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- HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.
- HCG is a protein-based hormone produced in the human body.
- It is produced only during the early days, i.e. during the first trimester of pregnancy.
- A group of cells that will later go on to form the placenta, through which the fetus derives its nutrition, produces the hormone HCG.
- HCG can be detected in the blood after 11 days post conceiving and after another 12 to 14 days in the urine.
- Levels of HCG decrease from the second trimester of pregnancy.
- Low or decreasing levels of HCG can indicate a false pregnancy, possible miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy and an increasing level, almost double the rate may indicate the possibility of having twins, molar pregnancy or yet again a false pregnancy.
- HCG stimulates the production of other pregnancy hormones like progesterone and estrogens that is required during the course of pregnancy.
- Presence and levels of HCG are the causative factors for morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy.
- HCG when taken in high levels, can be used to treat fertility issues in men and women by triggering the production of sperm in men and initiating ovulation in women.
- HCG can also help in producing hormones that can assist the body with digestion, metabolism, liver functions and much more.
- These days, HCG is being extensively used as a part of weight reduction diets, commonly known as the HCG diets. This dies consists of a low-calorie diet, about 500 calories, that consist of food rich in proteins but low in fat and carbohydrates for a minimum duration of about 4 to 6 weeks, during which the person has injected with HCG hormone daily.