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The American Society of Bariatric Physicians

The American Society of Bariatric Physicians issued a position statement in 2009, which stated:

Numerous clinical trials have shown HCG to be ineffectual in producing weight loss. HCG
injections can induce a slight increase in muscle mass in androgen-deficient males. The diet used in the Simeons method provides a lower protein intake than is advisable in view of current
knowledge and practice. There are few medical literature reports favorable to the Simeons
method; the overwhelming majority of medical reports are critical of it. Physicians employing
either the HCG or the diet recommended by Simeons may expose themselves to criticism from
other physicians, from insurers, or from government bodies.

HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

Generic Name: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)
Brand Names: Novarel, Ovidrel, Profasi, Pregnyl, Dinaron, Endocorion, Gonacor, Ovitrelle, Choragon, Choriomon, Corion, Pubergen, APL, Gonic, Novarel, Choron, Oral HCG, Releana, Uni, Hucog, Organon, Lupi, Chorex, Pregnyl IM, Ovidac, Zykog, Sigma, High Purity, Kizer



HCG levels are easily measured in the blood or urine. In the U.S., this is most commonly, done as a pregnancy test, which are so simple they can be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy or drugstore. Testing for HCG is also used to help diagnose and monitor tumors and gestational trophoblastic disease.

  • Urine tests have published detection thresholds that range from 20 to 100 mIU/ml, depending on the brand. More accurate results are obtained using the first urine of the morning - (when HCG levels are highest. When the urine is dilute (specific gravity less than 1.015), the HCG concentrations may not be representative of the blood concentration, and the test may be falsely negative.
  • The serum test, using 2-4 mL of venous blood, is typically a chemiluminescent or fluorimetric immunoassay detects HCG levels as low as 5 mIU/ml. The ability to quantitate the βhCG level is useful in the monitoring germ cell and trophoblastic tumors, followup care after miscarriage, and in diagnosis of and follow-up care after treatment of ectopic pregnancy.

As pregnancy tests, quantitative blood tests and the most sensitive urine tests usually detect HCG between 6 to 12 days after ovulation.

HCG levels are also a component of the triple test, a screening test for certain fetal chromosomal abnormalities/birth defects.

Reference levels

The following is a list of serum hCG levels. (LMP is the last menstrual period.)

  • 3 weeks since LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml
  • 4 weeks since LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml
  • 5 weeks since LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
  • 6 weeks since LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
  • 7 – 8 weeks since LMP: 7,650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
  • 9 – 12 weeks since LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml
  • 13 – 16 weeks since LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml
  • 17 – 24 weeks since LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml
  • 25 – 40 weeks since LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml
  • Non-pregnant females: <5.0 mIU/ml
  • Postmenopausal females: <9.5 mIU/ml


WARNING: some of the HCG SIDE EFECTS may be life-threatening!!

Learn more about the dangers of HCG

HCG Side Effects in Women | HCG Side Effects in Men | HCG Side Effects in Children | HCG Diet Dangers

HCG acts as the luteinizing hormone in women as it assists the corpus luteum in releasing progesterone that is crucial in preparing the lining of the uterus of uterine for implantation. <Read More>
HCG may be prescribed for men in the treatment of low testosterone, also known as "Low T", low sperm counts and undescended testicles in young men. <Read More>

The American Society of Bariatric Physicians issued a position statement on HCG in 2009. <Read More>
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required labeling and advertising of HCG. <Read More>