Research has revealed that undiagnosed celiac disease can impact a woman’s fertility. A study recently conducted by Danish researchers supports this and reports that women with undiagnosed celiac may be more prone to miscarriage or stillbirth than women who never develop the disease. In this study, researchers found that expectant women who were later diagnosed with celiac disease were 12% more likely to have a miscarriage and 62% more likely to have a stillbirth.
Study results suggest that women with unexplained fertility issues, especially those with a history of miscarriage or stillbirth, should be tested for celiac disease.
The study was published online in Human Reproduction.
Editor’s note: Women with celiac disease who are on a strict gluten-free diet are at normal risk for pregnancy complications.