What is the HCG Trigger Shot?

What is the HCG Trigger Shot?

If you are currently undergoing fertility treatments, or thinking about having fertility treatments done in the future, you have probably heard about the HCG trigger shot. However, you might not know much about it, and what exactly it does. Today, we’re going to try to explain it and answer all of your burning questions. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is HCG?

You might have heard of HCG before. It is the “pregnancy hormone”. It is the hormone that at home pregnancy tests use to detect pregnancy. This hormone is produced in early pregnancy by the cells that will eventually become the placenta.

HCG helps the follicles to mature and helps to trigger the mature eggs to release from the follicles. When you are undergoing IVF, sometimes your doctor might want for you to have the HCG shot to make sure that your eggs are maturing correctly and that they are released from the follicles at the correct time.

What happens with the HCG shot?

If you are going to be getting the HCG trigger shot, chances are your doctor will prescribe a medication like Clomid in order to help prepare your follicles for ovulation and make sure that you ovulate properly. Then, you will need to be closely monitored by your doctor to determine when your follicles are mature.

When it’s time, your doctor will give you the information you need about the shot. You will do the injection yourself, at home. You can also get a friend or family member to help you if you need assistance. The shot itself is not bad, and is over in just a minute, so do not be worried about any pain associated with it.

After the shot

After you take the HCG trigger shot, you will ovulate within 36 hours. The timing of your injection is very important so make sure that you follow your doctor’s orders exactly right. After you take the shot, that is when you should be having sex for the best chance of getting pregnant.

It’s important to remember after taking the shot, that you should not take a pregnancy test for at least two weeks, since the HCG trigger shot contains the same hormone that the pregnancy test detects. This can give you inaccurate results, so stay away from pregnancy tests until the two week wait is over.

After the two week wait is over, you should be able to take a pregnancy test and receive an accurate result, or you can always go to your doctor’s office to have a test done if you do not trust the results from the over the counter test.

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Alyssia Granger
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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.