Low-dose hCG (Micro-dose hCG)

About Low-dose hCG (Micro-dose hCG)

Low-dose hCG, also called micro-dose hCG, is an injectable medication containing a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) that is prescribed to women undergoing fertility treatment. Because hCG is similar in structure to luteinizing hormone (LH) which plays a critical role in egg development and maturity, a low-dose of hCG may be prescribed by your doctor to mimic the positive effects of LH during ovarian stimulation. Low-dose hCG is compounded in the pharmacy by taking a full-strength vial of manufactured hCG (Novarel® or Pregnyl®) and diluting it down to a much lower strength. Low-dose hCG is taken as a daily subcutaneous (under the skin) injection for approximately 8-12 days to supplement stimulation with an FSH medication (Follistim AQ® or Gonal-f®). Do not confuse low-dose hCG with your hCG trigger shot (Pregnyl®). While both products contain the same medication, their respective uses are very different.

Low-dose hCG is a sterile compound that comes in a premixed 10mL multiple dose vial containing 100 units/mL of hCG, along with a 100 unit insulin syringe for injection.

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