What Are Some Infertility Treatments With HCG?

HCG Injections

HCG is essential to the success of a pregnancy. It must be produced in adequate amounts to support the pregnancy during the first three months before the placenta is the producer of estrogen and progesterone. Overall, HCG is safe and effective for boosting fertility. Mostly, side effects are mild, including pain at the injection site.

What Are The Different Kinds Of Infertility Treatment?

Some couples need more help conceiving. To increase pregnancy odds, a woman may first take medications to stimulate ovulation before trying one of these options:

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): A healthcare provider uses a long, thin tube to place sperm directly into the uterus.
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF): IVF is assisted reproductive technology (ART). It involves harvesting the eggs at the end of the stimulation and placing sperm and eggs together in a lab dish. The sperm fertilizes the eggs. A provider transfers one fertilized egg (embryo) into the uterus.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI): This procedure is similar to IVF. An embryologist (highly specialized lab technician) directly injects a single sperm into each harvested egg, and then a provider transfers an embryo into the uterus.
  • Third-party ART: Couples may use donor eggs, donor sperm, or donor embryos. Some couples need a gestational carrier or surrogate. This person agrees to carry and give birth to your baby.

What is IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) with HCG?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of artificial insemination. The procedure aids in treating infertility issues in couples. With this procedure, the sperm are concentrated and washed before being placed into your womb to fertilize your eggs. ‌The procedure for the IUI requires less than two minutes to complete with no painful side effects.

Here’s an overview of the IUI process:

  • The semen sample is prepared. It is washed in a process that ensures the highly active sperm are healthy and in a higher concentration.
  • The timing of IUI is everything. The IUI will be performed when your eggs are at their optimum for fertilization.
  • The IUI will be completed within a two-day timeframe.

What Is In Vitro Fertilization With HCG?

Because HCG is similar in structure to luteinizing hormone (LH), when there is a mature egg follicle in the ovary, an injection of HCG can cause the egg to mature and be released. The medication can be used alone, in an ovulation induction cycle, as with intrauterine insemination, or during in vitro fertilization.

The HCG injection will cause ovulation approximately 36 hours after you take it, allowing your healthcare provider to better time intrauterine insemination or egg retrieval.

How Does HCG Help With Infertility Treatment?

Many of you may have heard of the HCG Diet, a popular weight-loss protocol where the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG or hCG) is given to a person by injection or liquid drops. Most people don’t know that it is also used to boost fertility in people struggling with infertility.

HCG is a protein hormone produced by the placenta that is immediately released after implantation of a fertilized egg and is required to sustain a pregnancy. During the early weeks of pregnancy, HCG stimulates natural progesterone production by signaling the corpus luteum to continue to release progesterone, which causes a woman to miss her menstrual period. Production of HCG increases steadily, doubling about every 48 to 72 hours during the first ten weeks of a healthy pregnancy.

Scientists have recently learned that HCG may be released before implantation to support the implantation of an embryo. One study by researchers reports that intrauterine injection of HCG before an embryo transfer during IVF showed a significant increase in the implantation and pregnancy rates for those receiving the HCG injection versus those who did not.

HCG is used as an injectable medication prescribed for medical infertility treatment. HCG is administered during medically-assisted fertility treatments in various situations when anovulation is a problem. HCG is believed to increase the probability of more healthy eggs being released from the ovaries. HCG injections are used in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) to induce or trigger ovulation for women with PCOS or to assist with IUI, IVF, or ICSI. HCG injections are often used when other medications have been taken to induce ovulation and failed. 

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