Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is used to inject under the skin or into a muscle. It can help a woman become pregnant. For using this medicine at home, your health care provider will give you specific instructions on how and when to inject the medication. You are not allowed to self-inject if you are not aware of the injection usage and how to properly dispose of the syringe.
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What is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin?
Human chorionic gonadotropin is an HCG hormone, also known as the pregnancy hormone, has a key role in maintaining pregnancy. It is mainly found in women’s blood and urine throughout pregnancy. Your health care specialist can detect the presence of HCG hormone after implantation has occurred in the uterus within two to three weeks of pregnancy. The treatment helps in ovulation and treats infertility issues in women. It supports the healthy development of the egg in a woman’s ovary and stimulates the release of an egg at the time of ovulation. HCG shorts are also beneficial for men with low sperm count. Moreover, it is prescribed to young boys in case their testicles have not dropped into the scrotum normally. A pituitary gland disorder causes the condition.
Does HCG work in Pregnancy?
In pregnant women, HCG hormone secretes by the cells which are responsible for the growth of the placenta. Here comes the role of HCG hormone; it encourages the development of fertilized egg after it gets adhered to the wall of the uterus and supports its growth. After the formation of the placenta, HCG hormone release HCG hormone. The amount of HCG hormone increases as the embryo grow bigger. This indicates that an adequate amount of HCG is required to maintain during pregnancy.
What needs to be discussed with your health care specialist before buying HCG?
The use of HCG shot is contraindicated if you have:
- Ever had an allergic reaction to HCG or hormone-related cancer, or
- Early puberty
In case, you may experience any of these health issues, and you may require dose adjustments for the safe use of the medication:
- Premature puberty
- An ovarian cyst
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid or adrenal gland disorder
- Undiagnosed uterine bleeding
- cancer of uterus, ovary, breast, pituitary gland, or hypothalamus
Do not use this hormonal treatment if you are pregnant. Inform your health care specialist right away if you conceive during the treatment. Moreover, the information is less on whether the medicine passes into breast milk or not, avoid using the injection without telling your health care specialist about breastfeeding.
How should HCG be used?
Inject HCG exactly as your health care specialist told you. You are not supposed to use it in more than the recommended amount. Carefully follow the directions given on the prescription paper.
HCG is a medicine which is given as an injection into the muscle. Your health care specialist will inject HCG in his/her clinic or will show how to inject medicine at home. You can self-inject the medicine once you fully understand how you give the injection. You must know that the needle should be used only for one time and dispose of the used needles. Make sure you visit your health care specialist regularly to check whether the medication is helping your condition. Try not to miss any appointments. Ask your health care specialist if you have questions related to the use of this medication.
What are the possible side effects?
HCG shots, when used during early pregnancy, may cause many side effects that must not be ignored. It is also believed to worse some of the pregnancy symptoms including pain, sensitivity in breasts, and queasiness, etc. have a look on these Side effects of HCG injections that must be taken into consideration and consulted thoroughly with a health care provider. Discontinue treatment and get immediate medical help if you notice any of these signs of an allergic reaction including difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue. Some women who have used this medicine complaint of developing a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome also called as OHSS once the first treatment cycle was finished. This condition can put the user’s life at risk. Talk to your health care provider and inform you if any of the following symptoms of OHSS affects you:
- Weight gain
- Stomach pain and swelling
- Severe pelvic pain
- Swelling of the hands and legs
- Nausea or vomiting
- Swelling of the hands and legs
- Urinating less than normal
In a young boy, the use of HCG may cause early puberty. Inform the health care specialist if the body shows early signs of puberty that includes pubic hair growth, increased acne or seating, deepened voice, etc.