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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (or HCG) is a hormone used for different reasons in men and women.

HCG is used in combination with other fertility drugs to increase a woman’s chance of pregnancy. In men or adolescent boys, HCG helps the production of testosterone and sperm. HCG is also used in male children with cryptorchidism, a specific birth problem of the testes.

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What is this medication?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin┬áis a hormone. HCG is used for different reasons in men and women. HCG is used in combination with other fertility drugs to increase a woman’s chance of pregnancy. In men or adolescent boys, HCG helps the production of testosterone and sperm. HCG is also used in male children with cryptorchidism, a specific birth problem of the testes.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take HCG?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma;
  • cyst on the ovary;
  • heart disease;
  • migraine;
  • kidney disease;
  • ovarian cancer or other female-related cancer;
  • prostate cancer or other male-related cancer;
  • seizures;
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to HCG, other hormones, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
  • pregnant (this medicine should not be used if you are already pregnant);
  • breastfeeding.

How should I use HCG?

This medicine is either injected into a muscle, like a thigh or buttocks, or it may be given under the skin instead. Ask a doctor which way is right for you. You will be taught how to prepare and give HCG. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much HCG contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What should I watch for while using HCG?

For men or boys: A doctor must closely monitor you. Call a doctor if you notice any unusual effects.

For women receiving fertility treatments: A doctor must closely monitor them. Urine samples, blood tests, or ultrasound exams may be used to monitor treatment. If you think you have become pregnant, contact a doctor at once.

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