HCG, which stands for human chorionic gonadotropin is a pregnancy hormone that is produced by the embryo soon after it is conceived. As the pregnancy progresses, this peptide hormone begins to be produced by a special part of the placenta called the syncytiotrophoblast. As such, testing for levels of HCG in a woman’s body is used as a reliable test for pregnancy.

While HCG is most commonly associated with pregnancy, it may also be produced when the body becomes infected with certain types of tumors. Therefore, testing for elevated levels of HCG can also help doctors recognize the existence of tumors in a patient’s body.

When produced during pregnancy, HCG is meant to help the corpus luteum intact. The corpus luteum, which is part of the ovary, is integral in maintaining production of the progesterone that is an important component of human pregnancy. In addition to preventing the disintegration of the corpus luteum, researchers believe that HCG provides pregnant women with extra immunity during pregnancy.

The high levels of HCG that are produced during pregnancy have no negative effects on the pregnant woman’s body. In fact, doctors have used HCG for many years in order to help women experiencing hormonal issues or fertility problems. More recently, however, researchers have found that HCG can actually help the body burn more fat and can be used to aid in weight loss when combined with a healthy low calorie diet and a moderate exercise routine.

Several other positive side effects have also become associated with HCG therapy. These include:
Increased energy without experience a sense of nervousness
Clearer thought processes
Improved sleep at night
Feeling less irritable
While there are some potential negative side effects to HCG therapy, these are generally mild and are not very troublesome to most people. These include:
Breast tenderness
Headaches
Edema

Although HCG is associated with pregnancy, it can safely be used by both men and women that are looking to get their weight under control. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us at (904) 641-1311

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