Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or HCG, is a hormone. This hormone helps a woman’s ovaries develop healthy eggs. It also assists the egg in releasing during ovulation. Pregnancy tests are designed to detect an increase in HCG levels during pregnancy.
Since this hormone helps egg development and ovulation, it is often used as an infertility treatment. Treatment is done by injection and fertility treatments should be monitored by a physician. Multiple pregnancies are often the result of hormonal treatment due to increased egg stimulation. You should not use HCG if you are already pregnant.
If this hormone is present in the blood or urine, or in a man or non-pregnant woman, it may indicate a tumor or cancer. Cancer or a tumor in the ovaries or testicles, or cancer in the stomach or other organs, can result in HCG being detected. Detecting the hormone does not always mean a cancer is present and your physician must run other tests.
Many individuals use an HCG treatment for rapid weight loss. Unfortunately, the benefits of this for a diet have not been proven. The basis of the diet is that participants reduce their daily calorie intake to around 500 calories a day. This extremely low calorie intake will create weight loss with or without the addition of hormones. It is also unhealthy for any sustained period. Consult a qualified physician before you begin any extreme weight loss method.
Testosterone Production and Steroids
HCG increases testosterone production in men. Athletes that use steroids will take the hormone during breaks from steroid use. Steroids decrease production of testosterone and using the HCG hormone helps restore the body’s natural ability for testosterone production. The negative aspect of this is that the hormone can also hide steroid use. For this reason, males are banned from using the hormone by athletic associations. Women are not restricted due to potential pregnancy and the fact that the hormone does not produce muscle tissue in women.