HCG Injections Side Effects

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), also known as the pregnancy hormone, is a hormone which is present in the urine of pregnant women. Pregnancy tests are always done to determine the results based on the presence of this hormone. The hormone cannot be produced by the body naturally unless you are pregnant. However there is HCG injection which is prescribed by doctors to cure medical conditions such as infertility in women, pituitary glands disorder in young boys, and low sperm and testosterone production in men.

Apart from the above primary uses of the HCG hormone, many people have also reported benefiting from it through a weight lose program. According to them, HCG injection is able to make you loose 1 to 2 pounds per day by restricting you to 500 calories intake everyday. To achieve this, there is a specific diet that you need to stick to involving only the intake of certain proteins, vegetables and fruits in varied amounts. The diet does not include carbohydrates, fatty acids or dairy meals. If you strictly follow this diet together with daily HCG injections, then it is believed that you can loose extra pounds within a short time without exercise.

However, both as fertility hormone, sperm production hormone and weight lose medication; HCG has its share of side effects. They include;

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)

This is a life threatening condition that can occur to women as a result of using online HCG injections. The condition is always associated with severe headache, swelling on the legs, blood clots, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath or even weight gain. Nobody will like to experience such symptoms and the fact that it’s a life threatening condition and can cause great harm if not tackled early makes it even scarier.

Precocious Puberty

If used in young boys with pituitary glands disorder, the hormone can cause early puberty which is also called precocious puberty. This can result to deepened voice, pubic hair growth, appearance of acne, sweating and other signs associated with puberty.

Multiple pregnancy

HCG injections can result to multiple pregnancy in women associated with twins, triplets, quadruplets or more. If not well taken care of with strict medical supervision it could be life threatening to both the mother and the baby. Using this medication if you are already pregnant can also cause birth defects to the unborn baby.

Other side effects that can affect both men and women under HCG injections include fatigue, restlessness, headache, leg cramps, swelling in the legs, irritability, development of breasts in men, pain or irritation around the injected area etc. Although these side effects cannot be life threatening, it is usually advisable to contact your doctor incase you experience any of them.

HCG is not FDA approved

The only medical use of HCG which is recognized by FDA is using it as fertility hormone. If you’re using it for other purposes such as sperm production and weight lose medication then it’s at your own risk. FDA had issued warnings to people using the injections especially as weight lose program. It is under FDA’s category X and any use which is not recognized by FDA remains controversial.