if we could decrease those numbers by increasing the awareness of gluten intolerance. I recently saw a client who had been struggling to conceive a second child. In her endeavours to see what she could do to enhance her chances she decided to improve her diet and lifestyle she researched some of the digestive problems she was experiencing and discovered that she was gluten intolerant. Being gluten intolerant myself, and have been for many years I decided to look into how much research has been done on this in recent years. 30 years ago it wasn’t really recognised; in fact my own doctor wasn’t any help at all so I sought help from a homeopath. It seems that not much has changed so you have to trust your ‘gut feelings’ and seek professional help outside the doctor’s surgery. Can Gluten sensitivity be contributing to your infertility and other obstetrical and gynaecological problems? Wouldn’t it be great if patients that presented with reproductive disorders were screened for Gluten sensitivity before they undergo any medical treatments?

Gluten Free Society’s Stance:

In 1997 it was estimated that more than 6 million people had fertility problems. According to the CDC, the number is on the rise with more than 7 million people affected in 2009.

Ask any farmer, and they will tell you that the animal’s diet is extremely important for reproduction success. Ask most doctors about the impact that nutrition has on fertility and you will be told that nutrition doesn’t make much difference. Why is that? Simple – Nutrition is not taught in medical school.
Fertility doctors focus on non-natural means to induce pregnancy – from the use of hormones to implantation of petri-dish fertilized eggs. We know that children born of couples with fertility problems have a higher incidence of allergies, asthma, developmental problems. This issue poses serious ethical concerns about non-natural treatment options. Is it right to artificially induce pregnancy when the body won’t conceive by natural means? How will this in turn impact the health of the new baby?

We know that the two most common causes of infertility are pelvic inflammatory disorders (PID) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Both have been linked to gluten sensitivity. Additionally, gluten intolerance can contribute to low sperm count and low motility in men. Screening for celiac disease, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (AKA – gluten syndrome) should be the top priority in infertile couples. Focusing on nutritional deficiencies should also be a priority as 100’s of studies have been published on the impact of vitamin and mineral deficiency on foetal development and health outcomes of newborns.

The causes of infertility should be better investigated on a case by case basis before inducing pregnancy. If the soon to be parents are not healthy enough to conceive, how can they in turn nourish a new life?

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