One topic that we are frequently asked about is what to do when your menstruation begins while on phase 2. It is often referred to on our website as TOM (time of month). When a woman starts her TOM while on the Liquid HCG Diet, it can cause a lot of frustration and worry. Water retention is a big factor during this time, and the scale can turn into an enemy as it gives unrealistic weight gains. Staying on protocol is a MUST. Because of cravings, it can be hard to do. However, as long as you stay strict during this time, and drink lots of fluids you will still lose weight even if the scale shows differently. Also, remember to consume 2 tbsp of ACV (apple cider vinegar) daily to help flush out retained water. Once your TOM is over, everything tends to even out and losses are shown again.
During this time, however, some find it hard to stay on the VLCD (very low calorie diet) on the “heavier days”. If you find it too difficult or feel any weakness, it is okay to go off of the drops for up to 3 days (the HCG will linger in your system for that long) and increase your calories to between 700-800 daily. During this time you probably won’t lose but if you stay with the approved foods you shouldn’t gain either. When you feel able, you can resume the VLCD and begin taking your drops as regular with no loading days. Make sure to drink a lot of water to flush out the extra calories. If you are close to starting your cycle, you should wait until after to start the diet.
Because the amount of HCG is so small, there are generally no changes to a menstrual cycle, although some women experience delayed or stopped cycles due to such a rapid change in diet. If it continues and you become concerned you should consult with your physician.
Pregnancy And The HCG Diet
If you become pregnant while taking HCG, first of all, congratulations! The Liquid HCG program is based on a VLCD which is not for pregnant women and you should stop the program immediately and consult your physician. Our homeopathic HCG will not affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase her chances of getting pregnant.
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