Cost is going to be a major factor in your decision about whether to opt for private TRT or attempt to get it free on the NHS. So … how much does Testosterone Replacement Therapy cost in the UK?
I’m guessing that right now you’d like us to deliver a quick and simple answer. There’s more too it than that, take five minutes, make a brew, and read this article. It could save you in the long run.
By the time you reach the end you’ll be a veritable expert in the cost of UK TRT. And crucially, the different service levels you’ll get. That’s the key to understanding whether you are underpaying or overpaying for TRT, to understand the cost you need to understand the value of each offer and the medication involved.
UK TRT Cost : Gotchas
Temptingly Low Headline Prices
The classic Ryan Air pricing technique (although I’m sure they’d rather describe it as “Ultra low cost a-la-carte pricing”).
You get tempted in with a super low headline price. “Fly to Milan for £39” . As you try to checkout you realise you need to pay for your baggage, pay extra to sit together and even …. pay for seats. That’s right, even though you are not allowed to stand there is a charge for standard seats at the back with no additional legroom.
When you get to the airport you have to pay to check in if you never printed your own tickets (£110 no less).
You get on the plane and you need to pay for something to eat and drink. They’ve joked about making people pay to use the toilet but they’ve not gone that far yet. Ryan Air are open and honest about their pricing model – and everyone knows that’s how they roll.
I don’t want to labour the point, but the problem is that there are numerous UK TRT providers that roll the same way – the trouble is that because they are not in the news all the time like Ryan Air, you are unlikely to know which ones roll like Ryan Air. The first lesson in this UK TRT Cost tutorial is;
1. Do your homework. Ensure you know what services you need.
Do you need extra leg room? Are you taking a guitar and your golf clubs? Maybe Ryan Air isn’t for you.
Just Too Easy
A single at-home blood test with the result returned and analysed in only 3 days?
Hmm. Finger prick blood tests done at home might sound like the easy option, but they suffer from a number of drawbacks when compared to a proper venous blood sample taken by a qualified nurse.
- Quantity. You might struggle to get the requisite quantity for the test. I know I had to go or a run and then have a hot shower before doing it in the past. Even then I had to prick multiple fingers, they were like a pin cushion at the end. The small quantity reduces the number of biomarkers that can be tested for.
- Quality. All the finger squeezing can cause bursting of red blood vessels which can spoil the samples, and can increase the levels of some markers like potassium.
- Reliability. About a quarter of blood samples that reach laboratories through the post are not usable. You may have to do it all again.
TRT isn’t like prescribing a few pain killers or some antibiotics. It’s serious stuff, and extremely important for the prescribing doctor to have an accurate understanding on the relevant biomarkers. The only way to have that is through a properly conducted professional venous blood sample followed by detailed blood analysis.
Our second lesson is;
2. Don’t settle for second best. Proper analysis is the bedrock of successful treatment.
We have tailored a number of plans to ensure you can get what you want … without having to overpay on services you don’t need.
Step 1: Discovery
You would have an initial discovery call with one of the Alphagenix team to cover how we work, answer any questions and discuss symptoms of low testosterone. You can then determine whether Alphagenix is the right choice to provide the necessary hormone testing.
The call usually lasts 10-15 minutes. Don’t worry, it is not some pushy sales call.
Step 2: Hormone Screens
4 in 5 prospective customers are not suitable for TRT.
Only 20% of those taking a hormone test go on to be prescribed TRT by our doctors.
Our mission is to successfully treat patients who have a medical requirement for TRT treatment. Not to dole it out willy nilly to those who do not need it.
Alphagenix and the doctors we partner with take our responsibilities and professional integrity seriously. If you are not medically suitable for TRT then it will not be prescribed to you.
We offer the following hormone screen packages. All tests are followed up with an online review consultation with a doctor, this can be over the phone or through Zoom video call if you’d prefer;