HCG Drops Versus Injections - What Is the Better Option for You?

Weight loss is a dream for more than 39% of adults in the world right now because 39% of adults in the world are obese/overweight according to a report in 2016. [1] There are many ways to follow, but diet and exercise are thought to be the most effective and popular. But not all people who follow their diet and exercise strictly, get the results they want. There are different reasons behind that, which cannot be controlled by just following exercise and diet.

Most commonly there is some hormonal imbalance that does not let people achieve their goals. This led to the invention of hormonal treatment for weight loss. The most effective one of them is HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) treatment. Over the past few years, HCG has become one of the most popular weight loss methods because of the results it has shown. It helps your body to lose weight healthily and keep it off.

HCG drops

They can be bought over the counter or online without a prescription. HCG treatment is available in two different forms: injections and drops. These two (injections and drops) are very similar in function, but there are some small differences that we will discuss below so you can decide which one is right for you.

1. What is HCG, and what does it do?

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone that is produced by the Placenta of pregnant women.  It increases the production of another hormone called progesterone, which helps in maintaining the pregnancy. Progesterone helps in thickening the walls of the uterus and prevents menstruation, leading to a successful pregnancy. [2] Apart from this, HCG can perform several other functions too. One of the most important of them is aiding in weight reduction.

Many people use sublingual (under the tongue) homeopathic drops instead of injections to avoid injections.

People who want fast results may prefer injections over HCG Drops. This is because HCG injections have higher bioavailability in the blood as compared to oral drops. The ability of HCG treatment to suppress hunger cravings can be helpful when trying to maintain low-calorie diets, so the users don't regain any lost weight after completing treatment.

2. How do HCG Drops work?

HCG drops are the same as HCG injections. Both contain Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG works in a quiet natural way just like an indigenous hormone would. It mobilizes your fat cells and helps in reducing weight without muscle loss, hence helping in achieving lean body muscle mass. In addition to helping in mobilizing the fat cells, it also controls the satiety centers in the brain making you feel less hungry and decreasing the cravings for food. As mentioned above, HCG increases the level of progesterone in the body eventually helping in maintaining the pregnancy, and stops menstruation and further ovulation.

HCG drops are taken orally and come in a liquid form. You simply place them under your tongue and allow them to dissolve.

3. How do HCG Injections work?

HCG injections are administered with the help of a syringe and work the same way as HCG drops. HCG hormone is injected into the belly or buttock fat where it is absorbed into the blood  and moves to the receptors in the brain. [3] The main difference between drops and injections is that the drug is more effectively absorbed when injected as compared to the oral drops, resulting in more bioavailability and better results.

People who take HCG injections usually lose around 14 pounds over 26 weeks, and those who take HCG drops lose an average of four pounds over the same period. So, you’ll need to use your best judgment to determine which is best for you.

4. What Are The benefits of each method?

Both these methods have their benefits and drawbacks. When using drops to lose weight, it’s essential to know that they are water-soluble, meaning if you don't drink enough water while taking them, some of the drug might get wasted!  

HCG drops are considerably cheaper than injections - meaning they could be a more affordable choice for you in the long run. However, there are also several benefits of using injections over drops. 

The main advantage of injections is that you receive the recommended dose of HCG, and weight loss tends to be more consistent and according to your plans. Additionally, injections may be a good alternative if you're struggling with sticking to the Drops diet plan (or any diet).

5. What Are the Drawbacks of Each Method?

Every medicine you use has some untoward effects as well along with the benefits you take for it. If you think that HCG will not have any side effects it would just be a delusion, you are living in. While taking any medication you should try to weigh the benefits and side effects. If the benefits outweigh the side effects you are good to go and can start the treatment. So is the case with HCG, where it has a lot of benefits, it might have some side effects also, but its benefits are way more than the side effects. If you choose injections, the inconvenience of daily shots can bother you. Both HCG methods also carry a slight risk of side effects, such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

HCG drops of course have a taste that you must experience if you want to benefit from the treatment, and it can be awful at times just like the childhood memories of the most powerful cough syrup or antibiotics. Some people also find that they lose weight more slowly with drops. 

If you are considering using HCG to help you lose weight, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of each method and discuss it with your physician before making your decision. 

Talk to your doctor about which option would be best for you. Remember that whichever route you choose, HCG can be an effective tool in helping you reach your goal.

6. Who should use HCG Drops and who should use HCG Injections?

If you are looking to get stronger and bulk up, HCG Injections may be the better option for you. If weight loss is your goal, then HCG Drops may be a more beneficial product for you overall.

HCG Drops Usage 

  • The main reason that people choose this method of taking their HCGs is that it's easier on the budget than injections, and many find they still get good results from them even though they aren't as potent as injectable forms of HGC.
  • If you are working out hard and burning a lot of calories, you can increase the dose on days when you are more active; conversely, if you have a sedentary job, you may want to reduce your dosage on days when you don’t work out.

HCG Injection Usage 

  • HCG injections should be used by people who want to see faster results or those struggling with weight loss plateaus. 
  • Because they are much stronger than drops and provide an extra "kick" for those looking to lose some pounds in weight.
  • Injections also tend to suppress hunger better than drops do, which could be another advantage for those struggling to stick to a calorie-restricted diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I take HCG while breastfeeding?

  1. It is not known whether or not HCG is excreted in human breast milk. Neither human nor animal studies have been completed. Due to a potential risk to the infant, your doctor may suggest waiting to start HCG therapy until you stop breastfeeding.  [4]

Q. How can I speed up my results?

  1. Your body will reach the maximum rate of fat loss after about two weeks, so it's essential that you stick with your diet plan for at least this long before expecting major changes in your appearance. Many people find that continuing HCG while following a balanced diet and exercise routine helps maintain their new figure long-term.

Q. What are some possible side effects I might experience with the drops or injections?

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Mild headaches
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Tiredness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness, etc.

Takeaway

Now that you know the basics of HCG drops and injections, it is time to decide which option is best for you. Both options have pros and cons.

HCG drops are a popular choice because 

  • They are cheaper

  • They are easy to use 

  • No need for an expert to dispense the dose

  • No need for needle pricks. 

On the other hand, injections are a bit difficult to choose for your treatment because 

  • They are costly

  • Need needle pricks on a routine basis.

  • You need someone expert who can administer the dose 

However, despite these conns as compared to the drops, Injections have a bigger plus point of better results, that shift the pendulum to their way even being expensive and other difficulties cannot stand in that way. 

So, are HCG drops or injections better for you?

This question can be answered best by your physician depending upon your age, health, and the requirements of your body. So, it's highly recommended that you must visit your physician and explain your motives. And let the physician decide which treatment option would be best for you to start.

Citations

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  1. “HCG diet: Is it safe and effective?” Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/hcg-diet/faq-20058164  Accessed 23 November 2022.
  1. Grünebaum, Amos. “hCG While Pregnant and Breastfeeding.” babyMed, https://www.babymed.com/medications/profasi-and-pregnyl-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-hcg-during-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding#  Accessed 23 November 2022.
  1. “Human Chorionic Gonadotropin - StatPearls.” NCBI, 8 August 2022, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532950/  Accessed 23 November 2022.
  2. "Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, HCG injection.” Cleveland Clinic, 2021, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/drugs/18559-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-hcg-injection Accessed 23 November 2022.
About the author

Muhammad Faisal Umer, M.D.

University of Health Sciences, Lahore Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 2013-2019 Punjab College Bahawalpur 2010-2012 Ummul Qura Public School Matriculation 2008-2010


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