Ovitrelle, human chorionic gonadotropin, known as hCG for short, is a hormone used by bodybuilders to improve results when using anabolic androgenic steroids. The hormone is produced by the placenta of a pregnant woman and is essential for a healthy pregnancy in humans. The hormone can be derived from the urine of pregnant women or created in a lab using recombinant DNA.
Some bodybuilders who use steroids also use lhCG at the end of the steroid dosing cycle to increase testosterone production. Another use for hCG is to take it, by injection, in conjunction with a very low calorie diet. Dr Simeons, a British doctor who has studied the treatment of obesity, has theorized that a very low calorie diet of 500 calories a day along with hCG causes body fat, rather than muscle, to be burned for fuel.
Male bodybuilders use hCG at the end of an anabolic-androgenic steroid cycle to prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue and restore the testicles to normal abilities. This often returns the shrunken testicles to their normal size. When used with a very low calorie diet, bodybuilders burn that extra layer of fat on their muscles, giving them an extremely defined look. Women can also use hCG with a very low calorie diet to burn unwanted fat.
According to a 2004 study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, the abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids and dhCG leads to abnormal sperm production. Prolonged use of hCG can inhibit testosterone production. Severe calorie restriction can help with weight loss, but as soon as the person increases their food intake to regular levels, most of the lost weight is regained. This weight loss method does not teach a person to eat properly in order to avoid future weight gain.
The FDA has not approved the use of hCG as a dietary aid. Prolonged calorie restriction can lead to malnutrition and organ damage. For women, taking dhCG by injection may increase the risk of multiple pregnancy and may increase the chance of pregnancy. According to the National Drug and Research Centre-Australia, side effects include:
- hair loss
- male breast development
- excessive water retention
What is hCG for men?
In men, LH tells the testicles to produce testosterone.
In men who are on hormone replacement therapy, their testicles may stop producing testosterone, so hCG can remind their testicles to keep producing testosterone. Some researchers, however, claim that hCG prevents the body from naturally producing LH.
Men with androgenic disorders take lhCG to boost their testosterone production.
After a round of anabolic steroids, weightlifters could use hCG to restore their natural testosterone cycle, according to the University of New South Wales. HCG also increases sperm count, which can improve male fertility. In pubescent males, lhCG can correct sexual abnormalities.
HCG can improve sperm production and sexual development in adolescents. It can also correct undescended testicles.