Menstrual Cycles, Hormones and Diabetes!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-01-20 21:53:39 -0600
Started 2012-09-12 21:23:01 -0500


I never knew that women with diabetes can experience issues during their monthly menstrual cycle.

Have you ever wondered whether or not diabetes has an effect on your menstrual cycle?
If so, click on the links below for more information:

Here is a very informative video on this subject:

I now have a new found respect for women and their menstrual cycle, especially those who have diabetes.

I wish for all of you women, love, understanding and nothing but the best!


16 replies

Ms. DAT 2012-09-13 15:05:26 -0500 Report

Now I know that i am not along because I just have took some time to read one article and it was just what I've been experiencing over 15 years.

I agree with Anne and I was hospitalized for a blood sugar that registered at 800.

One hospital meter registered in urgent care as" Critical" then I was transferred by ambulaance to an E.R. when I found out it was 800 hundred but I know that it went down before it was measured and my personal meter registered as" Hi" I know the elevations are hormonal so I have to really monitor my self around that time of month and even BP rises.
Some doctors understand while some others don't have a clue as to how to treat women with Insulin Resistance and it's frustrating, however, I thankful since my recent visitation to the E.R. that a doctor took concern for me and made me an appointment to a new medical group so now I am overall generally doing better.
That middle aged E.R. doctor looked at my A1C and couldn't figure out how I was still alert! I gave him my long history as he listened with patience and it brings tears to my eyes when he said," I don't want you to fall through the cracks" He treated me and sent me home from the ER my BSwas still over a little over 300m my point is that he understood the effect of PCOS and me.

I didn't know that I living on the edge of life and I didn't feel sick in March 2012 , I still drove and I walked in the first hospital for a Diabetic class of which I didn't attend. The head nurse of the Diabetic clinic took a a good look at me and urged me to see my primary or go to urgent care and that is how I ended up at two hospital's in one night I went home first ate and slept then later I went because the ER was overcrowded with other sick people that looked worse than I.

Thanks for the information.!! This is the first time that I have shared this experience on any social community. Thanks for all of you who take the time to read my brief testimonial !!!!

I am in happy tears now, talk to yawl later!!

annesmith 2012-09-16 02:37:37 -0500 Report

I'm so relieved I am not the only one..thank you! For years , since age 12, I am now 42 years old, I too experienced the same thing. I have no idea what it will be like when we are in our 50s, 60s, and 70s. I have noticed that right after my time of the month, my blood pressure drops radically lower, and my blood sugar drops an average of 180 to 220 points. On bad months, the range is even wider…almost astounding in a way. ANNE

Ms. DAT 2012-09-20 12:09:36 -0500 Report

Yes Anne it is a relief to know that you are not alone. I was thirty something when I really ran into PCOS via another website. I broke down. All I can say is that every day of our lives are already planned and I believe that we can do all we can do to Live Life. However, if I don't do all I can to manage Diabetes then it will shorten my days. I know of some Diabetics who didn't take the condition serious. So with guidance from the Almighty then we can Live Long!!!

MAYS 2012-09-14 15:39:12 -0500 Report

We are all glad that you have received the care that you needed!
Take care of yourself and do not be either afraid, or ashamed to tell your story, your experience(s) may prompt others to seek the medical attention and care that they may need, doing so may mean the difference betweel life and death for some.


annesmith 2012-09-13 01:48:21 -0500 Report

Yes, I knew years ago ( I am 42 years old now) that for me, my blood sugars soared extremely high 10 days before my monthly. To this day, there is a huge huge surge of high blood sugars that I get every month..the older I get , the harder it is on me. In fact, about half a dozen times, over the last 10 years, I ended up in the emergency room from the serious high blood sugars I get during this time. ANNE

MAYS 2012-09-14 15:49:02 -0500 Report

What does your doctor say about that, does he/she worry about that?

annesmith 2012-09-16 02:28:59 -0500 Report

The doctors I have had were worried about it. When I was 13 years old, I was borderline anorexic, and it cut my period short permanently. I regret, to this day doing some of the crazy things I did as a teenager. I have not had a regular doctor for 4 years, but am getting closer and closer to finding one. Another doctor said I am severely insulin deficient, so, when my body starts preparing for another monthly, my pancreas is way overworked…it makes sense. I only have a monthly for 2-4 days every month, but my body goes into complete overdrive 10 days before it, and then some more. ANNE

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-12 23:30:51 -0500 Report

Mays if I had known some of this odds are I would probably not be diabetic today.

MAYS 2012-09-13 00:49:19 -0500 Report

Some of these facts are very interesting.
A thinktank discussion on this subject among females of all ages on this subject would be very interesting.

GabbyPA 2012-09-12 22:06:21 -0500 Report

These articles really opened up a new venue of discussion with my step-daughter. I think if women knew about this, they might have a warning sign YEARS before diabetes sets in. I know it might have helped me. Great info!