There are many controversial uses for HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) but it is, at the end of the day, a naturally made hormone.

What are it’s main medical uses?

– HCG is the hormone that stimulates egg release during ovulation and aids the development of the egg too. So it is already within you working its magic on your eggs and helping you with the process of getting pregnant.

– It is also used to help treat infertility in woman as the injections can cause ovulation.

– But, it isn’t just for women, it can also be used to increase a mans sperm count and in young boys when their testicles haven’t dropped down into their scrotum.

Is it safe?

The short answer, yes and no.

While it can aid you in your pregnancy journey there are a lot of things you need to know before you start using it regularly.

-Some women who have used the treatment developed Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, a condition affecting their ovaries which in some cases can be fatal.

-There is also a higher risk of having twins (Triplets and more). There are many successful births of multiple pregnancies but remember it is a risk for mother as well as babies.

-You also need to consider that continuous use into pregnancy can have devastating affects on the baby causing possible birth defects which is why it is ‘FDA pregnancy category X’

-There isn’t a lot of evidence to know whether it can be transferred in other ways such as breast feeding either.

What you must remember, is that it should only be used on recommendation of a doctor and a recommended dosage. Should you fall pregnant you are advised to speak to you doctor straight away.

Side effects?

Everything has side effects. Eating too many mints has side effects. But what of a treatment like this? As with any medication it is important you read all the information available to you and discuss it with your doctor. There are many ‘normal’ side effects from bloating to vomiting to more of the rarer kind like depression and trouble sleeping.

If you are unlucky enough to be allergic to it, you may experience mild hives to full blown swelling of your ears, nose and throat. If you are super unlucky and develop OSHH (call your doctor straight away) you may experience vomiting, severe pelvic pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain and more.

So like with any drug, proceed with caution and talk to your doctor, especially if you have any doubts. It may be the miracle you are looking for but it could come with a price.