HCG injections are a common complement to testosterone replacement therapy among males. When combined with testosterone and estrogen control (aromatase inhibitor) as described in the testosterone trifecta plan, it can help maintain long-term fertility and hormonal balance.
Human chorionic gonadotropin is mainly known for its production during human pregnancy by the developing embryo after conception, and subsequently followed by syncytiotrophoblasts in the placenta.
Vial of HCG for injections
What the commercials don't tell you … "the pregnancy hormone" found in the urine in a pregnancy test is actually HCG!
In addition, HCG can also be produced by some cancerous tumors, which in some cases can help in a positive diagnosis.
However, for our purposes, we are interested in its use as a pituitary analog of HCG, known as luteinizing hormone (LH). In males, LH is a signal from the pituitary gland to the testes to produce more testosterone.
An intricate feedback system that in some cases becomes dysfunctional in men with low testosterone, also referred to as hypogonadism.
ROUTES BY ADMINISTRATION
Currently, the only viable way to administer HCG is through injection, preferably subcutaneously (under the skin).
Be vigilant of fake “oral HCG formulations” be engaged in the supplemental market. Most are homeopathic remedies which contain virtually no human chorionic gonadotropin what ever!
As a glycoprotein, the idea of absorption through oral supplementation is however moot. The best solution to obtain HCG is through a medical prescription from a licensed physician specializing in hormone replacement therapy.
HCG LEVELS AND TESTOSTERONE DOSING PLANS
There are a number of protocols currently favored in the medical community. A common dosing schedule is an injection of 500 IU of HCG on days 5 and 6, used in conjunction with a weekly injection of 100 mg of testosterone on day 7.
If you prefer a shorter dosing schedule, as I do, due to testosterone half-life issues and to maintain more stable levels, shots of both can be done every 2 or 3 days … Shot for a combined weekly total of 1000 IU of HCG and 100 mg of testosterone.
Due to HCG transported in a water-based solution, its viscosity is much lower than oil-based testosterone preparations. This allows for easier use of the smaller gauge needles (30G or 31G), which contributes to faster injection times and, overall, a more enjoyable experience.
Depending on the prescription, most HCG vials dispensed in pharmacies will contain 10,000 IU of HCG dissolved in 10ml of bacteriostatic water. Therefore, if 500 IU of HCG is the desired dosage, 0.5 ml of solution are extracted.
10000 IU / 10 ml = 1000 IU / ml
500 IU = 0.5 ml
APPROPRIATE STORAGE OF HCG
If HCG is received through a prescription, most pharmacies will pre-mix the HCG powder with bacteriostatic water. After mixing, it can degrade rather quickly, so refrigeration is extremely important.
With optimal refrigerator conditions of 3 to 5 degrees C (37 to 41 degrees F), your HCG should last about 30 days, before it starts to become non-therapeutic.
Some people have used pregnancy tests to help determine the quality of their HCG towards the due date. However, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this practice.