Alphagenix are a leading UK TRT provider, offering nationwide coverage on testosterone replacement therapy. We've put together this UK specific TRT guide which should hopefully enable you to understand what your options are.
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Testosterone deficiency isn't a UK issue, but there are good reasons why a British man might have lower testosterone levels than his counterpart from another country.
The weather, economy, work/life balance, and culture of This Sceptred Isle all contribute. Let's look at some of the contributing factors;
Vitamin D, which is produced by the skin in response to sunlight, has been shown in multiple studies to have an influence on testosterone levels .
Vitamin D levels in the UK are so low that the NHS website recommends;
"Government advice is that everyone should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter."
Even in the balmier months if you use sun screen (as we are all told to do) it may affect the way your skin synthesises the vitamin D.
When an individual experiences stress, your body activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, leading to the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. High levels of cortisol can inhibit the production of testosterone.
This is because cortisol and testosterone are made from a common precursor, pregnenolone. When the body is producing high levels of cortisol, it diverts pregnenolone away from the production of testosterone (a phenomenon called the "pregnenolone steal").
Chronic stress can also suppress the release of gonadotropins, which are hormones that stimulate the testes in men.
So why are stress levels higher in the UK? Well, we have been in an economic slump for 15 years. The financial crisis of 2008 was followed by a period of very low growth, then the political turmoil around Brexit followed by the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Now we have rampant inflation and soaring interest rates. We've had a tough ride - whatever you do don't compare notes with an old mate that's lived in Australia for the last 15 years.
Unsurprisingly this has caused considerable and prolonged stress. 79% of working age people report feeling the effects of work related stress (source). A study by The Mental Health Foundation showed that 74% of UK 'overwhelmed or unable to cope' - and this was in 2018 when things were going relatively well (source).
Closely related to the previous point, in the UK we work. A lot. In fact according to a study done by the TUC workers in the UK do the longest hours in Europe.
Recent studies from 2022 have shown that as many as 7.5 million people in the UK have under 5 hours sleep a night. Inadequate or disrupted sleep can have detrimental effects on testosterone production and regulation.
The combined effects of long working hours and lack of sleep are another factor which impact UK men and their hormone levels.
If you are reading this page then the chances are that either you or your husband/partner (around 30% of our visitors are female) are suspected of suffering from testosterone deficiency.
Men with a deficiency will typically have some tell-tale common signs of low testosterone;
Enough of the Doom & Gloom - there is a solution. Alphagenix are a leading provider of testosterone treatment for men, if you are showing signs of low testosterone we can help you enjoy the benefits of TRT.
To diagnose low testosterone, doctors will typically perform a comprehensive evaluation that includes a detailed medical history and physical examination.
A testosterone blood test can be conducted to measure your total testosterone level, as well as other hormones such as LH and FSH, in order to diagnose low testosterone.
Understanding the basics of TRT is essential to making an informed decision about your health. A blood test is crucial in diagnosing low testosterone levels as it measures the amount of testosterone circulating in your bloodstream.
It's important to note that testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day; hence multiple tests might be required over time before making any conclusions.
Testosterone levels naturally fluctuate throughout the day (in a cycle known as circadian rhythm), so multiple tests may be required for an accurate diagnosis.
Low testosterone can lead to more severe health problems like osteoporosis , high cholesterol, raised blood pressure and mental health issues. It is important to get your testosterone levels checked, and for a those results to be reviewed by a doctor.
Once a deficiency is confirmed, one of our UK trained doctors will discuss whether TRT treatment options are appropriate.
There are various types of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) available in the UK. Each method has its unique advantages, depending on factors such as your lifestyle, age, and medical history. Let's explore some popular TRT options:
Injections are a common form of TRT where testosterone is directly injected into the muscle tissue. They offer quick absorption rates and can be administered every two to three weeks or even up to three months apart with long-acting formulations.
Gels or creams applied directly to the skin allow testosterone to be absorbed through the skin surface over time. This method provides a steady release of hormones throughout the day but requires daily application.
Patches worn on specific body parts like upper arms, thighs or abdomen deliver testosterone through transdermal absorption. These patches need replacing every 24 hours and provide consistent hormone levels without requiring injections.
Taking oral medications taken daily offers convenience for those who do not like needles or applying gels; however, this method may have lower bioavailability compared to other delivery systems due to first-pass metabolism in the liver.
Sub dermal pellets inserted under local anaesthetic every few months release testosterone slowly over time. This method requires minor surgery and can be an effective long-term solution for those who prefer not to administer treatment daily or weekly.
Nasal sprays administered through a device similar to an asthma inhaler deliver testosterone directly into the bloodstream via nasal mucosa. This method is relatively new, with limited availability in the UK but offers convenience and rapid absorption of hormones.
In order to choose the best TRT option for your needs, it's essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional experienced in TRT protocols. They will consider factors such as your age, lifestyle, medical history and personal preferences when recommending suitable treatments tailored specifically for you.
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So ... how to get TRT in the UK? When it comes to accessing treatment for low testosterone, men in the UK have two options: the NHS and private healthcare providers. For the majority of the UK population the first port of call is the NHS ... which would be the cheapest of course, but may not be available to you and is not going to be the easiest or fastest route.
The NHS provides limited access to Testosterone Replacement Therapy for patients diagnosed with hypogonadism - a condition where insufficient amounts of hormones produced by the testes lead to loss of muscle mass, sexual problems, and reduced quality of life. However, getting TRT through the NHS can be challenging due to strict eligibility criteria and long waiting times. Some key points about receiving TRT through the NHS include:
In contrast, many people find private healthcare providers offer a quicker and easier route when seeking TRT in the UK. These clinics often have more flexible eligibility criteria than their public counterparts but of course come with costs associated with treatments provided outside government-funded systems. Key aspects of choosing private healthcare providers include:
Deciding between NHS and private healthcare providers for Testosterone Replacement Therapy in the UK ultimately depends on your personal circumstances, financial situation, and preferred level of convenience.
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In this section, we will touch on some common questions regarding TRT in the UK. For a more detailed look into these topics, please refer to the individual articles discussing them.
The cost of TRT can vary depending on several factors such as the type of treatment, dosage, and frequency. Private TRT clinics typically charge between £145 to £450 per month for a comprehensive testosterone replacement plan which includes medication, blood tests and consultations with medical professionals.
Be warned - we have seen many clinics using pricing models we find uncomfortable. Ensure they are being transparent about all the costs they will charge at the outset.
The old maxim "If it seems too good to be true then it normally is", holds true in the UK TRT market. Unscrupulous operators may drawn you in with a low quote only to add on extras afterwards. Caveat emptor! You can find out more in this detailed article on UK TRT Cost
When administered under proper medical supervision by licensed healthcare providers like those at Alphagenix, TRT is considered safe. However, it's essential to follow your prescribed TRT protocol closely and attend regular check-ups to monitor your hormone levels and overall health status. You can find more safety information from reputable sources such as the British Society for Sexual Medicine (BSSM).
If your blood tests indicate low testosterone levels, one of our doctors will advise you on the best course of action. Tailored to your results, and your specific preferences or goals.
Our doctors are supplied through BMP Medical Ltd, they are UK trained and registered with the General Medical Council. They continue to work in the NHS, and are experts in the field of male hormone replacement therapy.
An important consideration which many forget, they can also help determine whether an underlying condition is causing your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options.
We don't just love you and leave you at Alphagenix. Once you start on a program we will be in regular contact to monitor you progression and improvement. We will also monitor your bloods to ensure your prescribed dosages continue to be at the appropriate levels.
The positive effects TRT has can often be transformational: improved relationships, energy and joie de vivre. Alphagenix was set up to help men like you, and hearing these success storiess the most satisfying part of the process for us.
TRT is a legal treatment in the UK for men suffering from low testosterone levels. However, it must be prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional .
You can do this either through the NHS or via a private clinic. Private providers offer tailored dosages, flexible treatment options, and access to advanced diagnostic tools for personalized care.
Testosterone is classified as a Class C drug under the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 so whilst it is not an offence to possess this class of drugs for personal use, it's illegal to supply them without the appropriate license
According to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK, it's also illegal to purchase prescription-only medicines without a valid prescription. This includes buying them online from unregulated sources. So make sure you go through the proper channels!
Yes, TRT can be prescribed in the UK by both NHS doctors and registered private clinics specializing in hormone replacement therapy.
The prescription depends on an individual’s specific needs, medical history, and blood test results indicating low testosterone levels.
To accurately diagnose low testosterone levels, it is important to consult a qualified healthcare provider who can recommend the appropriate treatments such as Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). The diagnosis process typically involves blood tests or other diagnostic tools to accurately determine your hormone concentrations.
A serum testosterone test, which requires a sample of blood typically drawn from an arm vein and is most accurate in the morning when hormone levels are highest, is often employed to measure testosterone concentration. This test requires a small sample of blood, usually drawn from a vein in your arm. It is best performed in the morning when testosterone levels are at their highest. A testosterone level of less than 300 ng/dL is considered to be low, although this range may vary depending on age and individual factors. A healthcare provider may also evaluate hormones associated with testosterone levels, such as LH and FSH, which are critical for regulating its production.
After conducting these examinations, your healthcare provider will determine whether TRT or other treatments are suitable for you. Remember that proper consultation with qualified professionals remains paramount during decision-making processes surrounding available options within this field of medicine.
After assessing the various blood test procedures for detecting low hormone concentrations, it is important to consider additional examinations necessary for accurate diagnosis. Different methods of administering TRT can be compared in order to determine which option best suits an individual's needs and lifestyle.
TRT is typically recommended for men aged 30 and above who are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone.
However, the appropriate age for starting TRT may vary depending on individual factors such as medical history, lifestyle, and severity of symptoms. It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before beginning any treatment.
Testosterone treatments can be worth it if you're experiencing symptoms of low testosterone that significantly impact your quality of life. Many patients report improvements in energy levels, mood, libido, and muscle mass after undergoing TRT.
However, it's crucial to weigh the potential benefits against costs by discussing with a qualified healthcare provider such as Alphagenix.
Alternatives to TRT include lifestyle changes (such as exercise, diet improvement); natural supplements; stress management techniques (e.g., meditation); and addressing underlying health issues that could contribute to low testosterone levels (like sleep apnea).
Always consult your doctor before trying alternatives.
The number of men receiving testosterone replacement therapy has been increasing over recent years due in part to greater awareness about its benefits. In the United States, an estimated 1-2 million men have received some form of hormone replacement therapy;
The exact number of men on TRT worldwide is unknown.
Yes, we have over 20 clinics in the London area, you'll never be too far away from one. We have a dedicated TRT London page with specific localised information about treatment options.
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