Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG): Novarel, Pregnyl, Profasl

on Oct 27, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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hCG is an injection medication to promote fertility, marketed under the brand names Novarel, Pregnyl, and Profasl.

You probably already know about Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, even if you don’t think you do! Have you ever heard of hCG? Yes, that hCG. The same hCG that is what at home pregnancy tests use to detect pregnancy. hCG is the hormone that is produced by the placenta once a pregnancy is in place. This is why a pregnancy test can only give you a positive result if it detects hCG, because hCG is only produced by the placenta. hCG is, in every sense of the word, the “pregnancy hormone”. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What does hCG do?

Sometimes hCG is given as an injection medication to promote fertility. hCG is very similar in structure to LH, it can be given as an injection when there are mature egg follicles in the ovary. hCG injections can help the egg to mature and then release, allowing the woman to become pregnant. Sometimes hCG is used alone, and other times it is used in conjunction with other fertility medications. After a woman who is receiving injectable fertility drugs has her eggs become mature, she is given an injection of hCG that will help her to begin ovulating. Usually a woman will ovulate within 36 hours of getting an hCG injection. If you are going to try to get pregnant naturally, or if your doctor is performing IUI or IVF, it will have to be done within that 36 hour time frame.

Brands and varieties

hCG comes in many brands and varieties, and your doctor can help you determine which one is just right for you. hCG is given after there is already a mature egg follicle in your ovary. Your doctor will help you determine when exactly will be the right time for you to take hCG to time your ovulation just right. There are a few conditions that might make it unfavorable for you to take hCG. Be aware of these and let your doctor know if you have conditions such as asthma, ovarian cysts or cancer, kidney problems, seizures of any type, heart disease, or migrane headaches.

The pregnancy hormone

Another important thing to remember about hCG, that some women often forget, is that it is known as the pregnancy hormone. If you are taking hCG to try to get pregnant, remember that the injection’s effects can remain in your body and your urine for up to two weeks after the injection. This is why it is important that you do not take a pregnancy test for two weeks after receiving your hCG injection in order to avoid potential problems such as a false positive test. hCG can really be a great tool for helping many women become pregnant who could not do it on their own.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • JodiStMary11

    I am 19 and my fiancee and myself are trying to have a baby. I am overweight as well but dieting right now. My friend told me to start taking prenatal vitamins it would help. Any other advice would be highly taking into consideration!!

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Keeping a healthy weight is best recommended before you try to conceive. It is good that you are already working on it. Another good way to get pregnant faster is by having intercourse at least three times a week. It ensures that your fertile windows are covered, boosting your chances of fertilization.

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  • Iris Herrera

    I am 30 years old and just got married on December. We decided to start with having babies. My only problem is that i have PCOS. My Gyn ran tests and proved that i do not ovulate on my own. He put me on clomid 100 mg which i started on the 5th day of my period for 5 days. I then went and got a pregnyl 10, 000 unit shot on April 16. I was then directed to have sex on certain days in which today would be my last day. Do you think that i can would get pregnant this month it being the first cycle?


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  • Brandi

    I am on my.6 month of clomid and am not pregnant yet.Dec 9 period was 1 week and 2 days late coming then I had a regular period on Dec 28 then again in Jan had a regular period and now Feb 2 was 1 week and 2 days late again for my period. What should I do and what the next step I want a baby

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