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Old 02-26-2007, 09:41 AM   #1
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Celiac Disease + Menstruation Problems?

I was fairly recently diagnosed with celiac disease - a little over a year ago - things have been going MUCH BETTER, but are still new to me.

The only thing is, about two years ago, when I was 18, I stopped getting my period. I am now 20 and I am STILL not getting my period. I have tried going on hormones, getting pelvic ultrasounds, etc, and everything appears normal. I was just wondering, could there be a connection between menstruation and celiac disease?

I know that may sound ridiculous, but my doctors are REALLY stumped and I'm SO frustrated!

 
Old 02-26-2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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Re: Celiac Disease + Menstruation Problems?

It is not uncommon for undiagnosed Celiac's or Celiac's who do not strictly follow the gluten free diet, to not have a period. This is bc a celiac eating gluten is blocking thier intestines from absorbing nutrients. If your body doesnt have enough nutrients, you wont have a period. So your body may just need time to build the nutrients back up. Are you following the gluten free diet and making sure you arent getting cross contamination?

 
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Old 02-26-2007, 03:57 PM   #3
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Re: Celiac Disease + Menstruation Problems?

Thanks for your reply.

Yes, I am following the diet/lifestyle very closely. I know my body wasn't getting all the vitamins I needed (hair loss, brittle nails for instance) but things seem to be back to "normal". (I am not underweight either...)

Oh well, I am not asking for anyone to solve my mystery, haha, just wondered if anyone heard/knew of a connection between the two.

I'm going to try going back on birth control and hopefully see what happens. CROSSING MY FINGERS! because I'm really getting worried!

 
Old 02-26-2007, 08:33 PM   #4
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Re: Celiac Disease + Menstruation Problems?

It very well could be that your body just hasnt gotten all of its nutrients back and stored up. Good luck!

 
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