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Hcg Injections

What are HCG Injections?

HCG Injections is an acronym for Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. Doctors prescribe HCG for a number of FDA approved reasons but they also prescribe the hormone as an “off label” weight loss aide.

Physicians often prescribe medicine for a reasons other than their original intent. Aspirin is a pain reliever that became an off label treatment for heart disease. Many years later the FDA approved aspirin as an official treatment for heart disease. This does not always happen, sometimes the medicine remains an “off label” product.

This is true in the case of HCG injections.

General Information:

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and a recombinant formulation, called choriogonadotropin alfa (r-HCG), is a gonad-stimulating polypeptide hormone normally secreted by the placenta during pregnancy. The non-recombinant products are obtained from the urine of pregnant women. Recombinant-HCG is produced via recombinant DNA techniques in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells. The pharmacological actions of HCG and of r-HCG are similar and resemble those of luteinizing hormone (LH); HCG is generally used as a substitute for LH. HCG has been used to treat cryptorchidism or hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in males, sometimes in combination with menotropins or follitropin. Interestingly, HCG was introduced for the treatment of cryptorchidism in 1931, and remained the only hormonal agent available to treat the condition until the 1970's, when gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs also became a treatment option. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is used in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation protocols for infertility in females

Mechanism of Action:

The mechanism of action of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) depends upon the purpose for which it is being used, the sex of the patient, and the level of maturity of the patient to whom it is administered.

Adult females: In select females with infertility , human chorionic gonadotropin has actions essentially identical to those of luteinizing hormone (LH). Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) also appears to have additional, though minimal, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) activity. By administering HCG after follitropin, menotropins, or clomiphene, the normal LH surge that precedes ovulation can be mimicked. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) promotes the development and maintenance of the corpus lutetium and the production of progesterone.

HCG Injections and Weight Loss

Dr. ATW Simeons created the HCG diet after seeing malnourished women from 3rd world countries give birth to full sized, healthy babies. Dr. Simeons concluded that HCG kept the child healthy even though the mother was very calorie starved. The theory was that HCG somehow kept the mother and child “fed” even though they ate very little. It was through this discovery that Simeons decided to test a low calorie diet with HCG shots in overweight patients.

Common Side effects of HCG

  • 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.

HCG Interactions

Tell your doctor all the medications you're taking.

This also includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other dietary supplements (nutritional shakes, protein powders, etc.), herbal remedies and any illegal and recreational drugs.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about HCG if you're taking any medications that affect your blood. This includes:

Drugs for clotting disorders like coagulation factors IX and VIIa

Drugs that increase red blood cell production like epoetin alfa (Epogen, Procrit), factor VIII concentrate (Humate-P ), and darbepoetin (Aransep ).