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Hcg (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

What is HCG?

Hcg (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman's ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation.

HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men. HCG is also used in young boys when their testicles have not dropped down into the scrotum normally. This can be caused by a pituitary gland disorder.

HCG may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I use HCG?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

HCG is given as an injection under the skin or into a muscle. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to inject your medicine at home. Do not self-inject human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.

Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your doctor will need to check you on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Some brands of HCG come in powder form with a separate liquid that you must mix together and draw into a syringe. Other brands are provided in single-dose prefilled syringes.

Does HCG Help You Lose Weight?

Proponents of the HCG diet claim that it boosts metabolism and helps you lose large amounts of fat — all without feeling hungry.

Various theories attempt to explain HCG’s weight loss mechanisms.

However, multiple studies have concluded that weight loss achieved by the HCG diet is due to ultra-low-calorie intake alone and has nothing to do with the HCG hormone (7, 8, 9, 10).

These studies compared the effects of HCG and placebo injections given to individuals on a calorie-restricted diet.Weight loss was identical or nearly identical between the two groups.Furthermore, these studies determined that the HCG hormone did not significantly reduce hunger.

HCG Side Effects

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Swelling in the feet, ankles, lowers legs, or hands
  • Appearance of female breasts in men
  • Pain in the area where you received the injection

Normal hCG Levels

hCG levels can vary dramatically, from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy. Generally, an hCG level of less than 5 mIU/ml means a woman is not pregnant and anything above 25 mIU/ml indicates a pregnancy has occurred.

While the below ranges give an idea of what is considered normal, the results of one hCG blood test mean very little. Rather, the change in the level between two consecutive tests done two to three days apart is much more telling of how a pregnancy may progress.

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