Lifestyle

What you need to know about hCG, the ‘pregnancy hormone’

HCG is a hormone almost exclusively produced during pregnancy, and plays an important role in sustaining an embryo until the placenta is formed. At-home pregnancy tests work by detecting hCG in the urine. HCG is produced in very minimal quantities in non-pregnant women and men and does not appear to […]
What you need to know about hCG, the ‘pregnancy hormone’
Lifestyle

Plan B: Side effects, how long they last, and how to get relief

Emergency contraceptives, like Plan B One-Step, use a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel, which mimics the sex hormone progesterone, which prevents ovulation and, hence,pregnancy. Plan B contains three times more levonorgestrel than a regular birth control pill. As a result, this large, concentrated dose can cause side effects like fatigue, nausea, […]
Plan B: Side effects, how long they last, and how to get relief