Question: “How should HCG be used in aftercare therapy?”
Ideally, HCG should not be used at all in Post Cycle Therapy (PCT). In a steroid regimen, HCG should only be used when an error has been made and needs to be corrected.
When it is used after a cure, its purpose is to correct the lack of reactivity of the testicles or the shrinkage that developed during this cure. The longer the course of treatment, the more likely there is a problem, and the more likely it will be.
If a lack of reactivity appears, then, even after the production of LH (Luteinizing Hormone) is restored, the testes will not produce sufficient testosterone and general recovery is significantly delayed. This side effect of steroids can be really substantial.
Taking 5,000 to 10,000 IU (International Units) of HCG over a period of 4 to 8 weeks can restore this reactivity.
It is a bad idea to let the testicles atrophy and start HCG after a steroid regimen. It is better not to let these problems appear at all. In addition, the use of HCG during post cure treatment may prevent the re-establishment of LH production. So now is not a good time to use it.
HCG should rather be used in the middle or late in the treatment but not after the last steroid injection of this treatment.
The typical period of HCG use will be approximately 4 weeks. During a course of 8 to 12 weeks, the 4 weeks (approximately) of taking HCG should be those before the last steroid injection. In a 14-week course, the 4-week period should take place at the start of the second half of the course. For example, take HCG at the earliest during weeks 6 to 9 and at the latest during weeks 9 to 12.
The quantity to be taken is divided between a minimum of 3 doses per week. For example 275 IU taken 3 times a week will make a total of 5000 IU taken after 4 weeks. But one can take a dose a day or every other day or 4 times a week. In fact there is almost no difference in the results, no matter what pace you choose.
The total amount taken per week need not be exact. For example, you can take 500 IU 3 times a week or take 200 IU every day.
If you take more than 1250 IU per week from a 5000 IU vial, it will not last 4 weeks. For example, if you take 500 IU 3 times a week, the bottle will last just over 3 weeks. But it’s close enough to 4 weeks and at this rate, the bottle will be enough. If you take more than that, you will not have more results per week, but on the other hand, you will have obtained less results when the bottle is finished.
When HCG is used according to this method, the side effects of testicular shrinkage and loss of responsiveness are avoided. Recovery is complete when LH production is restored. It is therefore not necessary to use HCG in PCT (post-cure treatment) and recovery is faster.
In some cases, it is better to take HCG for the duration of the steroid treatment rather than just 4 weeks. One of these cases is when you are taking a cure with non-aromatizable steroids such as Masteron, Primobolan, Trenbolone, Anadrol or even Oxandrolone. The levels of Estradiol, which is mainly produced by testosterone, drop too much like the levels of testosterone, during these non-aromatizable cures. By maintaining a normal level of testosterone, HCG, if used during the entire course of treatment, will also maintain a sufficient level of estradiol.
There is another case where it is recommended to use HCG for the duration of taking steroids. This is where the user does not cure with stops but uses steroids constantly without stopping.