Pregnancy despite pills: the doctor spoke about an unusual side effect of weight loss drugs

Slimming shots and other similar drugs may have an unusual “side effect” – increased fertility. Endocrinologist Zukhra Pavlova reported this in herblog.

“Information has appeared that slimming injections (and in general, drugs from the group of glucagon-like peptide agonists) help increase fertility (ability to bear children) in women,” she said.

These injections also act on men.

Pavlova recalled that these drugs are prescribed for diabetes, but they are often used in cases of obesity.

Obesity is essentially a systemic inflammation, it leads to metabolic disorders. It is not surprising that reproductive function suffers greatly.

It is logical that when weight is normalized, many parameters improve, including restoration of fertility.

If an obese woman suffers from infertility, she first needs to lose weight, and then, perhaps, treatment will not be required. The same applies to men whose spermatogenesis improves.

Pavlova refers to a study that says that women taking contraceptives became pregnant while receiving slimming injections. That is, contraceptives “didn’t work.”

Let us recall the common symptoms of obesity:

  • One of the main symptoms of obesity is significant weight gain, especially in the abdomen, thighs and buttocks.
  • Obese people may feel tired and weak even when doing little physical activity.
  • Excess weight causes difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.
  • Some obese people may have an increased appetite and an inability to control food intake.
  • Excess weight puts additional pressure on joints, leading to pain and limited mobility.
  • Obesity is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and some types of cancer.
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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Zukhra Pavlova Zukhra Pavlova Medicine Endocrinologist