10% of couples experience infertility without any apparent cause
Over recent years, experts have been faced with the challenge of exposing the causes of hidden infertility. One line of research has looked into food intolerance and its effect on fertility.
Eating certain foods that people are intolerant to can sometimes lead to chronic inflammation that triggers a response from the immune system. This response can occasionally be extreme and damaging for egg maturation. Intolerance can often result in poor metabolic absorption, causing a deficiency in vitamins that are vital for foetal development. At the same time, it can also lead to a decrease in the chances of embryo implantation, recurrent miscarriage or stunted embryo growth inside the womb.
For these and other reasons, food intolerance must be taken into account when addressing and promoting fertility. We have seen how it can affect female fertility, but food intolerance also affects male fertility. Research conducted on celiac men shows that 50% had hypogonadism and sperm parameters below the norm.
While the effects are numerous, the solution is quite simple. Usually, just by eliminating one or two foods from our diet, the side effects damaging the body and also fertility can be stopped.
Recent studies worldwide show that 50% of the population in Western countries experience food intolerance, although only 20% are aware of it. Intolerance symptoms may go unnoticed because we are used to them, and because they do not constitute a serious problem. Research shows that 8% of couples who experience infertility without any apparent cause are affected by celiac disease.
Of all food intolerances, new research suggests that celiac disease is prevalent in a high percentage of women who experience fertility problems without diagnosis. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease related to gluten which sometimes activates antibodies in the gut. Many women who suffer from celiac disease, usually without knowing that they are affected, can experience repeated miscarriage and failed implantation. Uncontrolled reactions that activate the immune system could be behind failed pregnancy. The solution, however, is straightforward. A large number of women who eliminate gluten from their diet find that they can go on to achieve pregnancy without further complications.
At ProcreaTec we have been advocating healthy diet for a long time. We encourage people affected by infertility to visit our nutritionists to ensure dietary balance before starting treatment. A change in diet can result in an increase of reproductive potential.