Human Chorionic Gonadotropins Description
Women seem to be postponing having children until they are in a stable relationship, have a handle on their career, are financially set, or have purchased a home, or all of these goals are met. This means that women in their late 30’s and 40’s are now trying to become pregnant and could be experiencing difficulties.
Fertility specialists are sometimes the best option for help with conceiving when there is a decline in a woman’s egg quality and quantity. Human Chorionic Gonadotropins or generic hCG (similar to Pregnyl) may be part of your fertility treatment to encourage the maturation and release of an egg. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
This Fertility Treatment Can Be Started at Home
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is an injectable hormone that you can administer at home after instruction on how, where, and when to do it properly. This hormone will cause ovulation about 36 hours after it’s administered. Your fertility doctor can then better estimate a time for you and your partner to have intercourse, or undergo intrauterine insemination, or perform egg retrieval. You should wait at least 2 full weeks before taking a pregnancy test because hCG is the same hormone that will give you a ‘positive’. So you want the hCG drug to be completely out of your system to test for a pregnancy.
Conditions Treated by Human Chorionic Gonadotropins
If the reason you are not able to become pregnant is due to your partner having a low sperm count, a fertility doctor can also prescribe Human Chorionic Gonadotropin to increase the amount of sperm so chances of a successful pregnancy are increased.
Sometimes the reason for a low sperm count is inevitable. However, there are certain things that men may do that can contribute to the reduced numbers of sperm. Smoking is bad for your health regardless of other effects it can have on your body, but it can also interfere with your sperm count. Alcohol, obesity, heat, and frequent intercourse plays a role in poor sperm production, too.
Before Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is Administered
Test for a possible pregnancy before undergoing hCG treatment. Discuss your medical history with your fertility specialist and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal, dietary, and vitamin supplements to determine if Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is right for you.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Precautions
If you experience severe pelvic pain, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, seek medical attention as this may indicate a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).Ask your pharmacist for a ‘Sharp’s’ container so you can keep any vials, needles, or other paraphernalia required to inject Human Chorionic Gonadotropin out of harm’s way. Do not start any new medications without talking to your fertility doctor first.