Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is not a steroid, but is now widely used by athletes. HCG is a natural hormone secreted by the placenta. The drug is obtained by releasing the hormone from the urine of pregnant women. HCG is not produced by the male body, but it is almost identical to the naturally occurring luteinizing hormone for men. LH stimulates the production of testosterone by testicles in men. Gonadotropin also stimulates the production of testosterone due to its effect on Leydig cells in testicles.
Usually, gonadotropin is used to treat ovarian diseases in women, as well as to stimulate testicles of hypogonadal men. Athletes use hCG to stimulate the natural production of testosterone by the body, disrupted as a result of long-term use of steroid drugs. In addition, if steroids are used in high doses, they can send incorrect signals to the hypothalamus, which leads to suppression of the signals received by the testicles. If within a few weeks the testicles receive weak signals from the pituitary gland, their ability to respond to signals weakens, leading to their atrophy. To avoid this effect, athletes use gonadotropin to stimulate artificial signals. After the injection, hCG increases the testosterone level in the blood very quickly – just two hours after the injection. The second splash occurs two to four days later.
Gonadotropin therapy is very effective in preventing testicular atrophy and stimulating the body’s natural biochemical processes that increase testosterone levels in the blood during training periods. Some admirers of steroid preparations reported that during the application of hCG along with steroids, the increase in their strength and mass reached the best results. This can be explained by the fact that along with the presence in the body of artificial steroids at this time, the level of natural androgens is also high.
The optimal dosage of HCG for athletes is not established, but it is considered that one injection of 1000 – 2000 IU per week will lead to the desired results. To take a “gonado” is recommended courses for three weeks, with interruptions of at least a month between courses. For example, you can take hCG for two to three weeks in the middle of the steroid medication, and two to three weeks at the end of the course. It is assumed that prolonged administration of hCG can irreversibly suppress the natural production of gonadotropins. Therefore, it is recommended to apply it in short courses.
HCG can be gynecomastia, fluid retention in the body, exacerbation of sexual desire, mood swings, headaches and high blood pressure. HCG increases the level of androgens in men by 400%, the level of estrogen also significantly increases. Therefore, the drug can cause serious cases of gynecomastia in people taking too high doses. Other side effects may include nausea and vomiting. There were no cases of complications from drug overdose, carcinoma associated with admission, hepatic or renal insufficiency. Previously, the question arose about whether HCG could carry the AIDS virus, because the drug is biologically active and excreted from the urine of pregnant women, but it is established that such an opportunity is excluded.
So, it is obvious that gonadotropin helps athletes avoid the problems associated with a sharp rejection of steroid drugs. The drug is not determined by doping tests, so some athletes use it to maintain a high level of androgens before the competitions in which these tests are conducted. After mixing the components, the drug should be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than 10 weeks. It is administered only intramuscularly. HCG can be obtained by prescription if you have hypogonadal symptoms.