HCG Diet Side Effects: The Dangerous Side Effects of HCG InjectionsThis article describes HCG diet side effects that may occur when using HCG injections. The side effects of HCG injections are potentially very serious and should not be taken lightly. These are NOT the same side effects as homeopathic HCG drops or the HCG diet itself.
HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It's a hormone produced by women during pregnancy, and it has many beneficial effects. Among other things, it helps the baby develop properly. Dr. Simeons also theorized that it protects the mother and baby from potential calorie deficits (from extreme morning sickness, for example) by releasing abnormal fat stores, and balances out problems with the hypothalamus. HCG is used medicinally to cause ovulation in women, increase sperm count in men, and to stimulate the development of the gonads in underdeveloped young boys.
When used for dieting, HCG is injected into the body in an extremely concentrated form. It should not be surprising that there are potential side effects. Keep in mind that side effects of HCG injections are based on the doses used for fertility treatments. The doses used for weight loss and the HCG diet are very small in comparison and may result in less serious side effects.
Most Common Side Effects of HCG
These HCG side effects don't usually require medical attention and often go away during treatment.
Rare But Serious Side Effects of HCG
These HCG side effects are rare but are potentially life threatening.
Side Effects for Females Only
These HCG side effects tend to affect females who are undergoing fertility treatments. These side effects are potentially serious and may require swift medical attention. They can also occur for a time even after you stop using HCG.
Less common or rare
When using HCG for fertility treatment, it can increase your chances of having a multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, etc.). Stop using HCG if you become pregnant. Using HCG while pregnant can cause birth defects in the baby.
Side Effects for Boys Only
The following HCG side effects tend to affect boys who are undergoing treatment for underdeveloped gonads. These side effects are potentially serious and may require swift medical attention.
Frequency not determined
HCG can cause early puberty in young boys. Signs include a deepened voice, pubic hair growth, increased acne, or increase sweating.
Remember that these are the side effects of HCG at the high doses used for fertility treatment. The side effects of HCG injections may be less serious due to the smaller dosage. The side effects of HCG drops and the HCG diet itself are also different. Please see our other articles for more on HCG diet side effects.