How to Test hCG with a Pregnancy Test

UPDATE: While hCG CAN register on a pregnancy test, I no longer view it as reliable, and I explain why in detail with a very good example here:
An IMPORTANT message to my readers about Real Prescription hCG

I just wanna show you really quick. This is the little pregnancy test that you can find at the dollar store. Usually when you stand in line they have a bunch of them there and they’re literally only a dollar and I just tested in my human chorionic gonadotropin this morning to double check so I’m gonna show it to you guys. See how there’s 2 lines there? So that shows that it is positive it’s a good idea to check that when in doubt. I wanna show you how much hormone I used to test it. I ended up using I think about just like 10 units. It didn’t take very much. It’s possible that took out 1 dose from me I’m not sure yet since I’m mixing in small 2000ius batches I’ll find that out but for me it was worth knowing that I do have a positive on pregnancy test. Anyway that’s how you do it, it’s really easy and really cheap way to test it.

Alright just wanna show you guys again. There is the 2 lines, right here is the dropper window that I put the 10 unit or so of hormone and the second line actually came up almost right away as the liquid you know went from across and it took a little bit to get wet and then it showed up

Ok guys I just wanna show you I tested my human chorionic gonadotropin again today. Today is the VLCD day 6 so I’ve been using it for a total of 8 days now if you include loading. And as you can see there’s plainly 2 strong lines so the hormone is still very well effective and you won’t normally need to check it this soon. I just wanted to check it myself and anyway just wanna show you how obvious it can be. This are just the little dollar store pregnancy test just to compare, I’ll show you my phone so you can see how small it is. It’s not like those big ones that you often buy at target, their really tiny and you only need a little bit of the hormone in this little window here in order to get the results which is what’s nice cause you know we don’t really have much of the hormone to waste so that’s why these are perfect and their only a dollar each.

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The best way to know if your HCG is potent is by testing it.  How?  With a pregnancy test!  You can get these cheaply at the dollar store and these dollar store tests are the perfect size for using without wasting too much of your precious hormone solution in the process.  The dollar store pregnancy tests have a tiny window that you can use one of your HCG Injections to drop just a few drops of hormone into, and in no time, you’ll find out if your hormone test positive or negative (you want a positive by the way!)

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— Update: 14-03-2023 — found an additional article Is the hCG Diet Effective—and Safe? from the website for the keyword hcg diet pregnancy test.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that's normally produced by women during pregnancy. Because it is purported to have fat-burning qualities, it is also the foundation of the so-called “hCG diet,” which proponents claim can result in dramatic weight loss. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, considers hCG products for weight loss ineffective, unsafe, and illegal. Any weight loss that one may experience when on the hCG diet is owed to severe caloric restriction, which itself poses serious concerns.

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What Is hCG?

hCG is produced by the placenta early in pregnancy and excreted in the urine, making it responsible for a positive result on a home pregnancy test. Its main function is to make the uterus hospitable for a growing fetus.

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But hCG can also increase metabolism and mobilize the burning of fat to ensure that energy is provided to the developing fetus, as well as to protect the pregnancy even if the mother is facing a situation of starvation or is only able to get limited calories. It is this function that has sparked interest in the hormone's use for weight loss purposes.

hCG is also used at high doses to treat infertility.

The Theory Behind hCG for Weight Loss

Generally, the hCG protocol is straightforward. You follow a 20- or 40-day cycle of using hCG supplementation, along with a very low-calorie diet composed of very specific foods (lean protein, vegetables, bread, and fruit) and lots of water; butter, oils, and sugar are to be avoided.

Proponents claim that this stimulates the hypothalamus and triggers the burn-off of stored fat without the normal side effects of a low-calorie diet, such as hunger or headaches.

This, however, is entirely rooted in conjecture.

Is the hCG Protocol Effective?

Simply put, no. The hCG diet, which has been around since the 1950s, has been tested in several randomized clinical trials. The results of these trials have clearly demonstrated that hCG administration added to a very low-calorie diet does not improve weight loss when compared to the very low-calorie diet alone. So, the use of hCG does not improve weight loss at all.

It's also important to note that while hCG is prescribed for and has approval from the FDA as a fertility treatment, its use as a weight-loss treatment is considered “off-label.”

The FDA requires physicians to advise patients that hCG has not been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for weight loss. Since 1975, the FDA has required labeling and advertising of HCG to state:

“HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”

Is hCG Safe?

High-dose hCG for fertility treatments can result in ovarian hyperstimulation and rupture of ovarian cysts, among other problems. The doses used for fertility treatment, typically 5,000 to 10,000 IU are, however, much higher than the 125 IU a day typically used in the hCG protocol.

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Furthermore, health food stores and online retailers sell homeopathic products that claim to contain hCG, but in fact do not. These products are not regulated and there is no proof they are safe. In fact, the FDA has deemed it illegal to sell these products.

Real HCG is administered as a fertility drug in the form of injections and is available only through a healthcare provider's prescription. Homeopathic products sold online do not contain HCG and therefore cannot raise blood levels of the hormone.

The FDA has received reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of hCG injections for weight loss including pulmonary embolism, depression, cerebrovascular issues, cardiac arrest, and death. 

Still, there are healthcare providers who are comfortable prescribing hCG injections for weight loss. They have different safety guidelines that they themselves follow, but in general, hCG administration is especially risky in people with any of the following conditions or circumstances:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer or a history of cancer
  • Gout or a history of gout
  • History of epilepsy
  • History of kidney disease

A Word From Verywell

The hCG diet is a fad diet whose claims have been disproven in randomized clinical trials. Both the administration of hCG and the use of ultra-low-calorie diets have been associated with substantial medical risk. Furthermore, the FDA has issued strong statements to the effect that the diet is unsafe, and that homeopathic hCG products are illegal.

This is not a diet that should be used by anyone. If you are trying to lose weight and having difficulty, speak with your healthcare provider and/or a nutritionist for guidance.


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