Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
How we treat low testosteronene
Custom Prescribed HCG Treatment
Human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, is a hormone most commonly used to induce ovulation in women. However, research shows that HCG also produces testosterone in men. At the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic, we prescribe an HCG subcutaneous injection that can help boost testosterone levels naturally.
How does HCG work?
While testosterone therapy works to help boost testosterone levels in men, it can sometimes cause the shrinkage of the testicles. HCG works similarly without any shrinkage, boosting the testes to be a normal size and function. HCG mimics luteinizing hormone (LH). LH stimulates the Leydig cells causing the testicles to produce testosterone.
How often is HCG Administered?
When beginning our HCG therapy, our specialists will recommend a minimum of one injection per week and a maximum of two injections per week, depending on your circumstance. These are determined by the tests and diagnostics run by our specialists and providers.
What happens if I’m on testosterone and I don’t use HCG?
The reason that testosterone therapy may not be the most beneficial is because it tricks your brain into thinking that it has enough testosterone, and ceases to produce testosterone naturally. Due to the testosterone coming from an artificial source, your body will stop using your testicles to produce testosterone and they will begin to shrink. The shrinkage can depend on the individual, but it can be damaging for many men. In contrast, using HCG therapy allows for your body to stimulate the production of testosterone naturally. HCG works like LH (luteinizing hormone), and tricks the brain into thinking your body is low on testosterone, when it isn’t. Due to this, your brain will increase testosterone production, preventing the shrinking of the testicles. HCG therapy allows for a natural increase of testosterone as your own body increases its production. Many men find this beneficial as they don’t have to worry about shrinkage.
Will HCG stimulate my own testosterone production?
Studies show that HCG increases intratesticular testosterone production, such as what is illustrated on the graph. We do not, however, recommend only using HCG in testosterone replacement therapy. The increased amount of HCG you would require over time will desensitize the Leydig cells to your own LH. That means if you ever stop the HCG therapy, your testicles won’t identify the LH signal coming from your brain. This resistance to the LH pathway is not beneficial. That’s why mixing the HCG and testosterone therapies together allows for your body to remain sensitized while boosting testosterone.