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A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Focus on food > fads: After reviewing the scant data from the present HCG diet and the one in the 70s, i still believe a reproductive endocrinologist can comment best on effects of hcg. Wrt being on the diet when ttc or pregnant, i say avoid lo-cal. There are few times in life when diet matters more. The goal is to have the healthiest body for the healthiest baby. Eating 3 toxin-free balanced meals with snacks is best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Hcg blood tests are highly sensitive. If they keep coming back negative they are negative. ...Read more
Not likely: Just like HCG drops have no proven clinical evidence that is does anything beneficial, the same is true for "hcg hormone free drops". These are all food supplements with no proven benefit, and are generally a waste of money. The most important part of any weight loss program is following a calorie restricted diet and doing exercise. ...Read more
Can an ovulation test really detect the hCG hormone as well. Why would an OPK show up positive several days after certain ovulation?
Yes: There are two subunits in fsh, lh and HCG so there is some crossreaction in the kit. The kit is used to detect lh, but it can also detect some hcg. I would not expect to see any HCG a few days after ovulation so i suspect it is just picking up leftover lh. If you were pregnant and used the ovulation kit a few days before your missed menses, it would be postitive. ...Read more
Is it possible for a beta hCG to be wrong--by that i mean to actually be pregnant but the hormone not detected? Does it happen even tho not likely?
Any test can b wrong: Most likely, however, a beta HCG test is correct. Urine tests are less reliable early on in pregnancy, but blood tests are usually right on. That's why we use the (for sure) blood test as a backup for the (pretty for sure) urine test. Of course, there may be any cross-reactivity or contamination of any test rendering it inaccurate, but the chances of that happening are remote. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer