Human gonadotropin is a glycoprotein, a drug obtained from the urine of pregnant women. It comes in the form of injections and is produced in many countries. Pregnil from Organon, Prophase from Serono, is intended for the treatment of undescended testicles in children at an early age, hypogonadism (reduced testosterone production by the body) and infertility in women. Among athletes, HCG is used to stimulate the natural production of testosterone during or after the steroid cycle. If the cycle stops abruptly, especially when there is no endogenous androgen, this can cause a very rapid loss of newly acquired muscle mass. If HCG is used, this loss can be prevented. Counterfeiting is not widespread. Some athletes have noted unpleasant side effects when using counterfeits – fever and skin defects, from insufficient sterility of the drug, so be careful. The preparation is always packaged in two separate ampoules, one with powder and one with a sterile solvent. The contents of the ampoules are mixed before use and the mixture is frozen for further use.
HCG is given as an injection under the skin or in the muscles. If you are using HCG at home, your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will give you specific instructions on how and where to enter this medicine. Do not independently administer HCG if you do not fully understand how to give an injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Call your doctor if you have any of these signs of a blood clot: pain, heat, redness, numbness, or tingling in your arm or leg; Confusion, extreme dizziness or severe headache.
How should I use hCG?
Use HCG exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in large quantities or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on the recipe label.
HCG is given as an injection under the skin or in the muscles. Your doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You can show how to administer the medicine at home. Do not yourself administer this medicine unless you fully understand how to give an injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Use one disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to get rid of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
In order to be sure HCG helps your condition, your doctor must check you on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled meetings.