Periods and Ketones

I am on my period and I need to check my ketones. I am Type One Diabetic. Every time I check for ketones, the pad on the stick is covered with blood and I can not read whether I have ketones or not. What do I do?

Sorry I don’t have an answer for this emergency. But for the future, get your endocrinologist to prescribe a blood ketone meter and strips. Here’s an image: ketone meter

Thank you!

I’m not sure how comfortable you are with using tampons but that is an option as it will prevent blood from getting on the keto strip while urinating.

Every time I check my ketones while on I pee into a cup like the plastic trash bathroom cups. That helps a lot better than just trying to pee on it

Became type 1 at 63. You are reminding me that at least there is one good thing, no more monthly period!

I am SOOOOOOO glad someone asked this question! It never occurred to me until a couple of weeks ago when I had the same issue!

Is there a particular reason you are checking for ketones during your period? According to Joslin, here are the situations where you should:

  1. Anytime your blood glucose is over 250 mg/dl for two tests in a row.
  2. When you are ill. Often illness, infections, or injuries will cause sudden high blood glucose and this is an especially important time to check for ketones.
  3. When you are planning to exercise and the blood glucose is over 250 mg/dl.
  4. If you are pregnant, you should test for ketones each morning before breakfast and any time the blood glucose is over 250 mg/dl.

Honestly I did ask my endocrinologist because we are really close and she said that if you don’t hold the stick there for as long it really doesn’t take a lot of pee as most people think and your period doesn’t actually like GUSH out of you.