Learn First, Buy Later. Seriously.
I’m passionate about this protocol and using quality hCG – the real hormone – because I myself lost 50 lbs this way. But what matters even more is that the weight is GONE FOR GOOD. It’s been almost 4 years now since my final round on this protocol. The changes I’ve made in my life are permanent.
This is for you if…
you already know you are definitely going to be buying hCG, but have been confused about what to look for when deciding where and what to buy. Once you’ve gone through this, you can check out hCG purchasing options here.
You might have an anxious sensation inside making you feel like you need to purchase hCG right this instant or you’ll never get thin-
take a step back, read this, THEN make a decision- an informed one.
Seriously- you can wait an extra 5 minutes to start your weight loss journey right? Believe me, it will be well worth it.
The reason I felt this article might be helpful to you guys is I get a lot of people having trouble on this protocol and I find out they are taking drops from walmart. The thing is, the real hCG hormone is a prescription product, so whatever is being sold at walmart or the GNC health store, is not actually hCG. The only way to get real, pharmaceutical hCG is either
1. through a weight loss clinic near you, or
2. certain online companies that have set themselves up to be able to legally offer telehealth services (which are few). This is the route that most people purchasing real hCG injections or drops these days go.
Because there is so much confusion and misinformation out there, a lot of people think they are doing the true hCG diet, but in reality, they are missing the most important aspect of it, which is the actual hCG hormone itself. As a result, I think this is one reason that many do this diet but not very many are maintaining the weight loss.
And that’s what my blog is all about helping you to do. Weight loss is really pretty pointless unless there is a way to maintain it and move on with your life.
I 100% believe that this hormone is a not a placebo effect and that it truly does 1. spare muscle, 2. take away hunger, and 3. allow for very fast and efficient fat loss, not just water weight. Missing out on the actual hormone, while eating only 500 calories a day for several weeks, I feel may be the cause of many having trouble on this protocol.
I have maintained my own weight loss from hCG that you see here for almost 4 years now– I feel the following is really important if you want to do the same.
Answers to these topics:
- Why real hCG should come as unmixed powder/tablet
- Why refrigeration of mixed hCG is a must
- How does the whole prescription online thing work?
- Simplest/Highest quality hCG options
- Cheapest hCG option
- Choosing what amount to buy – Injections and Drops
- Vials of hCG explained
- Needles and Syringes for HCG explained
- Where I Injected
- What about prescription Drops?
- What about prescription HCG pellets?
You can now see a growing library of videos of me AT a pharmacy, with a real live pharmacist explaining the process of making hCG ready for injections.
Real HCG should come in Unmixed POWDER FORM
Why is this?
Because once you mix up the hCG into a liquid solution, the potency of that hCG is now effectively on a potency countdown– how viable it is- that is- how “capable of working” it is, is now limited by time- in the case of hCG, it’s usually of good quality for 3-4 weeks once you have mixed it.
It CAN last longer than this from what I’ve read round and about, but I wouldn’t personally count on this- it may or may not degrade fast enough past the 3-4 week mark to start causing you problems- ie hunger, bad weight loss etc- since it’s hard to be positive, I find it best to just only use it for the length of time that I can be SURE it will last for. Too often I see people decide to just live with all of a sudden feeling starving on hCG meaning their hCG has most likely gone bad as if it won’t make a difference but if that’s the case, why not just take a placebo? Why did you spend a couple hundred bucks in the first place? This stuff really does work so make sure you’re actually using live hCG.
As such, the sources that I recommend on my buy hcg page ONLY offer hCG in powder form- this is in contrast to many many sites out there selling liquid hCG, bottles with no hCG but supposed “hcg activators” etc.
The vial you get will look something similar to this (this particular one is from NuImage Medical):
This is a big deal.
If you are going to use hCG that is supposed to be real, but has been premixed and not refrigerated during shipping (see next point), I guess I feel like you really might as well save your money and do some other diet. Do some other diet because this diet is not meant to be done without hCG. Far too often we as women care more about just getting that scale to move down than about what we’re actually losing- you want to lose fat not muscle– there are ever so many reasons why this is so important- some of which I discuss here and my take on non-hormone hCG.
Note: the powder may come pressed into a “tablet” that will disintegrate as you mix it- this is fine.
Once mixed, KEEP IN FRIDGE AT ALL TIMES.
Again, once hCG is mixed, it becomes like a very sensitive woman that you need to treat carefully- if you leave mixed hCG out of the fridge for even several hours it can quickly totally degrade, after which it won’t do what it needs to do in your body- mainly, take away hunger and allow that proper amount of fat loss vs. losing more muscle etc. One of my hCG Interviewees from Episode 7 has a story to tell about this.
This is a big deal.
How Do I Actually GET the hCG When I Don’t Have a Prescription?
When you purchase through either of the three U.S. companies mentioned below, you get BOTH your prescription and hCG together through that company– it’s called telehealth- they each have a real bonafide Doctor as part of the medical staff- you are required to fill out a medical intake form (it’s not long) and they will approve it if you qualify (if you’re overweight, there’s not much worry there) and call if you if they have additional questions, after which point, a U.S. compounding pharmacy they have partnered with will mail your hCG package whether it’s injections, rx drops, or rx pellets. It will contain everything you need for the diet (except food). HCG, mixing solution, mixing syringes, and daily dosage syringes (if doing injections) – it all comes in the price of the kit.
All this can happen quite quickly and you can have your hCG within a few days when it’s timed right.
From the overseas company as well, it is said at least, that there is a doctor going over the medical intake form they have you fill out- whether or not this is true I cannot confirm because I don’t live in India and I can’t actually check on them. Regardless, the idea is that you are getting your prescription through Escrow refills when you pay for hCG through them.
Simplest/Highest Quality: Buying HCG From/Made in the United States
Advantages to U.S. Made hCG:
- 3 simple choices, you select one, and you receive a whole “kit” that contains pretty much everything you need – the hCG and all mixing/dosing supplies – they do this so that it’s easy and you don’t have to start doing math…….
- US Made hCG is REGULATED. What does this mean? It means the facilities that the prescription hCG is made in, compounding pharmacies, have strict rules they have to live up to that are enforced by state officials. This means a lower risk of there being anything we need to question- we don’t have to wonder if there are any issues with it being made in a sterile environment or if it could be contaminated in some way. A huge comfort when you’re injecting something into your body.
- Shipping is fast. You can get your order pretty quickly since it’s coming from within the states- usually within a few business days. Note, occasionally, there are delays like in January when everyone is starting a diet and there is a flood of orders, but most of the time, you can get your order in a pretty timely fashion.
You can see all the benefits I’ve mentioned here.
Cheapest: Buying HCG From/Made Overseas
The advantage to getting your hCG from overseas is: the cost.
It’s simply cheaper to purchase hCG made overseas. Does it work? Well, it did for me – I used hCG from overseas for the majority of my 50 lb weight loss. I feel it produced the effect it should have- good hunger management and good fat loss.
This was before there were US sources online. If I needed to lose weight again? I probably would spring for the US made hCG, which is what I did for my final round of the diet.
Why Would I Use U.S. Made hCG If I Could Repeat?
Honestly, it took me awhile to come around to this conclusion. For a long time I was continuing to say that I felt like overseas hCG was equal in quality and had no problem encouraging it’s use. That changed for me after I visited a couple pharmacies in person and had the pharmacist explain why it’s so imperative for injectable goods to be sterile and no bacteria from poor practices is a problem. This is because when you inject something in your body, you are bypassing most of your body’s defense mechanisms. So you could get very very sick if you inject something contaminated with bacteria.
Am I making a bigger deal than this than I need to? Maybe. After all, I did 4 rounds with overseas hCG and didn’t get sick. So have many others. But I’m at the point now after learning the details where I feel like, yeah, I didn’t get sick….luckily. It’s worth an extra hundred bucks for what’s at stake in my opinion now.
Basically, there are regulations here in the U.S. that compounding pharmacies have to follow– so you can be more confident you are getting a quality product that has not been contaminated in anyway. When you buy from overseas however, there are no such regulations. There’s just no way to be SURE that the product we’re getting overseas is clear in every way. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t use it, but I guess you could say there is a higher risk involved than using hCG made in the U.S., so now that there is a more reliable option, I’d go with that.
An example of how regulations can play a role is with Olive Oil- it appears that a larger percentage of olive oils that are imported from other countries are adulterated with other cheaper oils, etc- basically many imported brands are selling you “olive oil” that is actually at least half something else- why can they do this? Because these imported products don’t have required regulations on them. In fact, for my 5th round I used US HCG Injections prescription hCG and had some of the least hunger I’ve ever experienced- some days I felt so not hungry I felt like I didn’t need to eat at all! Please note, this non-hunger feeling is very DOSE DEPENDENT though. You can read all about finding the best dose for you in my hCG dosage article.
All that said, I DID lose the majority of my weight with this hCG from overseas. That’s all I really had access to at the time, and I’d do it again if I had to. That’s why I continue to recommend them alongside the others on my blog- it works, and for some, this price-point difference may mean the difference between doing the hCG protocol or not.
Shipping. It takes longer. You can sometimes pay for expedited shipping but this can still take 10 business days. Regular shipping takes on average around 3 weeks.
It doesn’t all come together in one kit– they do sell everything you need to get started, you just need to know what to select, which I cover farther down in this article.
How Long to Do the hCG Diet / How Much to Buy
It can be confusing deciding how much hCG to buy, which is based on how long you choose to do a “round” of hCG for.
The hCG diet is different in that it’s not meant to be done continually until you’ve lost all your excess weight. hCG is meant to be used in multiple rounds where you take breaks between them. The amount of time a round lasts for can vary depending on which site you visit, but to keep it simple, you can basically choose between doing the diet for around 3 weeks, or around 6 weeks- a short or long round option.
THIS IS A GOOD THING. Believe me, this is unlike any other diet you’ve ever done and you will be begging for your break towards the end.
Short rounds of about 3 weeks are best for women who have 15lbs or less to lose (men perhaps 20lbs or less to lose), and the longer 6 weeks-ish rounds (Diet Doc sells them as “double 30 day kits= 60 day round” and NuImage medical sells them as 46 day kits) are best for women needing to lose more than 15 lbs (for men, more than 20lbs).
28 days, 56 days, 43 days what?? Am I starting to lose you a ‘lil bit? That’s okay- that’s why I’m here.
Deciding What U.S. HCG Kit to Buy
What you need to know about this is the amount of hCG you are getting from all three of these U.S. companies is EXACTLY the same.
Ie. if you buy:
- the double 30 day kit from Diet Doc (for a total of 60 days) or
- the 46 day kit from Nuimage, or
- the 50 day kit from River Front MD,
you’ll be getting the exact same amount of hCG in actuality- 2 vials of powdered hCG.
So basically what you need to know is that each company has a “shorter” length kit and a “longer” length kit – and all their shorter length kits all contain the same amount of hCG, and same with all their longer length kits. So don’t let the # of days you see one kit offering if it’s 4 days longer than another, be your deciding “buy” factor- because you’re not actually getting more hCG.
So the question is then, why the variance in # of days listed for each of their programs if they are sending the same amount of hCG as each other? No one’s being dishonest – it’s all in how you can look at it- which I explain here:
Vials of HCG explained- for Injections and Drops
Here’s the deal. HCG for use with the diet is dispensed in vials of 5,000iu pretty much no matter where you get your prescription hCG, in the U.S. or overseas, doesn’t matter.
Each vial of hCG contains 5,000iu of hCG powder. The “iu” is just a measurement to indicate a certain amount- there’s no way to translate this into something we’ll be able to get as regular people- there’s no “X”iu’s = 2 cups or anything, so let’s just agree it doesn’t really matter.
All you really need to know is that 1 vial of 5,000iu hCG will last 3-4 weeks, for injections. Technically it would last you longer than this if you used the entire vial up, but the viability of the hCG is too questionable after that 3-4 week period to be worth using. For drops use, 1 vial of 5000iu hCG will last you only about 15 days. That’s because you have to take hCG in drops form twice a day, and take more of it at each dose often, in order to get the same effect- this is because the absorption under the tongue is not nearly as effective as injecting it directly. You with me so far?
When on the diet, there will be a certain daily dose of hCG you will take that will create the least hunger effect. The dose that is best for each person will vary a little bit, but it’s not a huge range.
You don’t want to take a certain dose of hCG based on how many days you want the hCG to last you- the reason is because both too high a dose and too low a dose will cause bad hunger – that is why you want to disregard making sure you use all the hCG up etc. by the end of your round but rather focus on taking the dose that your body needs for least hunger. My super-epic-post on this is here and will help you with finding what that dose might be. In my opinion this will also produce the best fat loss results that you can achieve for your unique body.
A 5,000 iu vial of hCG CAN last you for 28 days, but you could also easily stop using it after 25 days, or 23 days.
5,000iu/200iu dosage = 25 days of injections worth
5,000iu/175iu dosage = 28 days of injections worth
5,000iu/150iu daily dosage = 33 days of injections worth
But remember- choose your dosage based on your HUNGER, not how long you want your vial to last, AND, remember that past the 3-4 week point, the viability/potency of hCG really starts coming into question, so it’s usually best to remix a fresh batch at this point.
Syringes/Needles for Injecting hCG Explained
So basically there’s 3 main parts to the snazzy little “device” you’ll use to inject hCG.
The syringe (the plastic part that will hold the liquid),
the needle (I think you can figure out what that does), and
the plunger, which is what pulls the liquid in from the vial initially, and pushes the liquid out into your body.
We tend to call the whole thing just a “syringe”- these “syringes” will only be used once, and then disposed of- so you need one for each day of the diet (they come automatically in the U.S. kits).
Let’s just start with this and get it out of the way because it’s the part that scares everyone the most.
Most needles will either be 5/16″ or 1/2″ long. I promise you- they are SHORT and THIN. This is nothing like a vaccination folks.
Here is a video tutorial I did showing you what these syringes look like in real life:
And it really doesn’t hurt like you are probably breaking a sweat at the thought of right now. Believe me- I am NO brave soul- I made my husband do my first few injections I was so skittish! I took over once I realized that I felt nothing. On occasion, especially as I got thinner, I felt an occasional slight pinch, but it was not a big deal at all- the best thing to do is to find a nice fatty place to inject.
In fact, here’s a video where I explain what an injections feels like:
Where Do You Inject This Needle?
I am just going to share where I have injected- I am not making recommendations to anyone else on this, because I’m not a medical professional. I have a video tutorial showing you where you can inject here:
I injected into my belly area the majority of the time, about an inch away from my belly button, alternating sides each day. Later as I lost the majority of my belly flab, the needles did start pricking and hurting to get in a little more since it was more skin and muscle that was left, so I moved to a fattier area- I injected both in my inner and outer upper thigh, my glute area (however far I could reach that is!), and my deltoid- kind of the top back of the tricep area. The more fat, the less you feel anything and it slides right in easily- as you get leaner, sometimes the needle is more difficult to get in, but it still works.
Here is a video tutorial showing you how to do the actual injection – yes you will see me stick the needle in myself! Breathe, it’s going to be okay, I promise. I think if you watch it will help you feel less nervous.
The plastic syringe part has all these numbers on it. They come are about 3 different sizes you might come across when you get a kit- either:
a 30 unit syringe,
a 50 unit syringe, or
a 100 unit syringe
You will see smaller numbers leading up to them- usually 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. with hashmarks between. No matter which size of small injection syringe you have- the 30 units, the 50 unit syringe, or the 100 unit syringe, those smaller numbers are equal to each other.
What I mean is 15 units on the 30unit syringe = 15 units on the 50 unit syringe = 15 units on the 100 unit syringe. 15 units on any of these syringes is is the same amount of liquid. 10 units on any of these syringes is the same amount of liquid. Etc.
What About Prescription HCG Drops?
One thing you need to know about drops is that because of the size of the hCG molecules, they do not absorb well orally. Because of this, drops users must take more than twice as much hCG each day as those doing injections, because so much of it is not absorbed.
Where to Purchase Prescription hCG Drops in the U.S.
You can get U.S. prescription hCG that comes with a mixing kit for drops only through NuImage Medical
Prescription hCG Drops from Fast Escrow Refills – What to Purchase
You can get overseas prescription hCG for drops through Fast Escrow Refills (instructions for getting on their site here) – if you purchase it from overseas please note you must add 2 things to your cart – the hCG AND a mixing kit for drops – more on that next.
Okay, so you need to add to your cart 1. hCG and 2. a mixing kit for drops.
1. hCG. You will need 1 vial of 5000iu hCG for every 15 days you plan to be on the diet. Remember to include your loading days in your calculations. So for a short round of around 23 days, you will need 2 vials of 5000iu hCG. For a long round of around 40-43 days, you will need 3 vials of 5000iu hCG.
2. Mixing kit for drops. You will see an “hCG Diet Supplies” section on the same page as the hCG on the escrowrefills website. You will choose either the 23 day sublingual kit, or the 43 day sublingual kit.
3. You can also buy mixing supplies for hCG ala cart from missourimedicalsupplies more inexpensively than through escrowrefills. If you do this you’d need:
- 1 bottle of bacteriostatic water for short round 23 days, 2 bottles bac water for long round, 43 days.
- 1 30ml sterile empty vial per hCG mixture
- 1 Mixing Needle per time you mix
- 1 Dosing syringe to take your daily oral dose with (this link has a few extra)
- Alcohol prep pads
How About Prescription hCG Pellets?
Yes they actually have those! NuImage Medical is the only source at this time online that you can get RX pellets from. I have been pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback I’ve received from those who have chosen to use these.
My concern with them is the prescription pellets come as 1 single pellet per day, in the amount of 500iu each. This is a pretty high dosage of hCG, taken all at once each day (as a comparison, most injection users are taking only 125-150iu per day of hCG). I was concerned about hunger (as both too high and too low a dose causes excess hunger) and the fact that since the best dose for an individual varies, there is no consistent way to change your dose when the hCG is in this single pellet form (like what, you’re going to break off a tiny piece each day and hope it’s now 400iu?).
However, all that said, most who have emailed me about using the pellets has felt great on them and had no hunger issues. However, a few have had issues. It’s VERY common to need to adjust your dose as you lose weight, and it’s difficult to do this with the pellets, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
From the feedback I’ve gotten, it appears that those who have more weight to lose, say 50lbs+, the pellets have been great and they haven’t experienced hunger, but those who have less to lose have experienced hunger so it seems like leaner people may not find the pellets to be the ideal choice for them.
Wheww that was a mouthful! I hope you found this helpful. It’s nervewracking to make that final decision to try the hCG protocol in the first place, and then deciding where to purchase it is another headache.
You’ve made it to the end, so now you can check out those 3 sources for prescription hCG and make the best choice for you personally. And remember, you totally don’t have to purchase your hCG through me, but those of you who choose to? It’s what has allowed me to make this site a treasure chest of videos and articles to help you succeed on this protocol- so me and everyone else who finds this info helpful thanks you!
Can I Purchase hCG from the U.S. If I Live In Another Country? Like Canada, or Australia? Or Some Other Far Off Land That I’d Probably Love to Visit?
Why yes, you can. Please see my full post on ordering U.S. made prescription hCG injections and drops internationally.