Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)

What is hCG?

hCG, is not an anabolic androgenic steroid but a natural protein hormone which develops in the placenta of women during pregnancy.

In women, hCG stimulates ovulation and is used primarily to treat infertility issues. Home pregnancy tests are based on detecting hCG in urine.

In the world of performance enhancing drugs, hCG is used by men in combination with anabolic androgenic steroids during or after steroid cycles to maintain and restore testicular size and normal testosterone production in the testes.

What are the common names or slang terms for hCG?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is commonly referred to as hCG, HCG, or H.C.G. Trade names include C.G., Choragon, Gonadotraphon, Physex, Pregnesin, Pregnyl, Primogonyl, Profasi, Brumegon, and Prolan.

What does hCG look like?

The commercially available hCG is a dry white powdery freeze-dried substance that is mixed with a liquid sodium chloride solution prior to injection.

How is hCG used?

hCG is injected intramuscularly under the skin.

What are the short and long-term effects on the body?

hCG can cause adverse side effects similar to those of anabolic androgenic steroids, including gynecomastia (the growth of breasts in men), acne, bloating, mood swings, and high blood pressure. In young athletes, hCG can cause an early stunting of growth by prematurely closing growth plates. If hCG is used for too long and in too high a dose, the resulting rise in testosterone will eventually inhibit the body's own production of testosterone, which could result in permanent inadequate gonadal function.

What is its federal classification?