Side Effects of HCG

Without question the peptide hormone HCG is one of the most side effect friendly hormones of all time. In fact, we can say with confidence the vast majority of users will not have the first problem major or minor. This does not mean side effects of HCG do not exist; there are possible adverse reactions. The primary possible side effects of HCG will be similar to the estrogenic related of testosterone, but they are highly unlikely with responsible use. There is also the issue of possibly inducing secondary hypogonadism; however, this can only be accomplished through HCG abuse. With this in mind, we want to take a look at the possible side effects of HCG and ensure successful use that’s side effect free.

Estrogenic Side Effects of HCG:

The side effects of HCG can include those of an estrogenic nature. The possible estrogenic side effects of HCG are due to the hormone stimulating natural testosterone production and the testosterone hormone itself converting to estrogen through the aromatase process. While possible, there are things to consider in this regard before we freak out. There are two primary times in-which HCG is used by an anabolic steroid user, on cycle or as part of a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan:

  • If used on cycle, estrogenic side effects of HCG are of no concern as the individual will be using some type of anti-estrogen in most all cases. If not, he should consider one and such protection will ensure no issues exist. Further, keep in mind on cycle HCG use will always be extremely low dose use.
  • If used during PCT the total dose will be rather high but it will also be short lived; estrogenic action should not be a concern.

Then there’s the use of HCG as a diet aid, the new fad diet aptly labeled “The HCG diet.” Estrogenic action should not be a large concern with this type of use as HCG doses will be very low; however, it is possible. Those who carry larger amounts of body fat will be at a greater risk and may need some type of anti-estrogenic protection. Important note – the estrogenic side effects of HCG should not be a concern for women using it as a fertility aid. As a fertility aid, however, it will increase the risk of pregnancy complications – such use should be very cautious.

Secondary Hypogonadism:

The side effects of HCG can include inducing secondary hypogonadism, a low testosterone condition. HCG is simply a hormone that mimics the pituitary’s Luteinizing Hormone (LH); it’s not actually LH but it makes the body think there’s LH. It is possible for the body to become dependent on this false LH and when the user discontinues therapy he will have low testosterone. Of the possible side effects of HCG this is the most concerning, but the good news is it almost always takes abuse for this to occur. Those who supplement heavily for long periods of time will be at great risk. Those who use massive amounts for PCT periods for too long of a time will be at great risk. HCG can be very safe and very beneficial but minimal amounts should always be used.

Non-Existent Side Effects of HCG:

Because it is commonly used by anabolic steroid users, those who fuel the performance enhancement hysteria often report impossible side effects of HCG. It’s not uncommon for anabolic steroids to be lumped together in regards to side effects despite such descriptions being grossly inaccurate, and often HCG is thrown into the same boat. So you’re not fooled again, the following represents impossible or non-existent side effects of HCG that are sometimes stated:

  • Gastrointestinal discomfort or any gastrointestinal issue
  • Rash or Skin Irritation
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Mood Swings
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Night Sweats

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