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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with diabetes

Contraception, pregnancy and diabetes

If you are a woman with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there are some things about contraception, pregnancy and diabetes that you should know.

If you are sexually active, you need to use reliable contraception

If you are thinking about having sex or are already sexually active, this is a good time to talk to your diabetes health care team or GP about pregnancy, contraception and diabetes.

Using reliable contraception is important until the time you are ready to start planning for a baby. There are a number of contraceptive choices available to women with diabetes. Unprotected sexual contact puts you at risk of an unplanned pregnancy or contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

Discuss contraception options with your diabetes health professionals or doctor—you may have to try a few different methods before you find the one that’s right for you.

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common condition involving the hormonal system in women during their reproductive years. It is a leading cause of fertility problems. It is also a risk factor for pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes (also known as diabetes during pregnancy) and type 2 diabetes.

Read more in our fact sheet Polycystic ovary syndrome.

For information and resources for women with PCOS, go to Jean Hailes Foundation or call 1800 532 642.

Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society resources

The Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) website has contraception and pregnancy resources developed for Australian Aboriginal women with diabetes.

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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