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What are the side effects of Human Menopausal Gonadotropin (hMG)?

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Human menopausal gonadotropin or hMG (Repronex® or Menopur®) is a drug that can be used to treat infertility. Infertility is described as the inability to conceive a baby within one year of trying. HMG (also called menotropins) is a hormonal mixture of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). HMG, in combination with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), helps ovulation to occur in females. It also helps to stimulate the production of sperm in males dealing with fertility issues. Side effects of hMG include mild bloating, severe stomach pain, moderate to severe bloating, decreased urine output, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, severe pelvic pain, rapid weight gain, rash, shortness of breath, injection site reactions, ovarian cysts, and runny nose. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately if your side effects become bothersome or severe. If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant, be sure to talk to your doctor about what the best treatment is for you.

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