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HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

Human chorionic gonadotropin or human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is a powerful glycoprotein hormone that stimulates the release of a woan's eggs during ovulation and is produced by the developing embryo after conception and later by the placenta.

HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

Generic Name: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)
Brand Names: Novarel, Ovidrel, Profasi, Pregnyl, Dinaron, Endocorion, Gonacor, Ovitrelle, Choragon, Choriomon, Corion, Pubergen, APL, Gonic, Novarel, Choron, Oral HCG, Releana, Uni, Hucog, Organon, Lupi, Chorex, Pregnyl IM, Ovidac, Zykog, Sigma, High Purity, Kizer



HCG levels are easily measured in the blood or urine. In the U.S., this is most commonly, done as a pregnancy test, which are so simple they can be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy or drugstore. Testing for HCG is also used to help diagnose and monitor tumors and gestational trophoblastic disease.

  • Urine tests have published detection thresholds that range from 20 to 100 mIU/ml, depending on the brand. More accurate results are obtained using the first urine of the morning - (when HCG levels are highest. When the urine is dilute (specific gravity less than 1.015), the HCG concentrations may not be representative of the blood concentration, and the test may be falsely negative.
  • The serum test, using 2-4 mL of venous blood, is typically a chemiluminescent or fluorimetric immunoassay detects HCG levels as low as 5 mIU/ml. The ability to quantitate the βhCG level is useful in the monitoring germ cell and trophoblastic tumors, followup care after miscarriage, and in diagnosis of and follow-up care after treatment of ectopic pregnancy.

As pregnancy tests, quantitative blood tests and the most sensitive urine tests usually detect HCG between 6 to 12 days after ovulation.

HCG levels are also a component of the triple test, a screening test for certain fetal chromosomal abnormalities/birth defects.

Reference levels

The following is a list of serum hCG levels. (LMP is the last menstrual period.)

  • 3 weeks since LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml
  • 4 weeks since LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml
  • 5 weeks since LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
  • 6 weeks since LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
  • 7 – 8 weeks since LMP: 7,650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
  • 9 – 12 weeks since LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml
  • 13 – 16 weeks since LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml
  • 17 – 24 weeks since LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml
  • 25 – 40 weeks since LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml
  • Non-pregnant females: <5.0 mIU/ml
  • Postmenopausal females: <9.5 mIU/ml


WARNING: some of the HCG SIDE EFECTS may be life-threatening!!

Learn more about the dangers of HCG

HCG Side Effects in Women | HCG Side Effects in Men | HCG Side Effects in Children | HCG Diet Dangers

HCG acts as the luteinizing hormone in women as it assists the corpus luteum in releasing progesterone that is crucial in preparing the lining of the uterus of uterine for implantation. <Read More>
HCG may be prescribed for men in the treatment of low testosterone, also known as "Low T", low sperm counts and undescended testicles in young men. <Read More>

The American Society of Bariatric Physicians issued a position statement on HCG in 2009. <Read More>
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required labeling and advertising of HCG. <Read More>