hCG Injections have elminated all of my PCOS symptoms
In September of 2010, my OB/GYN referred me to a company here in our town that does hCG injections for weight loss purposes.
With PCOS and struggling with weight loss for quite some time now, I was interested. I spoke with the Dr. at the clinic and was given a lot of useful information about the treatment. I ended up starting the shot.
I have gone from 205 pounds to 155 pounds. I have more I plan to lose, but I have made magnificent progress.
Not only have I defeated the weight loss; but I no longer have the pain from the cysts, I have a regular period every month right on time, and I have not noticed anymore unwanted hair growth.
I have found success with this treatment.
Have you ever heard of this treatment giving results? Have any of you ever used it before?
When my husband gets home from Afghanistan, we will be trying for a baby. I hope we finally have beaten this disease and we can now fulfill our life with a baby. Good luck to all.
Editor's comments: Hi Stephanie, congrats on your weight loss, and the reduction of PCOS symptoms. Weight loss has a profound beneficial effect on all other symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.
I've heard about the use of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) but don't know very much about it.
I have an extremely overweight friend (non-PCOS) who was raving about it when she started hCG treatment. After some initial favorable results, she has regained all the weight she lost, and then some.
The success of hCG treatment for weight loss over the longer term appears to be contingent upon the continued use of a rather severe calorie-restricted diet.
hCG is a hormone. A person should always be a little cautious when introducing exogenous hormones into the body. Hormones are powerful, very powerful. All options should be considered before resorting to hormone therapy.
For overweight women with PCOS and insulin resistance, there is the possibility of OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) resulting from hCG injections. This is a potentially serious medical condition you want to avoid. I've seen a couple of reports suggesting that the presence of insulin resistance increases the risk of OHSS when hCG is injected.
Therefore I would recommend a person be evaluated for insulin resistance before proceeding with hCG injection therapy. Personally, I would want to correct the insulin resistance problem before resorting to hCG. Insulin resistance is a prime driver of weight gain and obesity.
Coincidentally, a hCG diet may also reduce insulin resistance. Maybe that is one of the reasons why it works in some people.
But it feels to me that doing hCG before reducing insulin resistance is putting the cart before the horse.
Bear in mind that women with PCOS who are overweight are very likely to have insulin resistance.
Secondly, bear in mind that many women have suboptimal thyroid function. Since your thyroid governs your metabolic rate, it makes sense to evaluate and optimize your thyroid function before resorting to hcG. It is incredibly difficult to lose weight and keep it off if you have hypothyroidism.
And finally, does hCG actually work? I'm sure it does in some cases. In your case, it is obviously working so far.
But the medical research is not compelling.
For example, a medical study in 1995 from Vrije University in the Netherlands said: "We conclude that there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss or fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being."
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1990 concluded: "Subjects receiving HCG injections showed no advantages over those on placebo in respect of any of the variables recorded. Furthermore, weight loss on our diet was similar to that on severely restricted intake. We conclude that there is no rationale for the use of HCG injections in the treatment of obesity."
There may be some favorable studies out there, but I haven't seen them.