What is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin?
hCG is an abbreviation for a hormone that is naturally produced by a part of the fertilized ovum directly after conception. The letters ‘hCG’ stand for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. The pituitary gland produces a very similar hormone known as luteinizing hormone and some experts argue that hCG is produced in the pituitary gland of both men and women.
Functions of hCG
In its natural state, HCG helps to promote the health of the fetus.
This includes protection from undesirable immune reactions on the part of the mother that may be detrimental to the survival of the fetus. The hormone hCG also helps the corpus luteum to produce progesterone during the early stages of pregnancy.
Another of the roles hCG has is in pregnancy is to make it possible for stored fat to be used in order to nourish the developing baby, ensuring correct growth and development.
Uses of Supplemental hCG
Uses of hCG in the form of supplementary injections, drops or tablets include the treatment of infertility and delayed sexual development in boys suffering from pituitary disorders. It is used to monitor the health of women after miscarriage as well as being a tumor marker in certain types of cancer. The measurement of hCG levels is used in certain pregnancy tests, although doctors warn that one test usually isn’t enough to be conclusive.
There are also claims that it can be of help in weight loss by promoting the burning of fat and by reducing the appetite of patients on low-calorie diets. This application remains popular despite considerable controversy.
The hCG injection is preferred by most health care practitioners although various other formulations are available. Drops, creams, tablets and nasal sprays are also on the market. Some doctors contend that hCG is not likely to be absorbed in the digestive system and recommend repeat visits for intra-muscular injections instead.
Homeopathic treatments are highly diluted yet, according to many users and some doctors, highly effective. Despite the low risk factor associated with taking small concentrations of hCG, the FDA has intervened in over the counter sales – an unprecedented move in the field of homeopathy.
Safety of hCG
HCG is, itself, considered very safe to use. The main concerns with its use as a weight loss treatment are related to the accompanying calorie restricted diet. If you are considering attempting this diet, it would be important to ensure that the correct types of foods are included in the daily calorie allowance. You could also consult with your doctor in order to ensure that such a diet would not present risks in your particular case. Read more…