Your menstrual cycle

Young women

Your menstrual cycle

Once your periods start (even if they are light or irregular) your chances of falling pregnant are high if you are having sex and not using contraception. To avoid an unplanned pregnancy, talk to a health professional you trust for advice on reliable contraception.

As a young woman living with diabetes, you may also find that the hormonal changes that come with your periods can make it more challenging to manage your blood glucose levels. You may notice that your blood glucose levels are higher or that you are more prone to hypos at different times in your cycle.

This is a good time to talk to your diabetes team about the changes you are experiencing and also talk about any concerns you have about your periods and how this affects your diabetes.

Some of the contraception options may also help reduce the impact of your periods on blood glucose levels.