HCG Drops During Menstruation
Of all the questions about the HCG diet, one of the most common is whether women should continue taking HCG drops during their menstrual cycle. HCG drops are becoming a more and more popular form of HCG, so this question comes up even more often than before. It's definitely something worth discussing so there's no more confusion on this issue.
The original HCG diet protocol, invented by Dr. ATW Simeons, involved taking daily injections instead of using HCG drops with their easy oral administration. Dr. Simeons advises in his book "Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity" that women should stop taking HCG during their period. Contrary to what some people claim, Dr. Simeons never offered a reason for this recommendation. However, he did say that women generally had no problems with hunger even without HCG during their period. If they tried to go without HCG after their period was over, they would often start feeling ravenously hungry until they got their dose.
Weight loss generally slows down during your menstrual cycle. This is caused by the retention of water, which always increases during this time. Don't panic, and don't get discouraged. Above all, don't cheat, as this will lead to a true plateau and/or a weight gain. Although women tend to lose a little less weight than men overall on the HCG diet, it's completely normal. Your extra water weight will come off quickly as soon as your period is over.
It's always best to stay with the tried and true method originally explained by Dr. Simeons. For that reason, we continue to recommend that women stop taking HCG drops during their period.
However, many women have experimented with taking HCG drops during their menstrual cycle. Most of the evidence we have seems to indicate that women have no trouble, although some report heavier and more painful periods. But they also report that their weight did not slow down quite as much. These experiences are only anecdotal, so be careful. If you're worried about it, just follow the original protocol. Either way, you should still lose a lot of weight very fast, and you'll be grateful you tried HCG drops.