Understanding Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)
HCG – HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, and it is a natural hormone that has been found to mimic the effects of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) in males. LH plays a vital role in the synthesis and secretion of testosterone. When HCG is utilized to treat male infertility or hypogonadism, it gets to work on mimicking the effects of LH. This, in turn, means that it stimulates the natural production of testosterone from within the testes.
HCG injections are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat specific medical conditions in both women and men. In men, hCG injections are FDA-approved for a type of hypogonadism in which the body doesn’t adequately stimulate the testes to produce the sex hormone testosterone. HCG is incredibly safe, so during the treatment, the male in question will likely not suffer from any adverse side effects at all.
HCG is sometimes used during testosterone replacement therapy because testosterone replacement therapy can lower sperm production due to the feedback loop on both the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. In men still wanting to have children hCG therapy can help preserve sperm production by maintaining intra-testicular testosterone levels. Not only will hCG help to restore your fertility and sperm production, but it can reduce the testicle shrinkage. Using hCG with TRT can restore your testicles to their normal, healthy size and function.
Studies have shown that in healthy normal testosterone men selected to undergo TRT, it was shown that their intra-testicular testosterone levels dropped by 94% while on therapy. However, in those who received HCG injections along with TRT, their intra-testicular testosterone levels only dropped 7%. Additionally, in men who received TRT and a higher dose of hCG every other day, had an increase in intra-testicular testosterone by 26% from baseline was observed. This proved that co-administering low dose hCG could maintain intra-testicular testosterone in those undergoing TRT. It was later shown that not only is intra-testicular testosterone increased with co-administration hCG but the sperm count is preserved as well at one year follow up.
According to the American Urological Association, HCG is appropriate for those men with testosterone deficiency who also desire to maintain fertility. Some of the main uses and benefits of hCG injections include:
- Correcting undescended testes.
- Regulating testosterone production.
- Recovering from diseases or medical conditions that affect the body’s testosterone production.
- As a part of hormone replacement therapy.
- Weight loss, as increasing testosterone levels can help with exercise.
- Maintaining your testicular size.
- Repairing sexual dysfunction. Male sexuality is heavily linked to testosterone levels.
It is important to note that injectable medication provides a more reliable delivery than other drug administration methods of HCG on the market. HCG drops or supplements are NOT a viable alternative to medical-grade HCG. An HCG injection is injected subcutaneously into the fat tissue in the lower stomach or the fat pad of outer glute with a small insulin syringe. Injectable hCG is available through prescription only.
Thanks to the testosterone replacement therapy & HCG therapy, you may experience normal intra-testicular testosterone production, leading to increased fertility and overall health!