Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Oh baby! Rise in unexpected pregnancies tied to Ozempic

Women using the popular weight loss drug Ozempic are reporting yet another surprising side effect: pregnancy! For some, it’s happening despite being on birth control or having prior fertility issues. Ozempic and other medications containing semaglutide are designed to help regulate insulin levels, which can lead to clearer pathways for ovulation and while these medications don’t increase fertility, they do help the body shed excess weight and regulate hormonal imbalances. Another reason Ozempic may increase the potential for pregnancy is that semaglutide medications may reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills by hyper metabolizing or flushing the medication out of the system too quickly. Learn more about Ozempic babies!