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HCG Shots and Infertility
on Oct 21, 2012
by Lindsey Zaldivar
HCG is often called the "pregnancy hormone" and sometimes HCG is used as a form of fertility treatment.
HCG is often called the “pregnancy hormone.” It is the hormone that the placenta secretes during pregnancy, and it is also the hormone that pregnancy tests use to determine if you are pregnant. Sometimes HCG is used as a form of fertility treatment. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
When you have a mature egg follicle in your ovary, an hCG injection can release that egg to mature and be released. hCG causes ovulation to happen within 36 hours of receiving the injection. This can be really helpful in fertility treatments. Sometimes the hCG injections are given on their own, or as a part of another form of fertility treatment like IUI or IVF. Using hCG along with other forms of fertility treatments can help your doctor better determine when your egg will be released and help them to time your sexual intercourse, egg retrieval, or artificial insemination better.
Your doctor will be able to determine when there is already a mature egg follicle in your ovary through careful monitoring. You might receive ultrasounds, and you will be carefully monitored to determine when it is just the right time to receive your hCG injection. There are a few side effects that are sometimes related to taking hCG injections, but they are usually not severe. Some of these side effects include breast problems such as tenderness, pain, or swelling. You also might retain fluid and begin to gain a little weight. Depression, mood swings and irritability are also common side effects due to the hormone changes in your body when taking hCG injections. There is also a condition known as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome that is associated with hCG injections. Doctors say that somewhere around one fourth of all women who take hCG injections will develop some sort of OHS, although it usually goes away on its own in about a week or so. OHS can include symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and a general feeling of discomfort.
Please remember to keep in mind that hCG is the “pregnancy hormone” and it is the hormone that shows up on all pregnancy tests. This means that if you take a pregnancy test before the hCG injection has had enough time to get out of your system, you can get a positive test result when you are not actually pregnant. You have to make sure to wait at least two weeks for all of the hCG hormone from the shot to get out of your body completely, or you will risk getting a false positive result that will only cause you pain and worry.
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Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.