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Are There Different HCG Side Effects for Males?

Are There Different HCG Side Effects for Males?

Different HCG Side Effects for Males

Some people who are interested in the HCG Diet have expressed concern that there may be different HCG side effects for males compared to women, since the hormone is produced only during pregnancy. The truth is that the hormone is perfectly safe for both men and women to use as a dietary supplement as long as it has been prescribed and the person has been screened for the diet and for use of the hormone. There are no different side effects for males, and there are no concerns about sexual side effects or any other major side effects at the very low dose that is used for the diet of about 150 to 200 IU per day maximum. It has been proven to be a safe and useful weight loss aid for men.

HCG may have several positive side effects for men

The hormone actually has several potentially positive effects for men, one of them being increased testosterone production. HCG therapy is sometimes used by medical providers as a way to naturally increase testosterone levels. The hormone is similar to luteinizing hormone (LH) which is produced naturally in both men and women. In males, LH stimulates the production of testosterone in the Leydig cells. Since it has a similar effect as LH, it boosts testosterone production for men naturally and it may also increase sperm counts, making it an effective fertility treatment. It is sometimes used by bodybuilders to restore normal testosterone levels, and it may have use for anti-aging treatments.

It can be used as a fertility treatment for men

Although the hormone is not normally used as a main fertility treatment for men it most definitely can be used in some cases, and some medical clinics actually prefer to use it as a main fertility treatment. Since it increases sperm and testosterone production, it may also increase libido and improve fertility for men. Some clinics will use the hormone in conjunction with other fertility treatments, or HCG may be used by itself as a main fertility treatment. The results are usually positive; most men experience a positive effect in their libido, energy levels, and in most cases their testosterone levels will increase a little when they start taking HCG on a regular basis for a brief period of time.

The HCG diet can help men reset their hormones

The resulting natural testosterone boost can have a positive effect on mood and increase energy levels. The human chorionic gonadotropin diet is one of the best diets for men to reduce obesity and get to a normal body fat percentage. Many men who have a weight issue have a disrupted hormone balance. They usually have very high estrogen levels (for a male) and relatively low testosterone levels. This is because body fat actually influences the production of hormones in the body, and low testosterone levels can certainly be one of the causes for weight gain and muscle loss. Men who take human chorionic gonadotropin, particularly while on the HCG diet, can reset their natural hormone levels, because a reduction in body fat almost always results in increased testosterone production for men. The hormone itself increases testosterone as well. Men who believe that they may have a hormone deficiency should get a blood hormone test before and after the diet and notice if there are any chances, and also making dietary changes such as avoiding processed foods and carbohydrates is important for maintaining healthy hormone levels.

The hormone is only used for a brief period of time

It is not clear whether or not the hormone should be used for an extended period of time, but it is likely to be safe to do so, since there have been no problems with the short term use of the hormone. The vast majority if not all of the medically approved uses of the hormone, including the diet, involve using it for a brief period of time and for no longer than two months. Long term use of the hormone is usually not recommended, and the same holds true for many different hormone therapies including testosterone, estrogen and human growth hormone. The most important consideration when it comes to the safety of the treatment is the quality of the hormone and the oversight of licensed medical professionals.

The hormone results in fast weight loss for both men and women

Men and women both experience the same type of rapid weight loss when they use the hormone in conjunction with a medically supervised low calorie diet. The weight loss occurs at the same rate for both men and women and up to seven pounds of body fat may be lost per week on the diet. The calorie limits are also the same for both men and women, and the hormone metabolizes fat at the same speed. Up to 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day of abnormal body fat may be burned for energy, and even though men may have higher caloric requirements, the hormone ensures that their energy needs are fully met while they are on the very low calorie diet.

Side effects during the first week are the same for men and women

There are a few side effects from the diet during the first week of the diet, but these side effects are not due to the hormone, instead they are the result of the body switching to a fat burning metabolic state. The side effects may also be the result of the detoxification effect that the diet has. Some of the side effects may include fatigue, dizziness, cramps, headaches, nausea, and cold-like symptoms, but these side effects will go away within a few days or sooner, and will subside around the end of the first week on the diet. Side effects that last longer than this should be reported to the medical professional overseeing the diet, but the vast majority of people will not experience side effects for longer than a few days.Many side effects on the diet are beneficial Aside from a few negative side effects that may occur during the first week and often never occur at all, there are several positive side effects that both men and women usually experience. During the first week of the diet many people will experience a boost in energy levels and a higher level of mental clarity than before. The energy level boost may result from the release of toxins and by reverting to a more natural diet. The body's natural fat metabolism is also boosted throughout the diet, and this effect will maintain itself after the diet is over, provided that the critical Phase 3 of the diet is completed correctly and that the transition back to a normal diet is done properly (avoiding grains, sugars, and starches).

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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