Mild side effects of HCG

Mild HCG side effects include:

  • headache
  • restless
  • irritability or pain when injection is given

Severe HCG side effects

Severe HCG side effects require urgent medical attention and include:

  • severe allergic reactions
  • blood clots
  • OHSS
  • early puberty symptoms

What is HCG used for?

HCG, on its generic name human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone that is given in the form of injection into a muscle or under the skin. If you will use this hormone at home, your doctor will help you with some instructions in explaining where and how to inject this hormone.

This hormone helps in the natural development of a woman’s egg, situated in the ovary. Thanks to this hormone, the egg can also be stimulated during ovulation.

HCG is used by women who suffer from infertility and is also helpful in causing ovulation. It may also help men in increasing sperm counting. This hormone is also used by boys who have a pituitary gland disease.

HCG Interactions and Risks

  • You aren’t sure of the exact instructions on how and where to inject this hormone or you don’t have the appropriate syringes and/or needles.
  • You encounter symptoms of blood clots, such as pain, warmth, redness, numbness or tingling in your arm or leg, confusion, extreme drowsiness or severe headache. In this situation, you need to consult your doctor immediately.
  • You have symptoms of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), like severe pelvic pain, swelling of the hands or legs, stomach pain, swelling of your stomach, shortness of breath, weight gain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or less urination. This condition may appear already after the first cycle of treatment and it is considered to be life-threatening in women.
  • A boy encounters early puberty signs, such as deepened voice, pubic hair growth or increased sweating or acne. In this situation, he must see a healthcare provider urgently. This hormone can unfortunately easily lead to early puberty in young boys.
  • You plan to become pregnant in the near future. This hormone may increase women’s chances of multiple pregnancy like having twins, triplets or quadruplets. A multiple pregnancy is extremely risky for both the mother and the babies. It’s highly recommended to avoid using this hormone during pregnancy but it’s good to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions.
  • You ever presented allergic reactions to this hormone or any other drugs. You must report this to your doctor before starting to use HCG.
  • You suffer from a thyroid disease or adrenal gland disease, an ovarian cyst, premature puberty, breast, ovary, uterus or prostate cancer, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, urine bleeding, kidney disorder, a heart condition, epilepsy, asthma or migraines. All of these conditions must be reported to your healthcare provider before starting to use HCG. You may be required to take some special tests or have a dosage adjustment in this situation, in order to make sure that you can safely take HCG along with these illnesses.

HCG and pregnancy

HCG received a category X rating from the FDA. Despite that this hormone may help in becoming pregnant, it may cause birth defects to the infant during pregnancy. It’s forbidden to use this hormone during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while treating yourself with HCG, report this to your doctor immediately.

HCG and breastfeeding

It’s not proven if HCG may pass into breast milk or not. Thus, its adverse effects on the nursing baby are unknown. Don’t use this hormone during breastfeeding without medical attention.