Human chorionic gonadotropin

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Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced during pregnancy.[1] Some tumors might produce this hormone. From December 6, 2011, the [FDA] (Food and Drug Administration) made illegal selling hCG diet products in pharmacies.

Controversy about injected hCG for weight loss started marketing campaign for injections of "homeopathic hCG"[2] for weight control. The ingredients in these products if prepared from true hCG via homeopathic dilution[3], will contain either no hCG at all or only small amount of it.

We can measure hCG level with Blood or urine tests. These can be done by pregnancy tests.

Below is a list of hCG levels during pregnancy. (LMP is the last menstrual period dated from the first day of your last period.) The level of hCG grows over the time during pregnancy.

weeks since LMP mIU/mL
3 5 – 50
4 5 – 426
5 18 – 7,340
6 1,080 – 56,500
7 – 8 7,650 – 229,000
9 – 12 25,700 – 288,000
13 – 16 13,300 – 254,000
17 – 24 4,060 – 165,400
25 – 40 3,640 – 117,000
Non-pregnant females <5.0
Postmenopausal females <9.5

References[change | change source]

  1. Cole, Laurence A (26 January 2009). "New discoveries on the biology and detection of human chorionic gonadotropin". Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology : RB&E 7: 8. doi:10.1186/1477-7827-7-8. PMC PMC2649930. PMID 19171054. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2649930/. 
  2. "HCG Injections and How it Can Give you Better Health, and a Better Life". nuimagemedical.com.
  3. "800 Calorie HCG Diet Food List - Loser2Ripped". https://www.loser2ripped.com/. External link in |website= (help)