Celiac Disease and Male Infertility

What is Infertility?
Infertility can be defined as the inability of a man to impregnate a woman successfully after 12 months of trying. Male infertility can be caused by low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices and other factors may contribute to male infertility.

What is the Connection between Celiac Disease and Infertility?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition wherein the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten. Over time, due to the hyperactive immune system, the digestive tract can start getting affected from the inside. Research over the years has proven that there is a direct correlation between celiac disease and infertility. Couples or individuals with celiac disease have a higher propensity for infertility than those who don’t have the condition.

What is the Link Between Celiac Disease and Male Infertility?
Male infertility chances have been seen to increase with the increased incidence of celiac disease. This is caused by the reduced sperm motility caused by men with celiac disease. Also, men with celiac disease have a predisposition towards androgen resistance.

How Celiac Disease May Affect a Man’s Reproductive System?
Undiagnosed or untreated celiac disease is likely to impact a man’s reproductive system adversely. This is due to the hormonal imbalances in the body as a result of the disease and the abnormalities of sperm production. Androgen resistance is a common trait evidenced in men with celiac disease.

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