Increased Prevalence of Celiac Disease in Patients with Unexplained Infertility in the United States: A Prospective Study

Choi, Janet M.; Lebwohl, Benjamin; Wang, Jeff G.; Lee, Susie K.; Murray, Joseph A.; Sauer, Mark V.; Green, Peter H. R.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which can present with a variety of non-gastrointestinal manifestations. In women, it may manifest with an assortment of gynecologic or obstetric disorders. Some reports have linked female infertility with undiagnosed celiac disease. Though there are a number of studies from Europe and the Middle East, only two prior American studies have examined the prevalence of "silent" celiac disease in a female infertility population. We prospectively performed serologic screening for celiac disease in 188 infertile women (ages 25–39). While we did not demonstrate an increased prevalence of celiac disease in our overall infertile female population, we were able to detect a significantly increased prevalence (5.9%) of undiagnosed celiac disease among women presenting with unexplained infertility (n=51). Our findings suggest the importance of screening infertile female patients, particularly those with unexplained infertility, for celiac disease.


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Journal of Reproductive Medicine

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Obstetrics and Gynecology
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August 20, 2012