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    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)

    Information about Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hcg) uses

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is used in the treatment of female infertility and male hypogonadism.

    How human chorionic gonadotropin (hcg) works

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a sex hormone. In females, it helps in the release of eggs from the ovary. In males, it works by enhancing the production of testosterone which helps in treating conditions such as delayed puberty, and low sperm count.

    Common side effects of human chorionic gonadotropin (hcg)

    Headache, Injection site pain, Irritability, Restlessness, Fatigue, Depression
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    Expert advice for Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)

    • Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is used together with another hormone called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) for the treatment of infertility in women.
    • In men, it is used to help treat delayed puberty, undescended testes or oligospermia (low sperm count).
    • It is given as an injection into a muscle or under the skin.
    • Inform your doctor immediately if you have severe pelvic pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sudden weight gain, trouble breathing, or decreased or no urination during treatment, as these could be symptoms of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).
    • If your ovaries are overstimulated you should not have sex, or use barrier contraception for at least four days.

    Frequently asked questions for Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)

    Q. What is Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and what is it used for?

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone, produced naturally by the body. It is used in women, who have a problem with ovulation (release of an egg). It is also used along with other fertility medicines, to help produce eggs in women who are undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In males, it is used to treat conditions like delayed puberty, and low sperm cell count.

    Q. How and in what dose can it be used?

    It is injected into a muscle or under the skin by a medical healthcare professional only. Your doctor might decide the dose based on your gender and the condition for which the treatment is being given.

    Q. What are the side effects of using Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)?

    The most common side effect is local site reaction at the injection site (pain, redness, swelling, and irritation). The other common side effects are acne, fluid retention, headache, tiredness, and mood changes. If any of these side effects bother you, please consult with your doctor. In addition, this medicine may increase the likelihood of conditions like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), multiple pregnancy or miscarriage.

    Q. Can I use Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) for weight loss?

    No, it should not be used for weight loss. It does not cause any burning of fat and has no effect on fat distribution or appetite.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 March, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)