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What Does Hcg Do

What Does Hcg Do

What Is HCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a natural hormone that doctors prescribe as an injectable drug with the brand names Pregnyl and Novarel, and in a related form called Ovidrel.

HCG improves fertility by increasing sperm production in men and encouraging egg release in women.

It also helps treat sex hormone-linked conditions, such as undescended testes in young men and undeveloped sexual traits in girls.

HCG and Weight Loss

Although a prescription drug, HCG pills and liquid are sometimes purchased as a weight-loss supplement.

Since the FDA has not approved HCG for weight loss or over-the-counter (OTC) use, its sale is illegal, and any purported benefit of HCG in weight loss remains controversial.

The manufacturer of Pregnyl clearly states in its package insert that HCG has no proven benefit in weight loss, appetite decrease, or change in body-fat composition.

Side Effect

Major and Minor HCG Side Effect

  • 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
  • Entering puberty sooner than normal
  • Painful rupture or swelling of the ovaries
  • Allergic reactions, including life-threatening ones
  • Blood clots

What Is the Function of HCG in Your Body?

HCG is a protein-based hormone produced during pregnancy that tells a woman's body that it's pregnant.

HCG helps maintain the production of important hormones like progesterone and estrogen, which are essential for the development of the embryo and fetus .

After the first three months of pregnancy, blood levels of HCG decrease.

HCG Dosage

The dose of injectable HCG that your doctor prescribes depends on your sex and the condition being treated.

HCG Overdose

If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

You can contact a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.

Missed Dose of HCG

If you've missed an injection or an appointment to receive your injection, call your doctor's office to reschedule as soon as possible.

If you're injecting the medication yourself, call your doctor and do not double the dose to make up for the mixed one.

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.

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.

 

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