Depression and Anxiety
Both depression and anxiety can take away your desire for sex. Medicine or counselling can help with both depression and anxiety disorder. If you’ve been feeling depressed or worried for more than two weeks, talk with your health
Are you thinking about having a baby? Start working with your health care team before you get pregnant. Have your A-1-C, blood pressure, heart, kidneys, nerves, and eyes checked. See your dietitian to review your meal plan. Talk with your health care team about how being pregnant will affect your long term health.
If you take diabetes pills, you may need to switch to insulin to protect the baby. You may be referred to a special diabetes and pregnancy team.
You will help keep yourself and your baby healthy and safe if you keep your blood glucose (sugar) in your target range before you get pregnant and until the baby arrives. That will lower your chances of having a premature baby or a baby that’s larger than normal.
You’ll also lower the risk of having a baby with birth defects by keeping your blood glucose close to normal in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Today, more women with diabetes are able to have healthy babies. With planning and hard work, you can too.
If you don’t want to get pregnant, you’ll need to use some kind of birth control. Even if you don’t have regular periods, you can still get pregnant. Most birth control methods are safe for women with diabetes. Talk with your health care team about your options.
Hormones & Menstrual Cycle
Some women find it hard to keep their blood glucose on track the week before and during their menstrual period. Your blood glucose levels may go up and down because of changes in hormone levels.
Make a note of the days when you’re having your period in your blood glucose record book. Look for patterns and then talk with your health care team about changing your care plan before, during, or after your period to keep your blood glucose levels on target.
Here are a few tips:
- Work with your health care team to keep your blood glucose levels on target during your monthly cycles.
- Talk with your health care team about hormone replacement therapy as you get close to menopause.