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HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a protein (or peptide) hormone that is naturally and endogenously produced by the female human body by the syncytiotrophoblast cells in the placenta.   It is administered to women that suffer from infertility and men for the treatment of hypogonadism and pubertal delay in adolescent males.

Among the anabolic steroid using bodybuilders and athletes, HCG has been used for a long time for its ability to restore endogenous Testosterone production following the completion of an anabolic steroid cycle. This is a period in which hormonal restoration is imperative, and HCG is normally inserted into Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) which lasts approximately 4 – 6 weeks after an anabolic steroid cycle has ended.

HCG should not automatically be utilized during an anabolic steroid cycle unless the cycle is of an extremely long length (12 or more weeks), and/or the individual is prone to very quick and very severe suppression/shutdown of the HPTA. If an individual engages in an anabolic steroid cycle of very long cycle lengths (12 weeks or longer), the use of HCG doses every week during the cycle might be necessary due to the extended time in which testicular atrophy will remain.

For the purpose of maintaining testicular function during an anabolic steroid cycle, a standard dose of 250 – 500IU of HCG doses administered 1 – 2 times weekly (each injection spaced evenly apart during the week) should be performed if necessary.

The best possible addition to HCG during Post Cycle Therapy is NolvadexHCG can be administered through intramuscular injection or subcutaneously.  The majority of anabolic steroid users will elect to inject HCG subcutaneously. Peak blood plasma levels will be reached within six hours for intramuscular injections, and between sixteen and twenty hours when administered subcutaneously.