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Hcg Supplement

Hcg Supplement

What Is HCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a natural hormone that doctors prescribe as an injectable drug with the brand names Pregnyl and Novarel, and in a related form called Ovidrel.

HCG improves fertility by increasing sperm production in men and encouraging egg release in women.

It also helps treat sex hormone-linked conditions, such as undescended testes in young men and undeveloped sexual traits in girls.

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.

HCG and Weight Loss

Although a prescription drug, HCG pills and liquid are sometimes purchased as a weight-loss supplement.

Since the FDA has not approved HCG for weight loss or over-the-counter (OTC) use, its sale is illegal, and any purported benefit of HCG in weight loss remains controversial.

The manufacturer of Pregnyl clearly states in its package insert that HCG has no proven benefit in weight loss, appetite decrease, or change in body-fat composition.

Pregnancy and HCG

HCG causes birth defects. It should not be taken if you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant.

Whether or not the hormone enters breast milk isn't known, so talk to your doctor before taking HCG if you are breastfeeding.

What does the research say?

Very little clinical research has evaluated hCG in men with low testosterone levels. In a small study of men with hypogonadism, hCG increased testosterone levels compared to a placebo control. There was no effect of hCG on sexual function.

In one study, men taking testosterone along with hCG were able to maintain adequate sperm production. In another study, men taking testosterone along with hCG were able to maintain testosterone production in the testicles.

HCG Dosage

The dose of injectable HCG that your doctor prescribes depends on your sex and the condition being treated.

  • HCG Overdose

If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

You can contact a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.

  • Missed Dose of HCG

If you've missed an injection or an appointment to receive your injection, call your doctor's office to reschedule as soon as possible.

If you're injecting the medication yourself, call your doctor and do not double the dose to make up for the mixed one

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