Can I Become Pregnant if I Have Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Q. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia 2 years ago and I would like to know if I can be pregnant when I have schizophrenia. Is it possible for me to be pregnant?

A. Barring any unexpected medical issues, you can have a diagnosis of schizophrenia and physically become pregnant. Having schizophrenia in no way makes you infertile or less likely to conceive a child. There are no physical ramifications or repercussions that occur in females that would prevent you from getting pregnant while you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Medically speaking, you are just as likely to become pregnant while being schizophrenic.

I am not sure if I answered this to your satisfaction but I would encourage you to write in again if you have a followup or a more nuanced question. Thanks for writing.

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Mar 2008

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2008). Can I Become Pregnant if I Have Schizophrenia?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2008/03/07/can-i-become-pregnant-if-i-have-schizophrenia/