I was dx with T1 a month before my 18th bday (this will be year 20 for me). I also have PCOS and therefore have irregular cycles. I will admit I have never paid attention to how my BG is affected before/during/after my "week". :/ I do not have cycles without meds - or if I do, it's only one or two a year maybe? So it was always difficult to track.
I took Provera last month to initiate a cycle. For the first time in almost 20 years I paid attention. And I spiked that week. Big time. Then after it was gone, I was PERFECT for several days. Even times I should have spiked, I stayed perfect. It was like I was cured. LOL
Then this week came (I'm about cd14) and I am spiking again. Staying above 150 but more often than not, I'm in the 200s. I've corrected. I've changed sites. I've started on a new insulin vial. Nothing is working.
So then I started reading on the internet (not always a good idea but sometimes it can be very informative!) and saw that a lot of women see a spike around the time they ovulate.. ? I didn't know this. I don't typically ovulate on my own, either, but I know that I have before (without meds). So I'm paying attention and we'll see what happens. We're not actively TTC but we're also not preventing. ;)
Just wondering if anyone else noticed anything during their mid-cycle/ovulation? Thanks in advance!
This is my pattern (and I've documented it enough to know it's a DEFINITE pattern):
In the 7-10 days before my period starts, I have really annoying highs. Not wicked highs, but annoying, stubborn highs (150-250) that don't come down no matter how much I rage bolus or eat low carb. I have found that if I can increase my basal rates by about 25-50% as soon as I see my numbers start to creep up, I can combat these highs. BUT, if I don't beat my hormones to the game, then it's game over!
But then a lovely thing happens the day my period starts (and it sometimes continues into the next day). I am constantly low enough where I can eat and bolus very little. If it's summertime, I always take advantage by taking the day off and going to the pool because it's the one day when I know I can disconnect from my pump for several hours with no serious repercussions. I can also eat a bit more freely and not have any trouble.
And this is why I'm one of the few women in the world who actually LOVES getting her period.
In looking at my CGM reports I just downloaded.. it looks like I crept up the week before, spiked the week of, and by the week after I was in perfect range. Now this week started out great and last night I spiked. Can't get under 150. Will have to ask my dr for another Rx so I can have another cycle. :) (How sad is THAT???) lol This is intriguing to me, though. I could kick myself for not paying attention sooner :/ but better late than never.
You know, because of its title this will soon get the most men-read topic on tudiabetes !
I was just curious ...
It took me a while and tedious documentation to figure out why for half of the month I had decent control and then it all went down hill for the other half. What i have figured out for my own cycle is that I start to spike on days 16-18. Right away I increase my basal by 20%, and even now I think it needs to be higher. That lasts for the rest of the cycle until the day my period starts and I also can flat line and use much less insulin than usual. It's a real pain because I usually go between using two patterns anyway, a separate pattern for work days. As you know, its a continuous work in progress.