One of the most popular remedies on the market is HCG, often falsely associated with HGH or anabolic steroids. It is extremely effective during a cure, but it is also particularly interesting in post-cycle therapy to revive the natural testosterone production and reverse the testicular atrophy. All you need to know about HCG is here:
HCG is not an anabolic steroid, but a protein hormone, which is naturally formed in the placenta of, for example, pregnant women. HCG is formed immediately after the fertilization of the fertilized egg into the uterine lining in the placenta. It has luteinizing properties and resembles the luteinizing hormone (LH) in the anterior pituitary gland. In the first 6 - 8 weeks of pregnancy, the produced HCG allows the continuous production of estrogens and gestagens in the corpus luteum. Later, the placenta itself produces these two hormones. HCG is produced from the urine of pregnant women because it is excreted unchanged from the blood through the urine of the woman after it has passed through the kidneys. The commercially available HCG is sold as a dry substance and used by both men and women. In women it allows ovulation, because it affects the development of the ovum in the last stage and thus stimulates ovulation. It also helps to produce estrogens in the corpus luteum.
The fact that exogenous HCG, as mentioned, has almost identical properties as the luteinizing hormone formed in the hypophysis, the LH, makes HCG very interesting for athletes.
In men, the luteinizing hormone stimulates the Leydig cells in the testes. This in turn stimulates testosterone production radically. For this reason, athletes take injectable HCG to increase testosterone production. HCG is often taken in conjunction with anabolic and androgenic steroids during or after a steroid cure. As mentioned, the intake of oral and injectable steroids leads to a negative feedback in a certain amount and duration. A signal is sent to the hypothalamic pituitary system because the hypothalamus receives a false signal through the steroids. The hypothalamus, in turn, signals the hypophysis to reduce or completely adjust the production of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH. In this way the testosterone production decreases because the testosterone-producing Leydig cells are no longer sufficiently stimulated in the testes due to the decreased LH. Since the body normally takes a certain amount of time to get the testosterone production back on track, the athlete experiences a difficult phase after discontinuation of the steroid preparations, which is often associated with a remarkable loss of strength and muscle mass. The use of HCG immediately after a steroid treatment helps to improve this condition, because HCG increases testosterone production in the testes very quickly and reliably. In the case of atrophy of the testes, i.e. the shrinkage of the testicles, caused by high doses and very long intake times, HCG helps the testicles very quickly to regain their original size. Since occasional injections of HCG can prevent testicular atrophy during steroid ingestion, many athletes take HCG for two or three weeks in the middle of their steroid treatment. It is often observed that at this time the athlete makes the best progress with regard to gain in strength and muscle mass. The reason for this is clear. On the one hand, the athlete's testosterone level immediately increases with the intake of HCG, on the other hand the steroids cause a high concentration of anabolic substances in the blood. Many bodybuilders, heavy weight lifters and weightlifters report a reduced sexual drive at the end of a difficult training cycle, immediately before or after a competition, and especially towards the end of a steroid treatment. Such athletes, who have often taken steroids in the past, accept this fact because they know it is a temporary state. However, those who use steroids throughout the year and who may have psychological consequences or risk the end of a relationship should consider this setback when taking HCG at regular intervals. In most cases, a reduced libido and sperm formation caused by steroids can be successfully cured by treatment with HCG.
Most athletes, however, take HCG at the end of a treatment to prevent a total crash, which means to achieve the best possible transition to a natural workout. A precondition for this is that the dosage of the steroids is reduced slowly and evenly before the intake of HCG. Although HCG causes a rapid and significant increase in the endogenous plasma testosterone level, it is unfortunately not the perfect remedy to prevent loss of strength and mass at the end of steroid treatment. As it is often observed, the athlete experiences only a delayed re-adjustment. Although HCG stimulates endogenous production of testosterone, it does not help normalize the hypothalamic pituitary system. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland are still in a contradictory state after long-term steroid use, and persist in it while HCG is used, because the endogenous testosterone formed as a result of exogenous HCG suppresses endogenous LH production. After discontinuing HCG, the athlete has to go through a re-adjustment period. This is only delayed by the use of HCG. For this reason, experienced athletes often take Clomid and Clenbuterol following HCG intake or immediately begin another steroid treatment. Some take HCG only to get off the steroids for two or three weeks.
Unfortunately, many bodybuilders are still of the opinion that HCG helps them in the contest preparation be harder or reduce subcutaneous fat, so contours and blood vessels get better. HCG's package insert makes it clear that HCG has no known influence on fat mobilization, appetite or feeling of hunger, or on the distribution of body fat. It is not proven that HCG is effective as a concomitant therapy in the treatment of overweight, it also does not reduce fat in addition to a restricted calorie intake.
Athletes should inject 5,000 I.U. every five days. As the testosterone level is clearly increased over several days, as is explained, it is not necessary to inject HCG more frequently than every five days. The relative dose is at the discretion of the athlete and should be based on the duration of the previous steroid intake and the strength of the various steroid preparations. Athletes who take steroids for longer than three months and those who use predominantly highly androgenic steroids such as Anadrol, Sustanon Cypionate, Dianabol (D-bol), etc. should take a relatively high dose. The effective dose for athletes is usually 2000 - 5000 I.U. per injection and should be injected every five days, as already mentioned. HCG should be taken for a maximum of four weeks.
If HCG is taken by male athletes over a period of several weeks at high doses, there is the possibility that the testes will not adequately react to a later intake of HCG and to the distribution of the body-borne LH. This can lead to a permanent inappropriate sexual gland function. HCG cycles should be kept low to the three weeks each, with a break of at least one month in between. For example, HCG can be used in the middle of a cycle for 2-3 weeks and then 2 - 3 weeks at the end of the cycle. It is speculated that the excessive use of HCG can permanently suppress the body's gonadotropin production. For this reason, short cycles are the best choice.
HCG can cause partial side effects similar to those of injectable testosterone. Higher testosterone production is also accompanied by an increased estrogen level, which can lead to gynecomastia. This can manifest itself in a temporary growth of the breasts, or strengthen already existing breast growth in men. Therefore, far-sighted athletes combine HCG with an anti-estrogen. Male athletes also report more frequent erections and increased sexual desire. In high doses it can cause acne and lead to the storage of minerals and water.