Information about drug
Chorionic gonadotropic hormone – this is the full name of this drug or hCG for short – is not an anabolic steroid. More precisely, it is a protein hormone that is produced in the placenta (uterus) of pregnant women. HCG is formed in the female body in the first 6-8 weeks of pregnancy and makes possible the subsequent production of estrogens and gestagens in the corpus luteum. As a result, the production of these hormones begins in the placenta itself. HCG travels from the bloodstream to the kidneys and is then excreted in the urine. That is why it is extracted from the urine of pregnant women.
The hCG introduced from the outside facilitates the course of the ovulation process in women, since at the time of the maturation of the egg, it comes into action and promotes its release. HCG also promotes the production of estrogen and the corpus luteum.
Gonadotropin and bodybuilding
HCG attracts the attention of bodybuilders for another reason. The fact is that this drug has almost the same qualities as the luteinizing hormone, which is formed in the pituitary gland. In men, luteinizing hormone stimulates the germ cells in the testes and increases the production of androgenic hormones (testosterone). Therefore, injectable hCG is used by athletes to boost testosterone production. As the dosage of steroid drugs decreases, and even more so after they stop taking them, users usually experience a noticeable drop in strength and “mass”. This is mainly due to the fact that the body is sorely lacking testosterone.
At the very beginning of the steroid cycle, the hypothalamus-pituitary-testes arc is disrupted. Steroids increase testosterone levels in the blood and send a signal to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus, in turn, transmits a signal to the pituitary gland to reduce or completely stop the production of follicular-stimulating hormone. As a result, luteinizing hormone begins to act with less intensity on the germ cells in which testosterone is produced. An additional intake of hCG allows you to correct the situation and raise testosterone production.
Moreover, once in the body, hCG begins to work almost instantly. HCG is generally unique due to its two-phase effects. The first peak of the rise in plasma testosterone levels in the blood begins about two hours after the injection of hCG, and the second – after about 48-96 hours. At the same time, the average level of plasma testosterone increases, and the height of the peaks and the average level depend, according to research by scientists, on the dose of hCG administered.
Purpose of gonadotropin
When should you take gonadotropin hormone? The answer to this question is also ambiguous. In Canada, it is a common practice to inject HCG after the end of the steroid cycle. I believe it would be more reasonable to start the HCG cycle while the steroid dose is being reduced. Let me explain: as soon as you start to reduce your steroid intake, the body is increasingly experiencing testosterone deficiency.
And, as a consequence, some loss of strength and muscle volume can be observed already at this stage, although the unique property of steroids is that they are anti-catabolic and even relatively small dosages are able to maintain muscle volumes and strength indicators even with a lack of calories, which they use usually athletes are “drying”.
Does it make sense to conduct HCG courses in other situations? Yes, when it comes to very long steroid cycles, three months or longer. In these cases, it is very advisable to take a two- to three-week pause somewhere in the middle of the steroid cycle and conduct a blitz cycle of HCG. This will at least to some extent “invigorate” the sex glands. Some athletes, having finished the steroid course only in order to give themselves a break and after three weeks start a new cycle.
Post-cycle therapy scheme
- 1-16 days gonadotropin 2500 units every other day
- 1-30 days Clomid 50 mg twice a day
- 1-45 days tamoxifen 20 mg per day.
The protocol was tested on 19 men, aged 23 to 57 years, who received a 12-week course of testosterone cypionate and nandrolone decanoate. The average LH level before the course was 4.5, after the course less than 0.7, after PCT – 6.2
The use of hCG to accelerate the start of testosterone production and maintain the performance of the testicles is impractical. When using gonadotropin, we invade hormonal regulation at a higher level than when taking steroids – the hypothalo-pituitary loop. No matter how paradoxical it sounds, but taking testosterone is safe
When taking hCG, the same side effects can occur as when taking testosterone. A sharp increase in sexual desire is possible. Gynecomastia (swelling of the mammary glands) can develop as a result of a sharp increase in estrogen levels.
In high doses, gonadotropin can cause acne and the accumulation of water and mineral salts in the body, which, in turn, can give the user’s muscles a watery, edematous appearance. In very young athletes, taking HCG can lead to premature completion of bone growth. Sometimes, such phenomena were even observed that men began to feel the same symptoms as pregnant women: vomiting, growth of body fat, etc.
This drug is medical product and requires following recommendations of using and storing. It should be stored in the cool dark place, avoiding direct sunlight. It’s also necessary to prevent applying this drug by children.
You MUST consult with your attending physician before you start using this drug. We also ask you to take into account that this drug may cause some side effects. Some of events can be life-threatening. If you notice any disturbing symptoms you should to contact with your physician. In some cases, it is necessary to stop taking the drug for a while. Also you must inform your doctor if you taking this drugs with other medicines. So physician can prescribe proper treatment and help to avoid any unpleasant adverse effects.