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The human chorionic gonadotropin hormone, or HCG, offers men a natural treatment for low testosterone. It is generally well-tolerated by the body and very safe. A Newport Beach human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) doctor can help you boost your testosterone levels with carefully calibrated doses of the hormone. Contact a Newport Beach doctor today to learn more.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

In pregnant women, the placenta produces HCG after a fertilized egg implants itself into the uterine wall. When a woman undergoes a pregnancy test via a urine sample, it is HCG that the technician looks for to confirm a pregnancy.

In men and women, the pituitary gland produces a hormone similar to HCG, known as luteinizing hormone. In both genders, HCG is used in fertility treatments.

HCG and Low Testosterone

Why should a man with low testosterone undergo HCG treatments rather than testosterone therapy? If a man wants to have children in the relatively near future, HCG can aid fertility. A man suffering from any type of testicular atrophy may also benefit from HCG.

While this hormone does not raise testosterone levels as much as testosterone injections, the latter can cause issues with fertility or testicular atrophy, and both are possible side effects of testosterone injections. With HCG treatment, lost libido can also be restored. For other men, a combination of HCG and testosterone therapy works best, especially if having a child is not on the “to-do” list.

Other HCG Benefits

Besides increasing testosterone levels, there are other possible benefits to men undergoing HCG treatments. These include:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Greater endurance
  • Higher bone density
  • Reduction in arthritis and joint pain.

Application of HCG

A doctor can determine the amount of testosterone in a patient’s system via blood-testing and then prescribe the correct amount of drug for each patient. The doctor will instruct the patient and/or a significant other on how to perform HCG subcutaneous injections, which are done in the fatty tissues of the buttocks, belly, or hips.

HCG is a prescription medication. Under no circumstances should a patient use a non-prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) version of HCG. The use of this drug requires a doctor’s supervision.

HCG Should Not Be Used For Weight Loss

Many versions of HCG are designed for weight loss, but the so-called HCG diet allows for only 500 calories per day—a caloric restriction that almost no one can meet. The FDA does not permit HCG for this use, and companies marketing such products are doing so illegally.

The doctor will design a custom-tailored diet for HCG patients, but it is not the aforementioned extreme version, which at best causes only short-term weight loss. An exercise plan created in conjunction with the diet allows men to regain muscle mass.

HCG Warnings, Side Effects and Contraindications

Most men tolerate HCG very well, but side effects are possible. The most common side effects include:

  • Acne
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea

If these side effects occur, they are often temporary. More common are reactions at the injection site, such as bruising or swelling. These, too, are temporary, but patients taking HCG should call their doctor if an infection develops. Because HCG is a natural hormone, there are few contraindications, with one major exception: men diagnosed with prostate cancer should not receive HCG.

Talk to Us for More Information on HCG

If you would like more information about HCG treatment and whether you are a candidate, call the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation in-person or over a telephone, Skype, or FaceTime call. Dr. Jacobson consults periodically in Newport Beach, but is available digitally if a face-to-face meeting is not possible.