hCG hormones are widely used for the purpose of weight loss. The following article discusses the pros and cons associated with the use of hCG drops and injections.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone found naturally in a woman’s body during pregnancy. This hormone is secreted by the placenta and is responsible for maintaining the desired levels of progesterone for a healthy pregnancy. About 50 years ago, Dr. Albert T Simeons proved that hCG can be successfully used for weight loss when combined with a low-calorie diet plan. The hCG diet protocol formulated at that time made use of injectable hCG. However, medical science has come a long way since then, as a result, newer and advanced methods of hCG administration have come into practice. One such method is the use of oral drops.
hCG drops are essentially a homeopathic remedy that is to be taken sublingually, meaning one needs to put them underneath the tongue. Although the exact dosage of this hormone primarily depends upon the amount of pounds one intends to lose, they should be taken 3 to 6 times a day. hCG injections are intramuscular shots that need to be administered only once a day. For the purpose of losing weight, both the methods should be accompanied by a strict low-calorie hCG diet plan.
Drops Vs. Injections
Technically, there is not much of a difference between the benefits provided by the hCG drops and injections. Both allow a steady weight loss of about 1 – 2 pounds a day and require daily administration; however, the drops need to be administered several times a day. This can be tedious for some people who are not diligent enough. People may miss their doses or forget to pack them while traveling. Both injections and drops need refrigeration, which can be an issue for frequent travelers.
However, most people still prefer drops to shots, because the prospect of inserting a needle into the body and pushing the liquid through the skin is intimidating for common people. Besides, drops are extremely convenient as one can easily put them in the mouth anywhere. The price is another factor that may encourage the people to use these drops. They cost about USD 85 for a course which is just a fraction of the cost of the injections, that come at a price of USD 700 for the same course.
Both the aforementioned methods have similar side effects that may be characterized by dizziness, vomiting, nausea, water retention, hives, irregular urination, sudden weight gain, gynecomastia in men, breast tenderness, Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) in women, confusion, depression, increased irritability, swollen hands and feet, etc. Besides there is also an increased risk of a heart attack after a prolonged course of hCG.
Disclaimer: This FitnessVigil article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.