HCG

Dr. G's Weightloss

Medical Weight Loss Clinic located in Harrisburg, PA

The effectiveness of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) for weight loss often comes up for debate, but one thing is certain: It’s a very popular supplement. If you’ve heard the hype and want to know if hCG can help you during your weight loss journey, it’s best to consult first with your provider at Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They offer hCG as a supplement for many weight loss plans. If you’re interested in learning more or finding out if it’s a good option for you, call or schedule an appointment online today.

HCG Q & A

What is hCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone secreted in high amounts by women who are pregnant. It’s FDA-approved as both a fertility drug and an endocrine drug, but its effects for weight loss aren’t definitively proven and it hasn’t been FDA-approved for this purpose.

However, many report seeing benefits from using hCG injections alongside weight loss therapies or diets. It’s important not to get this principle confused with the hCG diet, which is highly restrictive and dangerous to your health. With a physician-supervised, personalized diet, the true benefits of hCG can show.

What are the Benefits of hCG?

Even though hCG isn’t proven effective for weight loss, there are several possible positive benefits that keep people coming back. hCG may:

  • Regulate or suppress your appetite
  • Speed up your metabolism
  • Increase testosterone (more in men)
  • Regulate estrogen and progesterone levels


Your provider works with you to determine if hCG is a good tool to use in your personalized weight loss plan. If you begin to experience one or more of the above benefits, perhaps hCG is to thank.

What are the Risks of hCG?

Before adding hCG to your weight loss regimen, however, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks. First of all, you won’t be able to use it if you’re pregnant because your body is already producing high levels of the hormone and too much of it can cause birth defects. If you aren’t pregnant or trying to conceive, possible side effects of hCG include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Growth of breasts in men
  • Possible allergic reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Rupture of the ovaries in women


Because of the risks, you should keep in close contact with your provider at Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness as long as you’re using hCG in your weight loss plan. If serious side effects begin to show, it may not be a good option for you.

If you’re interested in learning more about the possible benefits of hCG as a dietary aid, call or schedule an appointment online at Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, today.