Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a peptide hormone produced in pregnancy, that is made by the embryo soon after conception and later by the trophoblast (part of the placenta). Its role is to prevent the disintegration of the corpus luteum of the ovary and thereby maintain progesterone production that is critical for a pregnancy in humans. hCG may have additional functions, for instance it is thought that it affects the immune tolerance of the pregnancy. ...

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... HUMAN CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN (also known as ''HCG'', brands include A.P.L.®, Chorex®, Novarel®, Ovidrel®, Pregnyl®, Profasi®) is a hormone that is used for different reasons in men and women. HCG has actions similar to a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in both sexes, called LH, or luteinizing hormone. HCG can help women with fertility problems. To increase a woman''s chance of getting pregnant, HCG is used in combination with other fertility drugs. For some men or adolescent males, HCG helps to stimulate the production of testosterone (male sex hormone) and sperm. HCG may also be used in select male children with cryptorchidism, a specific birth problem of the testes (male sex part). Human chorionic gonadotropin injections are available from many manufacturers; not all brands are interchangeable. Ovidrel® is the only recombinant (lab-derived) HCG product currently available. ...
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