HCG injections are taken each day for a period of either 23 or 40 days [plus 3 days while the HCG is still in the body] depending on the amount of weight the patient desires to lose.
Those wishing to lose up to 20 lbs. or less normally undergo a diet treatment for 23 days with the 500 Calorie. Those patients that want to lose more than 20 lbs. normally undergo a diet treatment for 40 days. For those patients wanting to lose more than 35 lbs., the 40 day diet can be repeated after a 6 week resting period.
There is little or no physical reaction or pain with the HCG injections. The injection needle is tiny, only 31 gauge thin and only 1/2 inch long — the size of an insulin needle. That’s thinner than a strand of angle hair pasta and shorter than the width of a paper staple — if you can imagine that! The needle just penetrates the skin and enters your fat, but it is not long enough to reach a muscle.
HCG is not know to have any major side effects — remember it is a natural hormone produced during pregnancy. However, Dr. Simeons reports that there may be minor aches and a fluctuation in libido. Also, it has been reported to reduce headaches during a menstrual cycles as well as the lowering of blood pressure.
If you are taking other medications, consult with your Primary Care Physician before beginning a cycle of HCG. Your doctor can tell you whether HCG injections or tablets are the proper option for you.