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What is HCG?

HCG is the acronym for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, which is a hormone that is present in the female body during early pregnancy at elevated levels. The placenta of the pregnant woman makes the HCG hormone. Presence of HCG in the blood stream is an indication of pregnancy and is used as a marker in both laboratory and home pregnancy tests.

What are the functions of HCG?

  • HCG is known for treating issues of fertility in both men and women. In females, HCG initiates ovulations when present at high levels, that is, more than 10,000 IU. Hence, HCG is used to treat women with ovulatory disorders. In males, HCG triggers sperm production by increasing the production of testosterone, when present at high levels. Hence, HCG is used to treat men who have a low sperm count.
  • HCG also acts as a catalyst, which helps in stimulating the production of other useful hormones in the body, which in turn can affect the metabolism, digestion, muscle tissue, and liver functions of the body.
  • HCG also stimulates certain precursor hormones, namely the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) in the body.

How does HCG work in the body?

HCG is a protein hormone that is produced during the initial days of pregnancy, hence its presence confirms that a woman has conceived.

  • During the first few days of pregnancy, that is the first trimester to be precise, HCG is present in large quantities and is required for the maintenance of a layer called the corpus luteum, which is used to produce other pregnancy-related hormones such as progesterone and estrogens, which are vital for the embryo and foetal development.
  • The levels of HCG begin to decrease after the first three months of pregnancy, that is, during the second trimester. The presence of HCG hormone in the body allows fat absorption, thus aiding metabolism, which is essential to produce energy that is required by both the mother and the developing fetus.

When HCG is used as a means to reduce weight, care should be taken as to the amounts of HCG used, as only a very small amount is required.

Nowadays, you can find HCG products available at retail shops and even on online platforms in the form of oral drops, sprays, and pellets. I got my HCG drops here.

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With a wide variety of home health testing kits, we can perform all the tests right from the comfort of our home. These are not only convenient because we can use it at home but are also less expensive, time saving and easy to use. These can be found at a local drug store and are also available online.

Some of the home testing kits are:

  • HIV testing kit
  • Allergy testing kit
  • Cholesterol testing kit
  • Thyroid testing kit
  • STD testing kit
  • Blood pressure testing kit

All these testing kits come with instruction manual inside the package that help in understanding the use of these. Step by step instructions are provided on how to administer blood or urine samples. This also includes all the information about that particular health problem and also has instructions in many other languages. However, these over the counter tests now available, like any other medical tests, are not foolproof, therefore it is important to follow up with your doctors to get a proper check up to make sure which tests are necessary.

The first testing kit was home pregnancy testing kit which became popular very soon and there after many other kits were introduced to monitor your blood sugar, HIV, cancer, ovulation, urinary tract infections and many more. Even though these home testing kits are used to test and get results instantaneously, only some of these give u result immediately while some of these kits collect samples and the samples are later on sent to Labs to be further tested. One of the other reason why this has become very popular is because these tests are anonymous. Even though the samples are collected, only a personal identification number is needs to be entered to get the results. There is also a debate that many of these kits are not accurate if not done correctly. but because everyone is eager to determine health problems at early stage these are becoming more and more popular.

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