Can coeliac disease cause infertility?

A rare case where a woman who had failed to conceive was found to have previously undiagnosed coeliac disease. After eight months of a gluten-free diet she managed to conceive.

Primary infertility as a rare presentation of celiac disease.

To report a case of a woman presenting with primary infertility who on investigation was found to have celiac disease and had a successful conception when on a gluten-free diet for a period of 8 months.

Case report.

Tertiary care university hospital.

A 30-year-old female patient with primary infertility.

Gluten-free diet.

Successful pregnancy.

On investigation she had microcytic hypochromic anemia and high titers of IgA tissue transglutaminase. Duodenal biopsy was done and histology was suggestive of celiac disease. The patient was put on gluten-free diet. Eight months later she had a successful conception.

We suggest that celiac disease should be checked in infertile patients of unexplainable etiology with anemia, as just changing their diet can solve their fertility problem.

Rajput R, Chatterjee S Fertil Steril May 25 2010


Click here for more research on coeliac disease



Top of page

If you found this article interesting, you will find many more general articles and research reports on coeliac disease here, and lots of information on the management of coeliac disease here.
You can also find articles and research reports on gluten intolerance here and articles on a wide range of other digestive conditions here.

For hundreds of gluten free foods see our freefrom food section here, and for nearly 800 gluten-free recipes see here.

And if you would like to get our FREE fortnightly e-newsletter with new products, recipes, articles and all the latest news from the allergy and freefrom world, just sign up here.