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Fer lity challenges are so uniquely painful. There is the tremendous anguish of living with the uncertainty that comes with each a empt at concep on and the sadness with each unwanted period that comes. There are the feelings of inadequacy, and the aching bi er sweetness of mee ng your friends' and sisters' babies that they seemingly pop out while you suffer, feeling alone, with a sense of wan ng. There's the stress that enters the marriage and makes sex outcome- based, rather than juicy and pleasurable. It's also o en a long, expensive, me-consuming hormonal roller coaster of fer lity treatments, doctor's appointments, tests, and procedures. If you are struggling with fer lity challenges right now, this ar cle may offer an op on you hadn't considered. While there are numerous reasons for fer lity problems, one that is almost always overlooked by conven onal fer lity specialists, and that is easy to take into your own hands, is gluten intolerance. A recent study found that undiagnosed celiac disease may be the reason for "all cause" infer lity in 3.5% of women, and unexplained infer lity in 5.9% of women. It is possible that the rates are quite a bit higher, because celiac is so o en under diagnosed. Another study found that women undergoing fer lity treatments had an increased success when they removed gluten from their diets. Some Things You Might Want to Know & While these studies were done looking at celiac disease, which most of us do not have in the full-blown form, many people are walking around with gluten intolerance – which day in and day out in my clinical prac ce I see causing the same spectrum of health problems as celiac disease. The Latest Data on Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerance New research data shows us 5 things about celiac disease, and its li le cousin gluten intolerance: 1. Celiac disease is dras cally under diagnosed. So is gluten intolerance. 2. It may be causing many more health problems than we previously realized. 3. Our current standard tes ng methods are not adequate for detec ng celiac disease; so many people go undiagnosed who have it. So while ge ng posi ve tests back gives you a definite diagnosis, normal tests don't mean you don't have celiac. So tes ng is probably not necessary at this me. 4. A substan al number of people have "subclinical" or "silent" celiac disease – there are no obvious or typical signs of diges ve problems – and fer lity problems may be the first me a gluten problem shows up. 5. Celiac can show up for the first me at any age — and again, fer lity problems may be the first sign! Page 58 | Abby's Magazine -

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