What is HCG?

Fertility

HCG stands for human chronic gonadotropin. It is the hormone is the body which supports the development of an egg in a woman’s ovaries. It also stimulates the release of an egg during ovulation. HCG is used to assist ovulation and treat infertility in women. It also increases the sperm count in men. HCG is the hormone which produced in young boys during puberty. This usually occurs due to a pituitary gland disorder. HCG is given in the form of injection under the skin or it can be injected into the muscle.
If you are using HCG at home, then the doctor or the pharmacist may give you some special instructions about the injection. They should explain how to use and where to inject the medicine. If you do not understand the concept, then you should not do the task on your own. After using the injection, the syringe and the needles, they must be disposed of. If you experience symptoms including; warmth, pain, blood clots, redness, tingling or confusion cease the injections.

Care to be taken

There are many men and women who use this hormone to improve their fertility. There are some women who use this medicine and develop ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. This usually happens after taking the first cycle of treatment. This situation can prove to be life threatening at times. If you experience symptoms including; swelling, stomach pain, shortness of breath, swelling of hands and legs, diarrhoea, weight gain or excessive urination present to medical personnel immediately.
HCG medicine can cause early puberty in young boys. If this occurs contact a doctor. Symptoms of early puberty in males include public hair growth, deepened voice, sweating and increased acne.

The use of HCG can increase the chances of having multiple pregnancies, meaning that you are more likely to have twins or triplets. These types of pregnancies are high risk for both the mother and the babies. Please consult a doctor for further information and assistance.
HCG is a fertility drug in category X. This means that once you become pregnant you must cease taking the medication as it may lead to birth defects. If you are already pregnant do not consume HCG and consult a doctor.
If you developed an allergy to this medication at any stage do not recommence using it. You should not use this medication if you have experienced; early puberty, have cancer related hormones – especially prostate cancer. This medication can increase fertility and sperm count in men but has some side effects.