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What Is Hcg

What is HCG?

Description of HCG?

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.

Function

HCG acts like luteinizing hormone (LH). In males, LH tells the testes to produce testosterone. In men undergoing hormone replacement therapy, their testes may stop producing testosterone, so hCG can remind their testes to keep producing testosterone. Some researchers, however, claim hCG stops the body from producing LH naturally.

Uses

Men suffering from androgen disorders take hCG to jump start their testosterone production. Following a round of anabolic steroids, weight-lifters might use hCG to restore their natural testosterone cycle says the University of New South Wales. HCG also raises sperm counts, so it can improve male fertility. In pubescent males, hCG may correct sexual abnormalities.

Benefits

HCG can improve sperm production and adolescent sexual development. It can also correct undescended testes. Numerous bodybuilders rely on hCG to stabilize their testosterone levels after steroid use, though this approach is controversial. Many websites claim hCG promotes weight loss, but hCG is not FDA-approved for this use. University of Maryland researchers suspect Mario Lanza, a performer in the 1940s and 1950s, may have died from hCG diet complications.

HCG side effects

  • severe pelvic pain;
  • swelling of the hands or legs;
  • stomach pain and swelling;
  • shortness of breath;
  • weight gain;
  • diarrhea;
  • nausea or vomiting; or
  • urinating less than normal.

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.

HCG Warnings

In 2011, the FDA updated the prescription labeling of HCG to include warnings for allergic reactions, some of which can be life-threatening.Doctors don't consider HCG to be safe if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are allergic to HCG or any other ingredient found in the drug
  • Are an "early bloomer," entering puberty sooner than normal
  • Have prostate cancer or another cancer that is stimulated by male hormones, or androgens

Dosage

  • What happens if I miss a dose?

Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of HCG.

  • What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of HCG is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.

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