What is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG is a powerful polypeptide hormone derived from pregnant women. The hormone was first discovered in the 1920s and sold as an extract of Organon under the brand name Pregnyl. However, by the 1960s extract was no longer needed as the hormone was now obtained by filtering and purifying the urine of pregnant women. When it first hit the market, HCG was touted as holding numerous therapeutic benefits. Some claims were almost outrageous but its purpose of use has become somewhat limited in the modern age. However, this peptide is well appreciated in both therapeutic and performance circles. No, it’s not an anabolic steroid but many anabolic steroid users find it useful while on cycle and especially during the crucial post cycle therapy or PCT phase.When it was first discovered, the effects of HCG were said to be perfect for treatment control cryptorchidism, obesity, depression, female infertility, uterine bleeding and numerous other issues. However, currently the hormone is primarily limited to treating infertility in women, cryptorchidism in men, hypogonadism, genital defects, or low testosterone The exception would be the use of HCG in the highly touted HCG diet. The HCG diet has rapidly become one of the most popular diets for weight loss in the modern age but the effectiveness of the diet is highly debated.The American Medical Association and more recently the American Society of bariatric physicians have bashed the diet stating the only reason weight loss occurs is due to the fact that such patients starve themselves. Typical HCG diet normally consist of approximately 500 calories per day. Further, the HCG hormone has no thyroid stimulating abilities. It is in no way a beta-2 stimulant. It does not suppress or curb appetite and it does not possess any traditional traits associated with fat burning agents. In short, solid evidence that the HCG diet promotes fat loss is found lacking and currently remains a topic of extreme debate.
The primary effect of HCG and really the only one of notable work when it comes to therapeutic or performance-based treatments is in its ability to mimic luteinizing hormone or LH. In short HCG is exogenous LH, the primary gonadotropin the will follicle stimulating hormone or FSH. HCG does provide a slight FSH mimic, but it is the LH related action that matters most. This is what stimulates consumption for the infertile patient it is a solid treatment for low testosterone for those who suffer due to inadequate LH production. Remember, when LH is released it signals to the testicles to produce more testosterone.
Then we have the performance-enhancing athlete or the anabolic steroid user. Here HCG has an important role to play. Its most important role is to be part of a post Cycle therapy plan or PCT. This is the phase in which we stimulate natural testosterone production due to being suppressed during the use of anabolic steroids. The use of HCG will normally occur at the front end of a PCT. This will greatly increase natural production and prime the body for the SERM therapy to come normally.
Such therapy will include Clomid or Nolvadex and often both. Another time for the anabolic steroid user to supplement with HCG is while on cycle in order to prevent testicular atrophy that will result due to natural testosterone suppression. The problem of this type of therapy is that it can easily lead to a permanent low testosterone condition. The anabolic steroid cycle and HCG use comes to an end and while the body will not become dependent on anabolic steroids, it can become dependent on the LH mimicking effect provided by HCG. If you already suffer from low testosterone and you’re using HCG on cycle this isn’t a problem and will keep your testicles from atrophy. A pure cosmetic concern in this case, however if you used on cycling you do not suffer from low levels it can be effective and it might help you recover easier post cycle. The total use must be regulated with the close up failure to do so will result in complications with your natural hormone production.
HCG Side Effects
The side effects of HCG that may occur will generally be those associated with high levels of testosterone. After all it is increasing testosterone production, although unnaturally through the LH mimicking effect. This can lead to gynecomastia and water retention in some men. However, on cycle this is rarely an issue as anti-estrogens are normally part of most cycle plans. As for PCT use, HCG uses generally short-lived. Gynecomastia should not be a problem and any water-retention should be controllable. In reversal with diet and a little time. With HCG diet most will not be using enough HCG to cause any problem.
The most common side effect is water retention especially in the short term. What happens is after a few days of using HGH, your body can start to retain water especially in your fingers, toes and your face and it can be uncomfortable. But it’s also a good sign in the way that it’s telling you that your HGH is actually legit more than likely. There are several ways to avoid fluid retention but at first you need to understand the mechanism on why growth hormone even retains water in the first place. So the main three factors that regulate the amount of water in the body are vasopressin, a and P and the number of sodium ions all right now and P and vasopressin they perform different functions a and P reduces your number of sodium ions in your body and water but vasopressin actually induces their retention so when you take HGH the balance of these substances breaks and vasopressin starts to retain fluid. so how do you avoid it? Well one thing is limiting your sodium intake all right.
The general daily amount that you’re supposed to take in is 2300 milligrams a day – most people take in a lot more than that. You have to balance your sodium and potassium levels. You’re supposed to be getting 4700 milligrams of potassium per day. Most people are nowhere near that, you’ve got to keep these in balance you’ve got to get that potassium level up and keep your sodium level to 2,300 or below. Obviously you don’t eliminate sodium completely. You’ve got to have some. But you’ve got to keep it under control.
Also you can divide your daily amount of growth hormone into two to three injections. The hardest side effects are actually noticed when scientists inject HGH three times a week. Under this protocol, HGH gets to the body in extremely high doses and what it does is it disrupts the balance of A and P and vasopressin. To avoid adverse side effects of HGH, just try to follow natural biorhythms of growth hormone secretion which is two to three times per day. Drink less alcohol or just don’t drink at all because it retains water. Drink more water more water. Vasopressin is actually sensitive to water intake so if you drink too little amount of water which is obviously not good anyway the body tries to retain it and then you know natural.
Some natural diuretics include dandelion root, which is very safe and effective. There’s also some good diuretic teas out there that are natural. If water retention makes you uncomfortable you can have drinks like caffeine, for example coffee, tea, etc. These are natural diuretics. It’s not going to make you lose ten pounds of water but it’s definitely helpful. Next is carpal tunnel syndrome – this is also very common. With carpal tunnel syndrome, you just have to be aware of some things like finger numbness, pain in your fingers and your wrist. This effect will go away after about a month into your cycle. Generally, this is caused by compression of the median nerve in your wrist. The median nerve is actually divided into four nerves that go to four fingers so when it’s compressed the fingers become insensitive and you feel tingling in them now. The side effect of HGH is caused by water retention in your wrists and an increase in bone mass. This effect actually become actually disappears after the carpal ligament becomes a little bit wider so to fight carpal tunnel syndrome, you can use multivitamins and B6 vitamins.
Risk effects of HGH
Now let’s talk about some risks of HGH side effects. Number one would be diabetes. This is pretty well known out there but there are probably some people that aren’t aware of this. Insulin and growth hormone what they do is that they influence glucose metabolism in different ways. Insulin transports sugar from blood to the cells and this decreases your blood glucose level. At the same time growth hormone makes the body use fat as energy so the sugar stays in the blood and it isn’t used as energy. This leads to elevated levels of sugar an excess of work of the pancreas which tries to decrease this level so because of HGH the pancreas needs to work more and what happens then that results in the possibility of diabetes. So how do you prevent the risk of becoming diabetic. First of all, this HGH side-effect is dangerous if you are genetically inclined to diabetes so you’ve got to know that right off the bat. Look at your relatives check whether they have problems with the level of glucose that they have. If they do, you’re not recommended to use growth hormone whatsoever.
Second pass the blood sugar tests a normal level of blood taken from a finger is like three-three to five-five. So if you have the higher level dust don’t use growth hormone. And don’t take it for longer than three to four months. This period relatively safe if we talk about long-term side effects of human growth hormone you can run longer periods but only if you know that you’re not prone to certain things. You have to be careful if you know that there’s histories, just don’t do it.
There’s also a worry or talk of HGH in cancer. Cancer is the among one of the most discussed side effects of growth hormones. People are worried about tumour occurrence and its development and recurrence.
Cancer initiation: growth hormone can’t induce cancer by itself so that’s one good thing it was proved by P.J. Jenkins. He claims that recent surveillance of children and adults that were treated with HGH has revealed no increase whatsoever in observed cancer risk. So HGH can’t induce it. all right and why is that? well it’s because it doesn’t influence defective cells that are considered to be the reasons of cancer.
Now here’s the thing though, HGH can accelerate growth and development of tumours that already exist and this happens through the mechanism of promoting the division of cells including cancer cells. So that’s something you have to be very careful of.
For Cancer recurrence, there is some recent research out there that show that growth hormone treatment of children with removed brain tumors doesn’t show high chances of cancer recurrence in normal circumstances.
Also for suppression of the thyroid gland, this side effect of human growth hormone occurs when doses are higher than 10 to 15 I.Us per day. In this case the thyroid gland works very hard and is probably going to need help from exogenous hormones. But nobody should be running that amount of HGH; it’s just ridiculous.
There are a lot of ‘mythological’ HGH side effects that people talk about that may not be true. Number one is the suppression of your endogenous growth caused by the hormone. The myth that injectable HGH causes suppression of the endogenous hormone is connected with the suppression effect of steroids on testosterone, but scientists haven’t found long-term effects on production of your own GH. There was a study done that proved that secretion of HGH starts 24 to 30 hours after the last injection and the pituitary works just as well as before HGH usage.
Short-term suppression does exist. It was even researched and it’s connected with somastatin which reacts with the level of IGF-1. Somastatin blocks HGH secretion when IGF -1 levels are high. The level returns to a normal range 20 to 30 hours after the injection of HGH and then the body starts to produce its own growth hormone.
Let’s talk quickly talk about HGH gut let’s just be realistic here bloated bellies and bodybuilders are a complex phenomenon. It isn’t just caused by HGH. Growth hormone is a part of a professional anabolic cocktail which consists of steroids and insulin in conjunction these drugs not only give the extreme muscle mass and excessive food consumption but they lead to growth of the stomach. Growth hormone is a part of a professional anabolic cocktail. That alone is not going to do it my belief is that it’s really the insulin. People will say it’s these three and maybe so when they’re used together. Insulin is what generally is doing it. Professional bodybuilders do use HGH for very long periods of time and they take much higher doses so amateurs who want to try growth hormone don’t have to worry about the same things as bodybuilders as well when you’re in that 10 to 15 IU range then maybe just maybe it is just the HGH on its own.
Another thing I’ve seen people say one is problem with your libido which I don’t hear that much but I actually found some instances of it. There is a myth that HGH can provoke problems with sexual function and it’s caused by mistaken identification of growth hormone as a steroid HGH and steroids are completely different and have different effects. Growth hormone does not influence testosterone levels and libido. Also there is a myth that HGH will affect your hair that is this associated with steroids and should not be associated with HGH. In fact, HGH can accelerate collagen synthesis which can result in better hair.
Rare side effects of HGH
Just a few rare side effects of HGH redness after injection is a normal immune response to growth hormone this effect is described you know if you go to several different HGH sites you can find it they’ll talk about it and discuss it but it’s normal. It could be connected with poor hygiene during injection as well so just be aware of that.
This problem is rare as well but some people will have some morning fatigue and a headache some people will describe that they wake up very tired or kind of feel like that hangover effect a type of thing that you get when you take muscle relaxers and things like that that have a hangover effect. That’s probably caused by at low quality growth hormone probably which contains too much bacterial residue.
Suggested Dose and Administration
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As there are several uses for HCG we will find there are several HCG cycles and doses. For ovarian stimulation, HCG is administered at the precise point during the menstrual cycle at a dose of 5,000 to 10,000 IU’s. For the treatment of low testosterone total use can last anywhere from 6 weeks to a full-year. Short term plans normally call for 500 to 1000 IUS three times per week, for three weeks followed by 500 to 1000 IUs two times per week for the final three weeks. For long term HCG patients, the total dosing normally files in the 4000 IU range given three times per week for six to nine months. At this point the dose will be adjusted to the 2000 IU range three times per week for another three months.
For the anabolic steroid users supplementing during his cycle, 250 IUs every four to five days is standard and should rarely be exceeded if future natural testosterone production is to be protected. Total use will normally stretch the breadth of the cycle. For the PCT phase the most important phase of HCG use there are two general protocols. The first calls for 1,500 to 4,000 IUs to be administered every 3 to 4 days for a period of two to three weeks. Following the HCG use some therapy will begin. Another option is ministering HCG every day at a dose of 500 to 1000 IUs every day for 10 straight days. Once use comes to an end SERM therapy will immediately begin. An important note on PCT HCG therapy – if your cycle ends with all small ester based steroids HCG therapy will begin approximately three days after your last injection. If your cycle ends with any large ester based steroids, your HCG therapy will begin 10 days after your last injection.
Please contact your physician and do thorough research before starting any type of diet, exercise program, supplement program, drug therapy or if you feel that you may have an existing medical condition.
The information presented here should not be considered medical recommendation in any way. Legal issues regarding anabolic steroids, growth hormone, and other performance related drugs vary from state, province and country. If these drugs are illegal according to the laws governing, please do not engage in their use.