Urologist: Michael Rotman, MD
Urologist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY & Hewlett, NY
Low testosterone can seriously hinder a man’s quality of life. It can cause everything from decreased muscle mass to low libido. If you believe you may have low testosterone, you should know you don’t have to live with it. Treatment is available in the form of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) therapy from Michael Rotman, MD, an expert urologist in New York City.
Low Testosterone and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Q & A
What is human chorionic gonadotropin?
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a type of luteinizing hormone (LH). Although it is a naturally occurring hormone and can help men who want to raise their testosterone, they fear bioidentical hormone replacement therapy alone might cause loss of fertility or testicular atrophy.
As men age, it’s common for them to experience a reduction in one of their most important hormones: testosterone. That can lead to erectile dysfunction, but can also cause:
- Decreased sex drive
- Reduced stamina
- Loss of body hair
In addition to being a natural testosterone replacement therapy, HCG is an effective way of treating the loss of testosterone, helping men increase their testosterone levels back to a normal range.
How does HCG work?
HCG instructs the testicles to produce more testosterone. During testosterone replacement therapy, the hypothalamus begins to reduce its production of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), which in turn causes the pituitary gland to stop releasing LH. Because of the reduction in LH, the testicles begin to produce far less testosterone, and they start shrinking in size and volume.
This condition is called “hypogonadism,” and it can be embarrassing for males and can increase their risk of infertility.
In short, because you’re augmenting your testosterone during testosterone replacement therapy, sometimes your body thinks it no longer has to produce testosterone. That is when HCG reminds the testicles to continue working to produce that testosterone.
By supplementing testosterone replacement therapy with HCG, men can augment the amount of testosterone in their body without risking infertility or hypogonadism.
If prescribed, Dr. Rotman may instruct you on how to self-inject HCG at home. He provides you with precise instructions for self-injection, warning you never to exceed his prescribed dosage.
Are there any side effects associated with HCG?
Experiencing side effects during HCG treatment is possible. You may experience:
You should not use HCG if you have a history of:
- Heart disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Migraine headaches
Book an appointment online with Dr. Michael Rotman today if you’re interested in supplementing hormone replacement therapy with HCG. He’ll walk you through your treatment options, so you can find out if HCG is right for you.
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