HCG Update


#1

Hi Everyone. So I have seen many threads about how, if at all, would HCG Diet help. So I wanted to give my story I found the forum looking for my old HCG forum as I’m starting the diet again

Meet DH in 2000. Married in 2003. Knew I’d have trouble getting pregnant so we started TTC in 2001. Between then an 2009 we did IUI, IVF, timed ovulation, multiple tracking methods…I’ve had several surgeries for my Stage 3 endometriosis-had a lapectomy, laparotomy, another lapectomy, and a second laparotomy. Went to three specialists. Finally, in 2008, I was told to stop wasting my money and to stop trying. I also have PCOS. In 2009 we adopted two children ages 7+9. I decided in 2012 to do the HCG injections. Did them in May and June (six weeks). Came off the diet and got pregnant in July (confirmed end of august b/c missing a cycle was nothing new to me). Had a 38 week old boy in 2013. Decided in July 2015 to do the diet again. Six weeks. July and August. Positive pregnancy again in Sept. However that ended in a removed pregnancy b/c the baby embedded where my former left tube used to be. Did the diet in December for four weeks with the intentions of getting pregnant again. Ended in January-positive pregnancy test in February and carried baby to 35+6 and delivered her in Oct 2016.

So for me, I know that I had tried every possible method to get pregnant. It took me over 10 years - ten years!- of trying every single month-not missing a month, and ten years worth of negative tests and crushed dreams. But the HCG diet, whether it reset my body after six weeks, reset my hormones, let me lose weight to a point of getting pregnant (I weigh 180’s) or whatever else it did-is the only reason I got pregnant three times in 5 years-every single pregnancy followed the next month after finishing a full six week round of HCG injections.

I’m not saying this is typical for anyone else. What I am saying is I did everything else and none of it worked. This allowed me to lose weight at the very least-and allowed me to get pregnant (the very most). Most people are concerned with only consuming 500 cals. a day. It’s medically supervised (mine is)-they ran an EKG, did weekly blood work, did weekly tests to confirm I wasn’t losing muscle vs fat, I did daily ketosis testing and they assured me that any indication of anything coming back slightly negative would end the HCG round immediately. I felt comfortable and confident with the doctors that supervised this diet, was never starving, and didn’t lose my energy.

Like I said, I’m about to do the diet again, only this time, my husband is required to keep his distance for a couple months without extra protection bc I want to keep the weight off, and not get pregnant. But rest assured, if I ever wanted to get pregnant again, or if my best friend was asking what to do, I’d 1000% tell her to try the diet for 6 weeks and then try the next month. It’s not like you have a lot to lose at this point (again-assuming it’s medically supervised).

I sincerely wish you all the best and hope your dreams all come true.


#2

Thank you for sharing your story, honey. I can relate to some point. Here’s my background leading me to ivf with donor egg. I was 40, dh -42 yrs old. Got married in 2013. ttc since 10/14. After a year of unsuccessful tyring I was diagnosed on pcos & blocked fallopian tubes. Dh was just ok. My amh results came in less than 3.2 which was extremelly low to count on. Both following ivfs in 2015 failed leaving me with my pains. I never saw the faintest of BFP with both ivfs. Doc suggested pgd as he suspected me of being a carrier of Wilson disease. Very rare treatable disorder. Our further step was using donor eggs. It took us 2 shots to get prego with them. Currently we’re into the same process again. Working for a sibling.:blush:May this very year bring us all success.


#3

So why has there been so much talk about the HCG diet? Perhaps it’s because the diet recommends severe calorie restriction. Typically just 500 to 800 calories a day. People who follow such a very low-calorie diet are likely to lose weight, at least in the short term. Some research has linked HCG weight-loss products to a possible increase in cancer risk. HCG might encourage the production of androgen cells, which could result in the growth of certain types of cancers. However, diets that so severely limit calories have risks, such as gallstone formation, irregular heartbeat, limited intake of vitamins and minerals, and an imbalance of electrolytes. Side effects have also been reported with the HCG diet and include fatigue, irritability, restlessness, depression, fluid buildup (edema), and swelling of the breasts in boys and men (gynecomastia). Another serious concern is the risk of blood clots forming and blocking blood vessels (thromboembolism). If weight loss is your goal, there are safer ways to lose weight. Talk with your doctor or other health care provider about how to make healthy changes that lead to permanent weight loss, such as eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.


#4

Very informative. Thank you. I’m with you, it’s definitely safer to consult a dr first before starting this diet. Actually every other diet. I’d recommend focusing on foods to avoid. Eating healthy with those restrictions will help in the long run. All the best!


#5

HCG is an important naturally occurring hormone for successful implantation and pregnancy. For some women struggling with infertility this hormone may not be properly produced and released. While a doctor may suggest use of a medically-assisted fertility treatment that includes HCG injections, she may want to first consider natural options for supporting hormone balance and spontaneous ovulation. Prior to considering ovulation inducing medications like HCG, it may be most beneficial for a woman to address the underlying issue preventing or delaying ovulation, in addition to supporting overall hormonal balance. This will help the body to improve hormone levels in order to promote ovulation and sustain pregnancy on its own. Medications are known to be fast acting, however most do not address the underlying imbalance. Medical professionals caution that HCG injections are medications and should only be used under the strict guidance of a qualified healthcare provider.


#6

At the top of the list of odd fad diets, the original form of the HCG diet has been widely discredited by scientists. The diet requires that you eat only 500 calories a day, supposedly as part of an effort to help reset your metabolism and change your abnormal eating patterns. The HCG diet also requires you to take a daily dose of the hormone. Available in injections, pellets, sprays, oral drops, and pills, HCG is the hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. This kind of speculation about HCG’s role in weight loss can be really dangerous. It’s sending a bad message to people because we don’t know for certain how HCG works. Another worry- many chronic diseases…
Among the approved foods:
Some fruits - imited oranges, strawberries, apples, and red grapefruit.
Non starchy vegetables - lettuce, celery, cabbage, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes.
Lean meat - chicken breast, lean ground beef, shrimp, lobster, and white fish.
To my dr’s point of view at biotex, it’s usually twice worthy asking a professional when planning for any sort of dieting etc. Hope this helps.