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Hcg Injections For Men

hcg injections for men

Human chorionic gonadotropin, also known as hCG, is a hormone which plays different roles in male and female sexual development. In women, hCG affects ovulation and fertility. In men, physicians may prescribe hCG to increase or restore testosterone production. Both men and women use hCG for weight loss, though this method is controversial and not FDA-approved.


Men suffering from androgen disorders take hCG to jump start their testosterone production. Following a round of anabolic steroids, weight-lifters might use hCG to restore their natural testosterone cycle says the University of New South Wales. HCG also raises sperm counts, so it can improve male fertility. In pubescent males, hCG may correct sexual abnormalities.

How does it work to increase testosterone?

In men, hCG acts like luteinizing hormone (LH). LH stimulates Leydig cells in the testicles, which results in the production of testosterone. LH also stimulates production of sperm within structures in the testicles called seminiferous tubules.

As hCG stimulates the testicles to produce testosterone and sperm, the testicles grow in size over time.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effects men experience when hCG injections are used include:

  • growth of male breasts (gynecomastia)
  • pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting

In rare cases, people taking hCG have developed blood clots. Although also rare, allergic reactions can occur, including mild skin rashes and severe anaphylactic reactions.


Possible interactions include: herbal or dietary supplements, like blue cohosh, black cohosh, or chasteberry. This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use.


A prescription medication, hCG is injected subcutaneously. According to, it’s sold as a powder that’s mixed with liquid, and it’s also available in filled syringes. Men typically inject hCG into their skin or muscle, and injections can be done at home.

Signs of Low Testosterone

The natural effects of aging cause a reduction in the body’s hCG levels which produces a depleted production of testosterone. Many men start noticing changes in their body such as:

  • Declining muscle mass
  • Increased body fat, especially in the abdomen
  • Depression
  • Low sex drive
  • Soft penile erections
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • Inability to easily attain an erection
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Enlarged, tender pectoral tissue
  • Fatigue

After carefully evaluating your symptoms, your doctor will probably request further testing for low testosterone. Ideally, your testosterone should be tested during the peak hours of 7 am to 10 am with an easy blood draw. If low levels are detected, then a second blood draw test on another day is usually recommended. Any reading of less than 300 ng/dl is considered low, according to Abraham Morgentaler, M.D. at Harvard Medical School.