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HCG for Weight Loss – Worth the Risk?

You may have heard of HCG Weight Loss treatments, but did you know that it is actually an infertility treatment? Doctors prescribe HCG injections to cause ovulation. So you may be asking, why have you only heard about HCG as a weight loss program?

HCG injections are being touted as a miracle weight loss tool; however, HCG is NOT a safe way to achieve medically supervised weight loss.



Side Effects of HCG

There are many side effects of using HCG. According to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, some of the non-lethal side effects include:

  • irritation or inflammation of injection site
  • headaches
  • mood changes
  • depression
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • tiredness

”So what?” you may say, I feel like that whenever I’m trying to lose weight or I go on a diet, if HCG is a miracle weight loss program, why WOULDN’T I?
Well, as South Florida’s premiere, independent medically supervised weight loss program, we feel it’s important to point out the LETHAL side effects of HCG:
Blood Clots
Signs of a blood clot, as listed by, include confusion, extreme dizziness, severe headache, and unexplained pain, numbness or tingling sensations and redness or warmth in a leg or arm.
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
This condition can be life-threatening, ovaries enlarge and can be complicated with may be complicated with ovarian torsion, ovarian rupture, thrombophlebitis and renal insufficiency.
Preganancy Considerations
The FDA classifies HCG as pregnancy category X, indicating that it causes birth defects. Women using HCG to help conceive must stop the injections as soon as she becomes pregnant. Women supplementing with HCG are also more likely to have a multiple pregnancy, so if you’re using HCG for weight loss instead of fertility enhancement, be careful!

Medically Supervised Weight Loss

A better, healthy, long term solution to weight loss is a balanced, medically supervised weight loss approach like we offer at CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists. Learn from the experience of a weight loss physician: learn more about our weight loss program.

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