Things you should know about Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)
There is more to Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) than the process of regularly injecting testosterone in sufficient quantity to maintain a therapeutic level. HCG is a compound often used in TRT programs.
Your health depends on your body’s ability to manage a host of complex biochemical processes involving enzymes, hormones and other agents whose symbiotic interactions are critical to your well-being. If you throw these sophisticated processes out of balance you risk causing more harm than benefit. Consequently, whenever you introduce testosterone into your system, you must do so with careful consideration of how it is going to impact those powerful but sometimes fragile processes.
The Role of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a glycoprotein composed of 237 amino acids. It is most commonly associated with pregnancy. The placenta creates HCG which promotes the release of various hormones that aid pregnancy, including estrogen and progesterone. However, HCG has been found to be useful in offsetting some of the side effects that occur during testosterone replacement therapy. HCG works by acting in a way that stimulates luteinizing hormone (LH). It is LH’s job to stimulate a man’s Leydig cells (located in the testicles) so they produce testosterone.
Using HCG to Prevent Testicular Shrinkage
When you use TRT to bolster your testosterone levels, at some point your body has as much testosterone as it should normally use. When this occurs, your brain no longer sends out the LH signal to the testicles, effectively short-circuiting the production of testosterone. Your body will not produce testosterone again until your level dips below normal. At this point, the LH once again will transmit its signal to the testicles, enabling the production of testosterone.
Unfortunately, during TRT treatment you receive your testosterone from an outside source rather than via the normal bodily process. As a result, your brain does not fully recognize this source of testosterone, and it is likely it will not send out the LH signal to your testicles. That’s when a problem occurs – because your testicles are not functioning normally, they may shrink. The use of HCG can restore normal size and function to your testicles in a relatively brief time.
Please note that ordinarily, significant testicular shrinkage does not occur during testosterone replacement therapy. However, HCG is used in conjunction with TRT to prevent this side effect.
Using it to Preserve Fertility
Because of HCG’s role in simulating luteinizing hormone (LH), and subsequently follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), it is often implemented throughout the duration of a TRT program to preserve testicular function and sperm production. This is quite commonly used by men who wish to have children. Conversely, man men opt to forgo the use of HCG in an effort to reduce fertility. Although abstaining from the use of HCG may not be considered an effective means of birth-control, it can significantly reduce sperm production, thus decreasing the chances of conception.
How is it Administered
HCG is often advertised on dubious websites online as an oral supplement / liquid. The medically approved, relevant, and truly effective method of administration is when HCG is injected subcutaneously or intramuscularly. The more widely accepted delivery protocol is by means of subcutaneous bi-weekly injection, in doses ranging from 250IU to 500IU, depending on the patient’s physiology, response, and particular needs. The injection is absolutely painless, and self-administered with an insulin syringe.
Learn More About HCG with TRT
To learn more about why HCG is including with your Testosterone Replacement Therapy program, please be sure to call Virility, Inc. at (800) 503-4033.