Can fertility hormone injections really help you lose weight?

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HCG injections are increasing in popularity every day in the USA. The daily injection of hCG is combined with a 500 calorie a day diet. The claim is that it ensures the user loses weight in all the right places without draining them of energy or resulting in hunger pangs.
The treatment costs between £530-£715 per month on average. Due to the high cost, women are sourcing the treatment privately via the internet and administering it themselves. The treatment is easily obtainable in the UK via the internet, and very little guidance or safety information is provided online.

There are many risks associated with this. The most obvious is the risk that the hCG could be something entirely different, for example water, or could be infected with proteins which cause mad cow disease. Then there are the side effects and risks associated with using such a substance. These include hair loss, headaches, loss of libido, blood clots, depression, breast tenderness and also the risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Ironically one of the symptoms of OHSS is weight gain!

HCG injections are not recommended by medical experts in the UK. Weight loss experts have stated that such extreme dieting is not healthy and not sustainable, and more worryingly can increase the risk of cancer, miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. 
So are you willing to risk serious side effects in exchange for losing weight quickly? Apparently many women are, however I wouldn’t risk it. There are far healthier ways to lose weight.

Gemma Bailey, Solicitor

Clinical Negligence

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