What is HCG and how is it used in raising testosterone?
HCG is what synthetic testosterone is to natural testosterone only mimics luteinizing hormone. Leutinizing hormone (or commonly referred to as “LH”) is the hormone that signals the testes to produce testosterone.
This is why HCG is commonly used in post cycle therapy and/or during testosterone replacement therapy. The other major reason for using HCG is it minimizes testicular shrinkage from steroids.
HCG sends the signal to the testes to continue to produce LH. When it comes to the discontinuation of testosterone you have what is called primary hypogonadism and secondary hypogonadism.
Let’s actually talk about secondary hypogonadism first since this is more common. Secondary hypogonadism is when the pituitary gland or hypothalamus stops producing testosterone or stops producing as much testosterone.
The use of HCG in this case is intended to bring LH levels back and help you begin producing your own testosterone again.
To what degree this is effective long-term is up for debate, but it’s helped a lot of men go from low levels to normal levels and has been sustainable after the discontinuation of HCG administration.
In this case the HCG is given to men in 4-6 week long cycles at moderate to heavy dosing each week. The dosing is all dependent on how low the testosterone level was at the time of the reading.
Dosing can range anywhere from 250 iu per week to 2,000 iu per week. Steroid users who only use HCG short term to blast their LH levels back into production will commonly go 2,500 iu per week for only 2 weeks.
The biggest reason for such higher dosing is to stimulate LH faster and to be able to discontinue the treatment before the HCG can convert to estrogen from over-stimulation of natural testosterone.
HCG itself can cause gynocomastia, which is why it’s almost always advised to use an aromatase inhibitor alongside HCG use.
This is why I always recommend bumping up the AI during times of heavy HCG usage.
The aromatase inhibitor will prevent the conversion and allow the user to stimulate his LH and testosterone production without this added risk.