Research – Weight Loss Medication and Fertility

Hi everyone! The University of Plymouth have contacted about some research they’re doing into weight loss medication and fertility. There seems to have been quite a lot of focus on obesity and fertility lately!

In the UK, there are two types of weight loss medication which can be prescribed or purchased privately. One of these is called Liraglutide, more commonly known as Saxenda® but also known as Victoza® SkinnyJab® Slim Jab®.

The other medication is Orlistat, also known as Xenical® alli ®.

There have been no studies of Saxenda® or Orlistat use during pregnancy and it is recommended that you should stop Saxenda® / Orlistat before trying to conceive.  However, as Saxenda® and Orlistat can be purchased privately in pharmacies or online, it is not known if people using it are aware of the recommendations regarding delaying pregnancy and use of contraception.

What’s the research?

The University of Plymouth are conducting a survey in women and people with a womb, aged 18-45 years, who have considered using Saxenda®/Orlistat, are currently using Saxenda®/Orlistat, or have used Saxenda®/Orlistat in the past.

The aim of this study is to understand more about the use of Saxenda® and Orlistat and its association with fertility and pregnancy intention. They want to find out what people understand about this medication and the acceptability of delaying pregnancy after obesity treatments.

What will it involve?

If you agree to take part, they will email you a link to an online consent form and questionnaire. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes and asks about you, your use of Saxenda®/Orlistat, your health and lifestyle, your periods, your plans for contraception and pregnancy.

They would also like to talk to a few people to hear about their awareness of and experience of taking Saxenda®/Orlistat in their own words. This conversation will take place via a secure videolink (for example, Zoom/Teams/Facetime) and the recording stored securely and anonymously. As with all of the study, you can opt out of this part if you want.

As a token of their gratitude, you will receive a shopping voucher of £10. An additional voucher for £10 will be available to those who take part in an interview. This does not affect your right to withdraw from the study.

You can read more about the study here.

How do I take part?

If you decide you want to take part, please follow this link to fill in the contact form. Alternatively, you can contact Pamela Rae by email She can answer any questions you may have and send you the online questionnaire if you wish to take part.

Leave a reply here to get involved!