Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or HCG, is a hormone produced by pregnant women during pregnancy. This hormone regulates every aspect of metabolism throughout pregnancy. The use of HCG in small amounts, in conjunction with a very low-calorie diet, has been found to assist both men and women in losing significant amounts of weight.
As with any weight loss plan, the use of this hormone is not without side effects and certain medications can interact with the hormone. The HCG diet is no exception. Many female dieters often ask whether or not they can take birth control pills.
Allowed or not allowed?
When it comes to the HCG diet, there are some restrictions that you need to adhere to. Failure to follow the plan will likely result in problems unless you make necessary changes quickly and deliberately to get back on track.
There is NO restriction to birth control pills on the HCG diet plan. You are allowed to take any type of birth control pills, devices, and any form of contraceptive method without having to worry about it harming your diet or making it more difficult for you to lose weight. In no way will it adversely affect you. Also, there are tons of women doing the HCG diet and many of them are on birth control pills, and they have no problems with it. Dr. Simeon, in fact, did not object to his patients using contraceptives while on the HCG injection. His exact words, “Sex hormones or cortisone in its various modern forms must be avoided, though oral contraceptives are permitted”. However, we still recommend that you consult first with your physician before you begin the protocol.
This will come as a relief to many female dieters, as some claim that HCG can increase their chances of getting pregnant. Some may refute this statement, but for those who would rather be on the safe side, taking birth control pills is a good thing.
If you are considering doing the HCG diet or simply researching the plan before making a final decision, it’s best to read the manuscript of Dr. Simeons first. It’s also best to follow the plan with the help of a physician, especially if it is your first time doing the diet. If you are interested in doing the HCG diet but worrying about being unable to keep up with your birth control regimen, don’t be. The use of birth control will not adversely affect you, nor your weight loss result.
Birth control pills and weight gain
There are various types of birth control and every woman will respond differently to each of them. Some hormonal pills have side effects that you should take into consideration such as bloating, water retention, and weight gain. The good news is that most people do not gain weight while on birth control. The use of hormonal pills, rings, and patches as well as IUDs won’t cause weight gain.