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PCOS & B12 Deficiency & Coeliac Disease

My 2 daughters were diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in their 30s last year. Their anti-bodies are now 0. The Gluten free diet is spot on. However they both have had odd periods. Very heavy & painful to very light and lasting a few days. Have been scanned and have multiple cysts. Are being tested for testosterone & insulin resistance to check for poly cystic ovaries. I'd like to know as I have B12 deficiency could this be the same problem in them and be making their periods erratic and causing no ovulation? I know 1 in 4 women have PCOS. Yet it seems strange they have this problem after going gluten free. Both are severely deficient in vitamin D due to the Coeliac Disease and are taking tablets and having injections to boost this.

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Hi Irene,

Re:"B12 deficiency could this be the same problem in them and be making their periods erratic and causing no ovulation?" Yes B12 def can cause reversable infertilety, and they may well have other problems with absorbing vitamins etc, best bet is to have B12 tested...

I hope this helps,

Marre.

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