This article provides some information on the benefits and side effects of both hCG drops and injections, which might prove beneficial for one to decide which one is better.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (or hCG) is an important pregnancy hormone, which naturally occurs inside the placenta of a woman. Due to the recent studies and the fact that this hormone regulates the rate of metabolism, its usage for weight loss became popular. Dr. Albert T. Simeons was the first person to claim the positive effects of hCG products for weight loss. The products are available in the form of injections, drops, sprays, and pills. Regardless of the various controversies about the hCG diet, people are still curious about hCG drops and injections so that they can decide the best among the two. Here are some details regarding their positive as well as negative effects on one’s health.
hCG Diet Products
Also known as oral hCG, these drops are used as a sublingual homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic hCG is given to the people who want to stay away from the intramuscular hCG injections and can’t afford the costly nasal sprays and transdermal gels. Oral drops are used on the basis of homeopathic extraction technology and they prove to be as effective as other forms of these diet plans.
Selection of the dosage of these drops is determined as per the weight loss goal of each person. For instance, if a person wants to lose 5 to 14 lbs, then he/she might need to take 1 oz hCG for 21 consecutive days, along with a well-organized hCG diet plan. These figures would vary in each and every case and also as per one’s weight loss goals. So, it can be said that people may opt for drops, since they are relatively inexpensive and as they are painless.
On the other hand, the injections are an intramuscular way of introducing this hormone into the body of an individual. These shots have been very popular amongst the weight loss aspirants due to the quick weight loss effects. Despite the relatively higher degree of pain, these injections are generally administered into the body by the dieter himself for several times a day.
As a rule of hCG diet, these injections are accompanied with a very low calorie diet (500 calories). These injections were the first form of hCG introduction, which was mentioned in the book ‘Inches and Pounds’ by Dr. Albert T. Simeons. It has been often observed that even though these injections are painful, they are uncontrollably administered by the weight loss aspirants.
Comparison of hCG Drops and Injections
There are three parameters on which they can be judged by an individual, so as to find out which is the best among both for weight loss. The three parameters are effectiveness, expensiveness/cost, and safety of both these products.
As per the recent research studies, the drops are as effective as the injections. Some studies also suggested that dieters who switched from the injections to the drops, showed more positive effects, along with higher energy levels, and suppressed appetite with reduced hunger pangs between the meals. On this account, one can also say that the drops are more beneficial.
The biggest factor that could hamper one’s weight loss plan is the cost for the weight loss program. Here, the drops or all forms of oral products come as clear winners. Furthermore, these injections would need a prescription and they are sometimes required to be shipped from another country as well. This is where homeopathic ones comes in handy. The drops are available locally and one can buy it without prescription at some places as well.
This is all about the drops and injections in terms of effectiveness, convenience, and cost. However, the biggest cause of concern remains to be the side effects that are associated with it. It has been observed that the reviews are not satisfactory since there are a few serious side effects involved. Both the injections and drops are equal at this point, for creating some devastating aftermaths as a result of the prolonged usage of these hormones.
Some of the side effects include: dizziness, vomiting, nausea, water retention, hives, irregular urination, sudden weight gain, gynecomastia in men, breast tenderness, and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in women, confusion, depression, increased irritability, swollen hands and feet, and sometimes heart attack as well. These dangers cannot be neglected at any point of time.
On a conclusive note, the only difference between these drops and injections is their cost and availability. Apart from that, both are not approved by the USFDA and one would need to consult the health care provider prior to administering either or any of them.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.