Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman’s ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation.

HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men. HCG is also used in young boys when their testicles have not dropped down into the scrotum normally. This can be caused by a pituitary gland disorder.

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  • Novarel, Ovidrel, Pregnyl
  • For females onlyMore common
    Bloating (mild)
    stomach or pelvic pain
    Less common or rare
    Abdominal or stomach pain (severe)
    bloating (moderate to severe)
    decreased amount of urine
    feeling of indigestion
    nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (continuing or severe)
    pelvic pain (severe)
    shortness of breath
    swelling of feet or lower legs
    weight gain (rapid)
    For boys onlyLess common
    Acne
    enlargement of penis and testes
    growth of pubic hair
    increase in height (rapid)
    Frequency not determined
    difficult or labored breathing
    difficulty breathing
    flushing of skin
    hives or welts
    itching of skin
    large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, sex organs
    pain in chest, groin, or legs, especially the calves
    redness of skin
    severe, sudden headache
    skin rash
    slurred speech
    sudden loss of coordination
    sudden, severe weakness or numbness in arm or leg
    sudden, unexplained shortness of breath
    tightness in chest
    unusually warm skin
    vision changes
    wheezing
    Some chorionic gonadotropin (hcg) side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Less common
    Discouragement
    enlargement of breasts
    feeling sad or empty
    headache
    irritability
    lack of appetite
    loss of interest or pleasure
    pain at place of injection
    trouble concentrating
    trouble sleeping
    tiredness
    After you stop taking this drug, it is possible that you may still experience side effects that need medical attention. If you notice any of the following side effects check with your doctor immediately:

    For females onlyLess common or rare
    Abdominal or stomach pain (severe)
    bloating (moderate to severe)
    decreased amount of urine
    feeling of indigestion
    nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (continuing or severe)
    pelvic pain (severe)
    shortness of breath
    weight gain (rapid)
  • (choriogonadotropin alfa) injection, solution