During the course of anabolic steroids (AC), each athlete is obliged to remember about possible adverse reactions of the body and the resulting problems. The most common of these are:
- gynecomastia (growth of mammary glands in men)
- acne on the face
- excessive accumulation of fluid under the skin
- decreased libido and others.
These consequences can be caused by various reasons – individual features of the body, an illiterate built-in scheme for taking AS, which leads to imbalances in the course, as well as sharp changes in the hormonal background
In the arsenal of each professionally trained bodybuilder should be a certain set of drugs. These include:
- mineral-vitamin complexes
- hormonal drugs and others.
Chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) refers to the group of protein hormones that occurs in the placenta (womb) of pregnant women. Gonadotropin is synthesized in the body of a woman in the first trimester of pregnancy and is the basis for the subsequent formation of estrogens and progestins in the yellow body. HCG comes from the bloodstream into the kidneys and is then excreted from the body with urine, which is then used to produce the hormone in the form of a drug. The introduction of gonadotropin into a woman’s body contributes to ovulation, and increases her chances of becoming pregnant.
The attention of the bodybuilders Gonadotropin attracted for another reason. The fact is that this hormone has in fact the same properties as the luteinizing hormone that appears in the pituitary gland. In young men luteinizing hormone provokes the formation of sex cells in the testicles, stimulates interstitial cells (Leydig cells) and promotes the production of sex steroids – testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.
To date, many researchers from the United States agreed on the opinion that, for maximum effect, chorionic gonadotropin should be given in the form of an injection. Consuming it orally, for example, as a dietary supplement, does not produce the expected results.
How to take gonadotropin in bodybuilding
The drug hCG for injection (for intravenous or intramuscular injection) is on sale in any pharmacy. The drug solution is prepared with the help of a liquid (usually sodium chloride), which is attached to the medication. Gonadotropin almost instantly enters the bloodstream and begins its action. Moreover, it is unique in its ability to influence the organism “in two waves” – the first peak of the level of the hormone occurs in 2 hours after administration, when the plasma testosterone concentration in the blood is maximum; the second – 46-48 hours after the injection.
If we talk about how much gonadotropin should be stabbed in bodybuilding, then its dosage depends directly on both the AC scheme and its intensity.
If the AC cycle lasts less than 5-6 weeks and one steroid is taken in small doses, then there is no need for hCG;
In the case of longer use of AS, or if overestimated doses are used (two or more steroid are used), two injections per week should be done with a dosage of 250-500 IU. units. It is possible to increase the dosage of the hormone (up to 2000 IU in the case, for example, post-course therapy). Injections should be done every other day for three weeks. Of course, it must be remembered that the approach to taking hCG for everyone is individual, depends on the characteristics of the body and on the preparations in the course of the AU.
If it is a question of more long steroid courses (from three months and more), it is recommended to include the drug on an ongoing basis. In this case, it is advisable after four or five weeks to take a break for one or two weeks for this and then to conduct a second course of admission.
Gonadotropin Side Effects
During the reception of gonadotropin, there may be similar side effects, as with taking testosterone:
- swelling of the mammary glands
- baldness / increased hairiness of the body
- the appearance of acne
- prostate enlargement
- masculinization in women.
To date, HCG remains one of the most popular hormones among professional athletes. However, despite the beliefs of some athletes, hCG is not able to replace steroids and does not have a fat burning effect. Also, you should be careful when using it to raise testosterone levels – hCG is an unacceptable dope.