Human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone for the maternal recognition of pregnancy produced by trophoblast cells that are surrounding a growing embryo, which eventually forms the placenta after implantation. The presence of hCG is detected in some pregnancy tests
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman’s ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation.
HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men. HCG is also used in young boys when their testicles have not dropped down into the scrotum normally. This can be caused by a pituitary gland disorder.
HCG may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is HCG used for?
- Ovulation Induction
- Hypogonadism — Male
- Prepubertal Cryptorchidism
What is the most important information I should know about HCG?
You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to HCG, or if you have:
- early puberty (also called precocious puberty); or
- a hormone-related cancer (such as prostate cancer).
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
- a thyroid or adrenal gland disorder;
- an ovarian cyst;
- premature puberty;
- cancer or a tumor of the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, hypothalamus, or pituitary gland;
- undiagnosed uterine bleeding;
- heart disease;
- kidney disease;
- migraines; or
Although HCG can help you become pregnant, this medication is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that using the medication once you are pregnant can cause birth defects in the baby. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether HCG passes into breast milk. Do not use HCG without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.