HCG Side Effects in Women

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin also known as HCG is a glycoprotein hormone, which is composed of 244 amino acids. This hormone is abundantly produced during pregnancy. This is secreted by the developing embryo to thicken the walls of the womb. However, this hormone is also produced by both sexes in the pituitary gland. The main function of this hormone is to keep the corpus luteum secrete progesterone hormone. Progesterone in return produces a thick lining of blood vessels and capillaries in the uterus to sustain the growth of the fetus. Because of this feature of HCG, many have used it as a dietary food supplement with the hope of losing weight. Because the HCG diet had become popular, many who would like to try the diet are raising concerns about HCG side effects in women. Well, it is wise and right to know the details of a diet before anyone gets into it. So, how does HCG make one lose weight and what are the HCG side effects in women?

HCG hormone sustains a growing fetus. Many people who would like to lose shed some weight had seen hope in HCG. If a woman opts for an HCG diet, she will have to take HCG in compounded cream form or injection. Once the HCG enters the body, the body is fooled to believe that there is a fetus to be fed. With this diet, women are encouraged to stick to a 500-calorie diet. With just this amount of calorie taken, without HCG, the person would normally feel hunger pangs. But with HCG in the body, the body suppresses hunger pangs and just extracts vitamins and minerals from excess body fat. With HCG, the body is fooled to think that there is a need to feed a growing fetus and so it gathers all nutrients from the body to support it. The metabolism is increased. This is how women using HCG as a food supplement loses weight.

But playing tricks on your body has a price. There are HCG side effects in women especially if one is pregnant. Side effects of HCG in women can be very serious. A health condition may arise due to the use HCG by non-pregnant. It is called the Ovarian Hyper-stimulation Syndrome or OHSS. Symptoms of the Ovarian Hyper-stimulation syndrome includes; abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, headaches, restlessness and swelling hands and feet.

The HCG side effects in woman could be very fatal if she is under a certain medication. Some women who are under medication for infertility had reported to have experienced abdominal pain and pressure, chest pain, slurred speech, dizziness, trouble in breathing, weakening on one side of the body or both and even confusion. There are also other drugs that might cause a serious allergic reaction to the body if combined with HCG. If any of these symptoms is experienced, it is always beast to consult a doctor or physician right away and before starting the HCG diet, it is better to consult a doctor first. Prevention is always better than cure.

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