Original email for context: I’m wondering what information you have about taking hcg injections when your hormones are off balance? I just turned 52 and had my first missed period in September and again in October. I am officially in peri-menopause. Hot flashes and night sweats are in motion. I had always had a regular period minus pregnancies beforehand. I also can tell my body has gone into strange mode these past two months because previous to starting the injections on Saturday, I had been trying to diet for a couple of weeks and the pounds were NOT coming off like they used to. It’s been different! So I’m wondering if the hcg hormone is going to make me gain even if I stick by the protocol exactly. So far I’m feeling bloated as hell. But I thought it was due to the gorging. Day one of the low cal I haven’t been hungry but still feel bloated.
I don’t know a ton on this topic but I’ll share whatever I can think of.
First of all, I get emails from women in these seasons of life all the time and most of them successfully lose weight with the hCG Diet – so as a standard, the hCG protocol should still work just fine for you for weight loss.
My first thought is that you may have to try different dosages this time- from my research, some women in this season of life are actually producing higher than usual amounts of hCG in their systems naturally as this article states – apparently this is one of the actual causes of some of the perimenopausal symptoms (very similar to pregnancy symptoms!) It can even cause a false-positive on a pregnancy test for some women!
So even though you are not hungry so far today on your first day of VLCD, you still may want to try adjusting to a lower dosage and see if you feel any better symptom wise to compensate for this possible fact that you already may have some hCG circulating in your system – as long as it doesn’t also cause you hunger to do so. You could just test it out and see – in my hCG dosage article I have a section on how women in this season sometimes need a lower dosing than the typical lowest dosing that’s usually used (125iu) – for women like you might actually need as low as 80-90ius instead, depending.
I know menopause and postmenopause is different from perimenopause, but you might want to check out the interviews I’ve put in one place all of women in menopause because there is some crossover and their tips might help you- this article also discusses the lower hCG dosing possibility in more detail:
I also want to just pass this other post on, in case it helps you navigate this new journey – I know hormone levels do indeed change, fluctuate, and get out of whack during this time – this article has some of my favorite website resources for navigating hormone imbalance:
I’m sorry that I don’t know more than this at this time!