You may have heard of the use of HCG diet in helping people lose weight. What you may not have heard of is the use of HCG injections in treating infertility. This is actually a recommended method of dealing with this issue in women. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is also known as the pregnancy hormone and is released by the placenta in pregnancy. Its secretion begins immediately after the fertilized egg becomes implanted in the uterus. The amounts produced continue to increase up to 10 weeks of pregnancy but later reduce. HCG stimulates the release of the hormone progesterone which is required to sustain a pregnancy.
The use of HCG injections in treating infertility is supported by scientific research. An example is a study carried out in 2014 in which an intra-uterine hcg injection before implantation of an embryo from in-vitro fertilization showed more implantation and successful pregnancy rates than those who did not receive the injection. This points to the possibility of hcg being released by the body prior to implantation and is useful in ensuring successful implantation of the embryo.
HCG injections are the best suited method for treating infertility especially for women ttc over 40 caused by anovulation. This is a condition in which a woman does not release an ovum from the ovaries during the menstrual cycle. By applying hcg, the ovaries are stimulated to release healthy eggs which can then be fertilized and the infertility issue solved. If you have tried other methods that induce ovulation but they have failed you need to try this. It could be the one for you.
HCG injections are applied under the skin or into a muscle. A mature egg can be expected to be released 36 hours after the injection. This is the best time to try and make a baby with your better half or have the egg removed for IVF. Your doctor may decide to use hcg injections together with other infertility treatment methods to determine the exact the time the mature egg will be released.
After hcg injections you can expect a few side effects. Among the common ones are upset stomach, headache, fever, breast tenderness and mood swings all of which are not serious. Medical attention should be sought when any of these becomes severe. Other side effects that may occur and should be reported to a doctor immediately include severe abdominal pain, dehydration, vomiting and bloating. These may be due to a serious condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). In this condition the ovaries swell due to excessive multiplication of the cells and fluid leaking into the abdominal cavity. In some people this clears within a week but just to be safe it is best to call a doctor when you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms.
It is important to note that using HCG injections as your preferred method of treatment for infertility increases the chance of having a multiple pregnancy, that is, having twins, triplets or more. HCG should never be used by pregnant women as this could lead to the child having defects. Treatment should be ceased immediately the woman tests positive for pregnancy.