What is the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone?

Craig B. Primack, MD
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Bariatric medicine specialist Dr. Craig Primack explains what human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone is. Watch Dr. Primack's video for information on obesity, bariatrics and weight loss.

Sheri L. Emma, MD

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Scientists pinpointed the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) during the 1920s. This hormone is usually found in the blood and urine of pregnant women, but can be found in certain cancers produced by both sexes.
The hormone, hCG, is normally produced by the developing placenta. It helps to maintain the pregnancy and to support fetal development.
The body can begin producing the hormone as quickly as six days after impregnation. It stops producing it after the baby is born.

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