Going through infertility treatments, you find yourself doing so much that you never imagined yourself doing. One is giving yourself injections at home. I felt like a drug user – the illegal kind! My neighbors stopped by and saw the syringes on my coffee table and I swear they looked at me suspiciously while I talked fast and told them what they were for. Even though online it says you do not need a prescription for this drug, I did have a prescription for the hCG as well as the other fertility drug that I was taking at the time, Follistim. Follistim is used in infertility treatment to increase egg production so the chances of pregnancy are increased. There is a risk of having more than one baby but that risk is not very high – not as high as doing IVF or invitro fertilization. This drug, the hCG, is to stimulate the body to ovulate. So after a cycle of Follistim, my doctor would do a scan to see if the follicles were mature and then tell me when to give myself the hCG shot.
When you pick up hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin from the pharmacy, make sure and do not forget the syringes! Also make sure you have the right size syringe. The Follistim was given in a different smaller syringe than the hCG shot. Thank goodness the hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin was only needed one time a month because that syringe is huge and goes intramuscular!! I found it harder to do this myself than the Follistim, which only went under the skin (but in my stomach). It took me a while to get up my nerve but while I was doing that, I iced my hip muscle and found the injection not half as bad as I expected. The ice numbed me up so I did not feel it as much. It was scarier thinking about it!
I did have soreness the next day at the injection site but it went away soon after. I had no side affects at all. The drug worked as a scan proved later that I had ovulated. There is a certain time period for this drug. You have to give yourself or have a friend give you the injection within a few hours period. My doctor did not schedule infertility patients to come in for the shots. They are given at home. If the time slot is missed, your chances of pregnancy are reduced. hCG can be used without the use of other infertility drugs, according to what condition you are experiencing. Always check with your doctor as if a scan shows too many follicles, he may cancel the hCG that month due to a possible large multiple pregnancy.
The tiny vials of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin presented issues for me the first time I used it. I spilled a vial of this expensive stuff and felt sick! So many couples can’t afford it and here I am wasting it! I was so nervous about giving myself this shot that I was shaking. I did not have to mix it as the pharmacist did this for me already, thank goodness. All I had to do was insert the syringe into the bottle and pull the plunger back to draw it up into the syringe so it would be ready to use.
Remember pregnancy tests will not be reliable when testing your urine after using the hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin drug. Your doctor will do a blood test to check for pregnancy as it will be reliable whereas over-the-counter pregnancy tests will not! This drug was covered by insurance while infertility treatments per se were not. Certain infertility drugs will be covered as they can be ordered by physicians for other conditions. So check into this before privately paying for it. I also had issues with my pharmacy not having it in stock. Call ahead and tell them the time frame you will need it, so they can order it and have it on hand. My pharmacist was lovely and he actually came from home after hours the day I had to have it once. Don’t be embarrassed about it. My pharmacist’s wife had been going through infertility treatment the year before! You just never know! He was an awesome resource for information and assistance. This drug, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, can be expensive if paying yourself so ask around and look online for better deals.
Here is what Wikipedia says about this drug: Human chorionic gonadotropin is extensively used as a parenteral fertility medication in lieu of luteinizing hormone. In the presence of one or more mature ovarian follicles, ovulation can be triggered by the administration of hCG. As ovulation will happen about 40-45 hours after the injection of hCG, procedures can be scheduled to take advantage of this time sequence.