No one wants to talk about their period, but why aren’t we discussing the impact it has on diabetes? Well, I’m here to break the silence! With each dia-versary, I realize something new about myself and how I differ from the average person. This includes my period – BUT it has never been discussed in my endocrinologist or OBGYN’s office unless I brought it up. Even then, there wasn’t literature or a site to visit to learn more so when I recognized a pattern it was time to take action. I came up a “Period Plan of Action” to follow each month so I won’t be at total T1D shitshow.
- About four days prior to staring my period it’s hard to keep my morning BG below 225.
- I test around 3am and give Novolog if above 225. Be careful, you don’t want to overcompensate while calculating half asleep.
- I up my 5:41am Lantus dosage a unit or two.
- Day one of my period I start to scale back on the Lantus.
- I have no idea what has shifted, but my body seems to become way more sensitive.
- By the fourth and final day of my period (yes ladies, I’m one of the lucky ones) I check my BG more often because it seems to plummet randomly at all times of the day or night. #walkingscienceproject
- I carry additional snacks with me when I head out for the day and be sure to stock my nightstand.
- I use a period tracker so I know when I’ll start. The period tracker app is amazing and is dead on within 24 hours. No more guessing and gives me a calendar to help me plan.
- When I crave crappy food, I allow myself one small block of organic dark chocolate a day. This is one of the only things in my life I seem to control in moderation.
This new “Period Plan of Action” has also sparked a few questions.
- Would my body do the same thing if I were on birth control?
- Would having a child alter things post child?
- How will everything go down when I go through menopause?
I would love to hear from the T1D community. Knowledge is power and it’s clear after chatting with a few T1D females recently that we’re not talking about it. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about so let’s get the dialogue started. We can save the youngsters a lot of diabetes stress if we share our personal “Period Plans of Action”.
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++Don’t forget to stock up those nightstands…++