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Unexplained Fertility: Gluten or Celiac?

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Unexplained Fertility: Gluten or Celiac?

Celiac disease, also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is characterized by chronic intestinal malabsorption caused by intolerance to gluten. Gluten stimulates the immune system that results in increased permeability of the intestinal mucosa. This increased permeability can result in other grain and milk proteins to cross the intestinal mucosa, and cause the body to mount an immune response. It typically involves the small intestine and usually presents in the first 3 years of life, but it may reappear again with the average age of onset being 35-40 years. Some of the common signs and...

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Infertility Causes

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Infertility Causes

The following are some of the common causes infertility, and it is by no means an exhaustive list. Ovarian Insufficiency
 Declining ovarian function affects the total number of available follicles in the body, and that is what reduce the odds of conception. Although estrogen continues to be produced in the body the ovulation does not occur, which also leads to a decline of progesterone levels. Luteal Phase Deficiency In some women, ovulation may occur normally but the levels of progesterone during the luteal phase are insufficient. Even if the egg is fertilized, this progesterone deficiency...

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Caffeine Effects on Fertility

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Caffeine Effects on Fertility

Take a second to count the number of cups of coffee or black tea you drink a day. Now consider this: these caffeine-containing beverages have zero nutritional value. Caffeine is immensely addictive and found in chocolate, sodas and many over-the-counter medications. Caffeine can elevate the mood, energize, delay fatigue, and stimulate the central nervous system. It can also cause hands to tremor and the heart to palpitate. So, why is caffeine our national drug of choice? Caffeine feeds our cultural addiction to fast-paced lifestyles. There are numerous reports on this topic, all of which you...

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Thyroid Hormones Can Affect Fertility

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Thyroid Hormones Can Affect Fertility

Having low thyroid (hypothyroidism), or even suboptimal levels of thyroid hormones can lead to a myriad of issues. Some of the most common ones include menstrual abnormalities in women, and a loss of libido in men. Women with mild forms of hypothyroidism may have prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding, as well as a shorter menstrual cycle. Because thyroid hormones interact and directly affect estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol, infertility is often the result of the imbalanced endocrine system. In some women, even if pregnancy does occur, low thyroid can lead to miscarriages, or premature...

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Environmental Effects on Fertility

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Environmental Effects on Fertility

Where do the environmental toxins come from? They are all around us, and can directly affect our health and fertility. Some of the sources include the chemicals and hormone disruptors found in contaminated air, food, water, our homes, and the outdoors. We live in a toxic world. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has an estimated 65,000 known toxic chemicals catalogued in its databases. There are additional 1,500 applications that the Agency receives annually to manufacture new chemicals. Not to mention the numerous chemicals being released into the environment during the...

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