Taking insulin can delay menstruation?

Expert answer:

No, taking insulin does not delay menstruation and can even help regulate the menstrual cycle.

It is known that women with Type 1 diabetes tend to have problems with reproductive development, which can cause irregular menstruation, delayed puberty, polycystic ovarian syndrome, earlier menopause and even infertility.

THE irregular menstruation is the main characteristic of polycystic ovary, a relatively common condition in diabetic women due to high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).

The menstrual irregularity can be marked by any of the following tables:

  • Long intervals between menses, exceeding 35 days;
  • Less than 8 menstrual cycles per year;
  • Absence of menstruation for more than 3 consecutive months in women who had regular cycles;
  • Increased menstrual bleeding, in flow or duration, after a long period without menstruation.

However, the tendency for these reproductive disorders can be treatment with insulin.

For more information on interfering with insulin therapy during menstruation, talk to your endocrinologist.