What is the hCG infertility connection? Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced when an egg pops from the ovary and when fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall. However the inability to become pregnant is what is known as infertility. A big majority of infertility issues stem from hormonal imbalances. If the hormones are out of balance, this throws off the reproductive cycle. hCG is also used in “fertility drugs” and is given as an infertility treatment in some cases.
What is it?
If hCG is a hormone produced in the female body you may wonder how it’s used in fertility drugs. hCG is taken out of the urine of pregnant women. hCG is used in fertility treatments to help stimulate ovulation.
hCG is secreted by the pituitary gland just like the lutenizing hormone (LH) is. At this point in the reproductive cycle hCG’s main function is to help the ovaries to produce more eggs.
HCG Fertility Treatments for Men and Women
Giving hCG as a fertility treatment in drug form helps to treat the inability to ovulate (anovulation), helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and helps patients with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
hCG can also be used in fertility treatments for men, as it helps to boost the level of the hormone testosterone and the sperm count.
Will The Treatment Work?
hCG is normally given as a drug in an injection. Normally it’s just takes one dosage a month for successful treatment. Some physicians will allow the patient to give the injection to themselves, if treatments need to be ongoing. Progress with this drug needs to be monitored closely and measures taken to increase the chances of conception happening.
90% of females on hCG injections have seen successful ovulations. The hCG helps to increase the conception rate by 15 % each cycle. The rate increases even more if intra-uterine insemination (artificial insemination) is used.
Side effects of treating with hCG include nausea, headaches, moodiness, fatigue, sore breasts, abdominal discomfort, weight gain, water retention and an increased risk of conceiving multiple fetuses. Your fertility specialist will go over these and other possible symptoms before you undergo the hCG infertility treatments.