HCG - The pregnancy hormone for men?
HCG – Human Chorionic Ganodotropin (hCG) is called ‘pregnancy hormone’ because it plays an important role in maintaining pregnancy. The pregnancy test kits that women typically use when they miss their period checks for the presence of this hormone.
Along with women, hCG injections are also used for men to treat infertility. If a man’s body is not able to produce enough testosterone, hCG injections are used to stimulate the gonads that produce this hormone. What does testosterone do? While it is a vast subject in itself, it is an important hormone without which men can become infertile (can suffer from Erectile Dysfunction, Absence of Sperms etc).
If the gonads are not producing enough testosterone, usually there won’t be enough sperms produced by the male reproductive organs. This can lead to infertility. hCG is used as an ‘alternative’ for testosterone boosters (used for deficiency of testosterone) to improve the levels of testosterone in the body. Testosterone deficiency is a condition when testosterone present in blood is less than 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood.
Symptoms of low testosterone:
- Low to no sex drive
- Depressed mood.
Using supplements for boosting testosterone in the body can often result in shrinkage of gonads and reducing the sexual function even more; however, hCG does quite the opposite giving the same results, by helping increase testosterone levels naturally and also increases the size of the gonads. Some body builders who take testosterone supplements (anabolic steroids) use hCG to counter the problem of gonad shrinkage.
Side effects of using hCG:
Some common side effects (may not be severe) of using hCG are:
- Growth of male breasts (Gynecomastia)
- Itching, Swelling and Pain where the injection was given
- Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting.
- Very rarely, people experince blood clots.
Can hCG be used for weight loss?
There are numerous case studies that prove that “hCG diet” with very low calorie diet (consuming not more than 500 calories a day) can help in losing weight. However, this practice is not approved by the FDA, USA. If any doctor or sexologist is using hCG to help in your weight loss program, note that, it is not legally approved for this purpose.
Thinking of self administering hCG? Please don’t. You have to see a good if not the best sexologist, talk to him/her about your problems and undergo treatment from him/her. Men with prostate cancer, some brain cancers or uncontrolled thyroid disease must NOT use hCG.
hCG is made from hamster ovary cells. You need to tell your sexologist if you are allergic to any medicine or protein. hCG administration is a best solution to improve testosterone levels and improve a man’s fertility.