HCG is a highly beneficial hormone in fertility stimulation and in the treatment of low testosterone. In fact, it is rapidly becoming an integral part of many low testosterone treatment plans. For the anabolic steroid user, the performance enhancing athlete, HCG can be beneficial but it can also be damaging. Many get very carried away with on cycle use and lead themselves to an early low testosterone condition. Granted, most men will benefit from testosterone therapy at some point in their life regardless, but many steroid users end up requiring sooner and often due to improper HCG use. The hormone can be beneficial but use must be kept moderate and monitored.
If you do not know what you are doing (. you used steroids with the most side effects, you abused the dosage, etc) then not only will you get bad side effects during the period of use, but you also will also get worst side effects after the use. Again, the degree of side effects is directly proportional to the dosage and type of the steroid and also dependent of the genetic propensity of the subject to get such side effects. Therefore, it would be impossible for me or anyone else to exactly predict what kind of side effects a user might encounter during a period of use. However, one thing is for certain. If you abused the drugs by using super high dosages and for very long periods of time, you may never be able to re-establish natural testosterone production, so you will then need to get with an endocrinologist and possibly stay on low dose testosterone therapy for life.
It is clear that steroids are superior to hormones when it comes to take a lot of muscles. However, hormones are most popular and generally have a better reputation than it is in the middle of the circle bodybuilding or anti-aging.
The overall impression will be, steroids will save you a lot of muscle, but the price to pay are; acnes, water retention, temperament change, increased prostate and possibly gynecomastia. It is a fact, hormones are not as anabolic steroids, people will think that hormones will give you lean muscles without the side effects. Hormones also have a reputation for being a fountain with followers of antiging in this environment where steroids are often considered dangerous.
So there is lack of knowledge of both products, so they are not entirely comparable.