Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a gonad-stimulating polypeptide hormone. In males, HCG stimulates testosterone production. In hormone replacement therapy HCG helps prevent the side effects of testicular shrinkage that may occur. When your bodies receive testosterone from through hormone replacement therapy, HCG helps keeps your body continuing testosterone production. HCG also assist in increasing adrenal function which can lead to improved libido and increased energy.
Frequently asked questions
Is HCG and testosterone the same?
No, HCG stimulates testosterone production. HCG triggers your body to continue producing its own testosterone. HCG also prevents testicular shrinkage that may occur.
My family provider put me on testosterone but did not put me on HCG, should he have?
Depends but often times treating low T alone without adequately addressing stimulating the body’s own production leads to poor results. Think of it this way, what good is a car with a full tank of gas if the engine does not have any oil.
I have heard of the HCG diet, is this the same thing?
Absolutely not. The HCG diet uses HCG along with a very restrictive calorie intake (sometimes as low as 500 calories a day) to stimulate weight loss. Restricting calorie intake to these levels can indeed cause the patient to lose weight but are rarely a positive plan for long term success.