Our libido and sex life satisfaction can be disrupted by a number of conditions or life situations. One thing that might be to blame for a less than satisfactory sex life is gluten. Research shows that there’s a connection between sex drive, overall sexual satisfaction and gluten intolerance. A direct correlation between a low libido and untreated celiac disease has been identified according to a study conducted by the Department of Gastroenterology at Federico II University in Naples, Italy. Adults in the study had celiac disease that was untreated and reported less fulfillment with their sex lives and had sex significantly less often. After the participants followed a gluten-free diet, they experienced a higher sex drive.
Another study observed those who were diagnosed with celiac disease during childhood. Researchers found another connection between celiac disease and sexuality. They surveyed 195 adults who either followed a gluten-free diet for a little while after they were diagnosed, who went by the diet ever since diagnosis and who never followed the diet. Those in the group who never ate gluten-free reported the least interest in sex at 18 percent, compared to the gluten-free group at 13 percent.
The president and founder of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), Alice Bast explains that it’s difficult to feel sexy or want to have sex when you’re suffering from untreated celiac disease. You might experience symptoms such as depression, bloating, gas and fatigue. Your libido can be lowered because you feel self conscious about yourself. So, naturally you wouldn’t want to be with your partner intimately.
Celiac disease can also cause some major physical symptoms when undiagnosed and untreated. It’s important to note that sex drive connection is more than mental. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that causes malabsorption, making it very difficult to get necessary nutrition. Abnormality of hormones can be caused by nutritional deficiencies which affects one’s sex life. Thankfully, if this disease is diagnosed and treated with a gluten-free diet, a healthy sex life is possible. If you believe you may have celiac disease, speak with your doctor about getting tested. Self-diagnosis alone isn’t a good idea. There may be an underlying issue causing a low libido that needs to be diagnosed.