What are the Pros and Cons of Using HCG for Ovulation?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 09 November 2018
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Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone which can be used in a variety of ways for couples trying to conceive. Primarily, it helps those who do not ovulate regularly. The pros and cons of using HCG for ovulation are numerous, but for couples who can afford the expense, the benefits generally outweigh the negatives. Pros of using HCG include a positive track record of success for healthy women, it is less invasive than many other fertility treatments, and it is generally cosidered safe for both the mother and any potential baby. Drawbacks of the procedure include its price, an increase in the chance of multiple births, and the fact that it causes uncomfortable side effects in some women.

HCG is the hormone produced in a woman's body during pregnancy. It is first manufactured by the developing fertilized egg, and then later by the placenta. For an non-pregnant woman, the hormone simulates the effect of luteinizing hormone, which causes ovulation. It may also encourage the body to manufacture progesterone, which is important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. By encouraging proper hormone balance, using HCG not only increases the odds for conception, but also of having a healthy pregnancy.


Couples should weigh the pros and cons of using HCG for ovulation carefully before deciding if it is the best treatment option for them. It is most effective in women who have no known health problems and who have viable eggs that are free from genetic defects. Those couples in which the male partner has issues with sperm numbers or sperm mobility may benefit the least, since healthy sperm are needed to fertilize the egg once ovulation takes place.

In general, the benefits of using HCG for ovulation outweigh the drawbacks for couples who have the funds to cover the procedure. Some insurance plans my help with the expense, so couples should check ahead of time. This treatment is generally highly effective and is safer and less invasive than more extreme fertility treatments, which often require much more medical intervention.

The main drawbacks of using HCG for ovulation are that the costs add up quickly and can be pricey, especially if more than one round of treatment is necessary. Women who use this method may also experience uncomfortable symptoms, much like those experienced by a pregnant woman. These can include tender breasts, fatigue, mood swings, abdominal discomfort, and water retention. This may also make recognizing early pregnancy symptoms harder. Additionally, because HCG is the hormone detected by home pregnancy tests, testing may be inaccurate if it is performed too soon.



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