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Can we just talk about what happens once a month? Twice now I had my basals down pat and WHAM along came my period and shot everythng to hell. I’m about five minutes away from menopause … what is going to happen then?

I’m struggling with that right now. As if cramps and headaches aren’t enough, we have to worry about wonky blood sugars and increased insulin needs. Effing hormones!

Hi Christine…I call it “Mr Toad’s Wild Ride!” Just when I think I am officially through with the hormones, nature tries for one last hurrah. The months that I miss, my hormones and BS requirements are steady. For the few years prior, I found my fluctuating hormones to be no different than before Menopause kicked in, higher #'s (more insulin resistance?) the week before. It wasn’t as horrendous as I thought it’d be. We’ve had a # of discussions about this and it seems that most endo’s have no clue what we are talking about…are not familiar with an estrogen, insulin connection. Good luck!

If periods are a problem for you, there’s a newer method of taking birth control that completely eliminates that. Since it eliminates the fluctuations in hormones, it eliminates a lot of the problems associated with that. No cramps, no headaches, no crazy blood sugars. If you’re already taking hormonal birth control, you might talk to your doctor about taking it continuously. Not like Seasonalle (sp?) where you take it for several months continuously, but still have periods every 3 months - like honestly continuously. I’ve been doing this for years and can’t imagine doing it any other way now.

I wonder why?

It’s due to the increased risk of blood clots.

I can sympathize. My #'s get soooo good and then out of no where I ride the high 200’s no matter what I try. I am 43 and still have a period, but sometimes I miss. I had the uterine oblation done to try and stop my periods, thinking that would help, but lucky me…I’m one of the few that it didn’t work on. When I don’t have a period my #'s stay smooth, but since I never know when one may pop up I just have to watch the trend in my #'s. When they start running high my husband has a basal program set for those “higher need” days. Even with that program I’m still high most of the week. Yes, it sucks so bad. I wish someone had the answer to this madness. And it would be great to hear from some of the ladies who have made it through menopause and how they managed…

I have a basal setting called “HORMS.”

I’m seriously considering it… Do you like it?