HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a protein hormone produced in placenta of a pregnant woman. Its primary use in medicine is to cause ovulation by infertile women, to substitute luteinizing hormone (causing production of ovaries), by men it is used to treat cryptorchidism in childhood and to substitute luteinizing hormone (affecting production of testosterone) in adulthood.
Use of HCG in bodybuilding
HCG is not an anabolic-androgenic steroid, but in the area of bodybuilding it is used for its ability to affect positively the natural production of testosterone, which is often strongly reduced after the end of use of steroids. If HCG is not used, most of users of anabolic-androgenic steroids go through rapid loss on strength and weight. The loss is deepened until the level of testosterone reaches its natural level. What is more, the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids decreases the appetite to sex. HCG treats this „side effect“, as well.
According to lot of users of HCG, it is necessary that the steroid cycle ends with gradually decreased doses, even though HCG is used. Only if this condition is met, HCG is really effective and the production of testosterone can reach its natural level.
HCG side effects
The use of HCG can lead to side effects, as well. By men, Gynecomastia or saving fat in the area of hips can be a concern. Acne, nausea in the morning or strong pain in the place, where the injection was administrated, can appear, as well. Amongst the possible serious troubles are allergic reactions – local reactions on skin can occur, but there is also a possibility of serious reactions, which can lead in extreme cases and if there is no help in time even to death.
HCG is meant above all for the users of anabolic-androgenic steroids, who use them for long time or in high doses. There are two possibilities how to administrate HCG – either it is used together with the steroids to prevent testicle atrophy or it is used after the steroid cycle to renew the natural production of testosterone. The average dose is 1500 – 3000 international units every fourth or fifth day. HCG should not be administrated for a longer time than three weeks.
HCG is often used with clomiphene citrate. Both substances affect the regeneration of the natural production of testosterone. Clomiphene citrate is used for several weeks, after the use of HCG is ended.