By Neus Ferrando Gilabert BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 05/06/2014

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) as a medication is prescribed for assisted reproductive treatments in order to achieve pregnancy.

These are the advantages of administering hCG during ovulation induction in cycles of artificial insemination or IVF:

  • It allows you to know precisely the moment in which ovulation will begin. Ovulation may occur 37 hours after hCG is administered.
  • It provides support for the luteal phase. The accumulation of nutrients occurs during the luteal phase.

This hormone is responsible for maintaining the functionality of the corpus luteum as an endocrine entity for progesterone secretion during the first quarter of pregnancy.

Advantages of hCG

hCG is considered as the historical and current basis for the detection of pregnancy. Furthermore, it constitutes a step forward as it is used for assisted reproductive treatments. It is used, in particular, to control the ovulation phase in a woman’s ovarian cycle when she is about to undergo an artificial insemination.

Authors and contributors

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information