Archive for June, 2015

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

HCG which means Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy, and it sustains the baby’s development in the mother’s womb. It is the hormone that is detected during a pregnancy test and is highly attributed to the morning sickness and fatigue experienced by pregnant women during the early stages of the first trimester. HCG has in the past been used to treat infertility in both men and women and to correct development of testes in young boys who may have complications in their reproductive organs development.

HCG Injections and Diet Side Effects

HCG diet, which comprises of very low calories intake and daily HCG injections has been said to cause weight loss. With the fad that has filled the internet on weight loss remedies that are simple and easy to use without the much-dreaded workout, people are rushing in all directions for these remedies. They then proceed to use those remedies without caring much on the side effects or health risks they expose themselves to. HCG diet requires very low calories intake of 500-800 per day which can have severe side effects if not closely monitored by a medical doctor. Although consuming HCG through oral drops, pills and sprays has not recorded serious side effects, HCG injections can cause serious side effects.

Some of the side effects that can be caused by HCG hormone are headaches, restlessness, leg clamps, blood clots, depression among others. You may also experience water retention, swelling and breast enlargement and tenderness just like a pregnant woman. HCG diet, on the other hand, encourages starving your body of the required amount of nutrients for the day to day normal functions. This starvation could lead to constipation, nausea, fatigue and diarrhea; hair thinning and loss may also be experienced as well. Other ailments caused by HCG diet like gallstones may even require surgery to treat them.

hcg-transformOne of the biggest concerns on HCG injections and diets is the fact that they have not been approved by the concerned bodies as weight loss or obesity treatment. HCG is known to treat infertility and not weight or obesity-related complications. Using HCG for medical or cosmetic purposes concerning weight, is not recommended at all especially without the prescription of a doctor. It is also good to note that acquiring HCG over the counter and using it without a doctor’s prescription is illegal.

In conclusion, it is good to note that HCG diet and injections can never give you permanent weight loss, and as soon as you resume your normal diet you will gain all the lost weight and some more. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and men suffering from prostate cancer should not use HCG treatment.