Side Effects of hCG Injections for Infertility

Side Effects of hCG Injections for Infertility

hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin may be rightly dubbed as the pregnancy hormone because its presence shows that you are pregnant. This is the reason why all pregnancy tests are based on the presence of this hormone in your body. Within a few days of pregnancy your body will start producing this hormone, which can be detected in the urine and blood. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

This is why urine tests and blood tests are done to check if you are pregnant. If you have been trying to get pregnant to no avail or in other words, if you are not able to conceive, your doctor may ask you to take hCG shots. He may prescribe the injections along with a drug named clomiphene as well as other hormones.

These injections might make things easier for you and help you get pregnant but these injections might also come with certain harmful side effects. Some of these have been mentioned as follows.

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

hCG injections are given because the hormone helps your ovaries release the eggs so that they may be conceived. Sometimes, hyperstimualtion of the ovaries may occur. This condition is called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

The risks of this side effect are a significant 25%. Thus, 25% of those who take hCG shots may suffer with at least mild problems associated to this syndrome. However, if it is mild, it won’t last for more than a week. If you conceive, you may experience it a little longer but that’s it.

The severe form of this syndrome is considerably rare. The symptoms of mild OHSS include breathing problems, discolored urination, and severe abdominal pain. If you see any of these symptoms you should talk to your doctor to make sure it is nothing severe.

Weight gain

One of the many side effects of taking hCG shots is weight gain. You may gain some weight as a result of these shots and this occurs because fluid retention begins in your body. Edema or swelling may also been seen in your body. This might seem like you are gaining weight. Slight weight gain is common when you take hCG injections but if you gain too much weight suddenly, you might need to see the doctor.

Breast problems

Taking hCG shots may give your breasts a few problems. When you take the injections, your breasts might get painful and start feeling tender. In some cases they may even swell. This side effect is not very severe and will go away within a few days once your body starts adjusting to the shots. If the side effect continues, you should talk to your doctor about it.


Hormones influence the mental state and your mood. Thus, addition of a hormone in your body can cause depression. You may feel empty and hopeless. You may also feel irritated and restless when you take these injections. It is only a matter of time before these fade away though. Once your body adjusts to hCG, they will go away. If they continue to bother you, you should go to the doctor.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).