advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From San Pedro Sula, Honduras:

I am 23 years old, Type 1. I was diagnosed a year and a half ago. That year, I visited the gynecologist because I had amenorrhea (no periods). The gynecologist prescribed Provera and estrogen [female sex hormone medications] at the university infirmary. The gynecologist then referred me to an endocrinologist who said that I was probably missing my periods because I was very underweight (92-95 pounds) and should weigh 105-110. Well, about 15 days after that (on Thanksgiving Day) I ended up in the emergency room, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The endocrinologist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, had no clue. I was in Houston, Texas, USA, for my Thanksgiving holiday and got sick there. I told the doctors there the whole story and they said that they would take care of my diabetes first and then worry about my periods. I graduated later and came back to my hometown in Honduras. I was given hormones by my new endocrinologist for six months and that regulated my periods. When I stopped taking them, I got irregular again. I just started taking some other hormones called Prempak, but my blood sugars have not been normal, with lots of highs and frequent lows. Could it be this new medication? I'm getting tired of so many medications!

Answer:

You story is somewhat complicated. There may be several factors involved here, but it sounds like you are not ovulating on a regular basis. This may be due to your weight or other factors. Your diet will obviously also affect your blood sugar values. Most diabetic women tolerate birth control pills very well and that may be the best choice to regulate your periods rather than the estrogen.

I suggest that you discuss this with your endocrinologist.

OWJ

Additional comments from Dr. Lebinger:

If you haven't had your thyroid tested recently, I would make sure to have that done as an underactive thyroid is common in people with diabetes and can also cause irregular periods.

TGL

Original posting 23 May 1998
Posted to Other Medications and Family Planning

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:58
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.