Ozempic Babies: Weight Loss Drugs And The Impact On Fertility with Betty Murray

Jun 17, 2024

Ozempic Babies: Weight Loss Drugs And The Impact On Fertility with Betty Murray

We’re digging into the impact of using Ozempic when you are TTC.

Ozempic, a drug used to treat diabetes, is getting a lot of attention as celebrities have described using it to lose a lot of weight in short time frames.

Search “Ozempic babies” on TikTok and you’ll see quite a few videos declaring surprise pregnancies (Ozempic also reduces the efficacy of oral birth control).

You may have been told to lose weight to get pregnant or for IVF.

Today we discuss the pros and cons of Ozempic and similar GLP-1 agonists and what you need to know if you are TTC.

I’m excited to welcome Betty Murray to the podcast. Betty Murray, MS, CN, IFMCP is a Certified Nutritionist and Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She possesses a Master of Science in Human Nutrition Science and Integrative & Functional Nutrition and is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation at Saybrook University.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  1. How Ozempic and GLP-1 agonists impact hormones and fertility
  2. Risks and side effects of Ozempic (what the studies tell us)
  3. Why having sufficient information before making decisions about healthcare or starting any drug is critical and what informed consent means
  4. Dosing (consider compounding pharmacy) and how to prevent all the weight from coming back









      • Betty’s health journey and how it led to her changing fields and becoming a nutritionist
      • Often we’re asking the wrong person for insights into the impact of nutrition
      • It’s important to have a team with a functional medicine approach


      • There's been a whole spring of Ozempic babies coming up because people are going on this to lose weight and next thing you know, they're pregnant by surprise
      • Fertility is a metabolic thing, not just a sex hormone thing.

      11:06 GLP-1 & GIP AGONISTS

      • The difference between GLP-1 & GIP agonists
      • Popularity of Ozempic compared with the 90s fen-phen craze
      • How Ozempic works and differences with Mounjaro
      • A lot of people say Ozempic helps a little bit with the food noise.

        17:29 SIDE EFFECTS

        • Some of the potential digestive system side effects
        • Increased doses are more effective for weight loss but increase the risk of digestive system side effects.
        • What the research shows about the potentially significant loss of muscle mass
        • They're starting to see that for some people that may have alcohol use disorder or binge eating and things like that, there seems to be a positive effect.
        • There’s a time and place for these medications
        • If you have 15-20 lbs to lose, this isn’t the drug for you.
        • As you withdraw, your body function returns to what it was before
        • For long term results, it’s crucial to work on diet and lifestyle changes alongside these medications
        • Your sex hormones are intimately tied to the metabolic hormones like insulin and glucagon and your thyroid
        • Dramatic weight loss is seen by the body as a stress response.
        • Stopping of the period is a sign that there's something metabolically wrong.
        • We don't have large population data to show that taking this medication is safe in the long term.

        • Compounding pharmacies are mixing it for you and that doesn't necessarily mean that it has a perfect level every single time
        • What to think bout when choosing a compounding pharmacy

        35:42 METABOLIC HEALTH
        • If you’re thinking of taking one of these medications, you should plan to be on it for a long time
        • You have to change the lifestyle and deal with the metabolic cards you've been dealt.
        • Foundational principles to follow when it comes to your diet
        • We have to become a healthier version of ourselves and keep it. That's the ultimate goal.

        • Everybody's slightly nuanced in how their body metabolizes food.

        42:22 RESOURCES FOR YOU
        • Sleep is the cornerstone of optimal health and optimal fertility
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        43:41 FINAL THOUGHTS




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