Guide To HCG Drops
HCG Drops vs Injections - Expiration and Storage
When you're thinking about buying HCG drops or injections, one of the things that doesn't come up very often is the problem of storage. Where, how, and for how long can you store your HCG?
There are three main types of HCG:
There are different factors to think about when you're considering these different type of HCG and how to store them.
- Pharmaceutical HCG injections
- Pharmaceutical HCG drops
- Homeopathic HCG drops
Pharmaceutical HCG Drops and Injections
People are often surprised by the storage requirements of pharmaceutical HCG drops and injections after they receive their order. HCG arrives as a powder that has to be mixed with sterile or bacteriostatic water (they are both sterile, but bacteriostatic water has some added alcohol as a preserver). Once mixed, the HCG has to be continually refrigerated to keep it from degrading. Any exposure to heat will destroy the HCG.
At first this might not seem like a big deal, but it does tie you to your fridge. For many people this isn't a problem, but for those with jobs, travel requirements, or plain busy lifestyles, it can present a challenge. People with jobs or busy lives can usually survive by taking their dose of HCG early in the morning or later in the evening when they get home. But if you ever have to travel, trying to keep your HCG refrigerated can be a big pain, if not impossible.
In addition, pharmaceutical HCG drops and injections expire much more quickly than most other medications. You may be used to medications with a shelf life of six months, a year, or more. But pharmaceutical HCG lasts much less than that. Some brands indicate that it can be safely refrigerated for 60 days, but many people find that their HCG starts losing potency after just 30 days.
What this means is that you have to be sure not to order too much, since it will soon go bad and become useless. At most you can order enough HCG for one round of dieting. On the other hand, if you're doing a longer round of the HCG diet, you may not be able to order enough up front to last all the way through. You'll need to keep this in mind and order the right amounts while planning for potentially long shipping times. Pharmaceutical HCG drops and injections often take a long time to arrive, especially if you're ordering from a foreign pharmacy (which we don't recommend). So long-term planning is critical.
Homeopathic HCG Drops
Compared to the pharmaceutical HCG drops and injections, homeopathic HCG drops are much simpler to deal with. They have no special storage requirements, other than to keep them in a cool place away from direct sunlight. In other words, don't store your bottle of HCG drops on your window sill or leave them on your dashboard. Pretty simple.
In addition, homeopathic HCG drops have a long shelf life. They can often be kept for as long as five years with no loss in potency. So feel free to order a large supply to last you through multiple rounds of the HCG diet. Many companies also offer very fast shipping times, so if you want to get started right away or if you run out, you can get more HCG drops in as little as one or two days.