Navigating Testosterone Replacement Therapy: What You Need to Know

By Martin Kinsella on June 10th, 2024

One in four men, in the UK, suffer from low testosterone levels. Whilst women have understood the benefits of HRT for years, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a relatively new term in men’s health. Navigating the choppy waters of Testosterone Replacement Therapy can seem daunting at first. It’s easy to confuse it with the use of illegal steroids, which can put many men off from the start. TRT Therapy is worlds apart from steroid use which is used and abused for quick and easy bodybuilding results.

TRT Therapy, prescribed by a Doctor, is the ONLY legal way to be treated for reduced testosterone levels. Looking elsewhere for a cheaper or easier way to get hold of it is not only illegal, but potentially highly dangerous.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy is exactly that, a replacement. It shouldn’t be used to boost an already acceptable level of testosterone. It is to be prescribed purely to bring levels back within the normal range. 

There’s a lot to think about. So before you embark on your TRT Therapy journey, here are a few questions you might want to ask:

What are some of the symptoms of low testosterone?

Some symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Low libido
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Reduced lean muscle
  • Decreased energy
  • Joint pain
  • Osteoporosis and lowered red blood cell production
  • Body fat
  • Lack of muscle gains

Every case is individual, so you may experience some or all of these symptoms.

What are the benefits of TRT?

When your testosterone levels have been adjusted to reach levels within the normal range you should notice many improvements in your overall health and well being. Some of the benefits you experience could include:

  • Lean body mass
  • Better sleep quality
  • Improved sexual function
  • Better bone mineral density
  • Cognitive improvements
  • Better memory
  • Improved muscle strength and muscle mass

How do I check my levels?

The only way to get an accurate representation of your testosterone levels is to undergo a blood test. This will show your testosterone levels and you will be prescribed the required amount in your testosterone replacement therapy programme, in order to bring levels back within the normal range.

The blood test is best conducted between the hours of 7am and 10am. This is the time when testosterone levels are usually at their highest.

You can choose to go to your GP or a private clinic for the blood tests. Alternatively you can now buy home test kits from pharmacies and other online stores.

Who is a suitable candidate for TRT Therapy?

If you are a man with symptoms of low testosterone (as confirmed by blood tests), you could benefit from testosterone replacement therapy. Most men who choose this treatment tend to be over the age of 40, but some are younger.

In order to be prescribed a course of TRT by the NHS or a private clinic, your levels must be less than 15 nmol / L.

How is TRT administered?

There are options when it comes to taking TRT. They include; injection, pellets, patches and gels. The levels required and the frequency with which you need to take testosterone will depend upon your blood results. 

By far the best way to take TRT is by injection. This is just as effective if it is placed under the skin, as it would be if it were injected into the muscle. You can discuss options and preferences with your doctor.

Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Expensive?

For just £75.00, we will arrange a one-to-one consultation for you, with one of our specialists. This allows us to discuss your requirements and arrange further assessments which will enable us to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. 

The treatment we prescribe is designed to eliminate unwanted side effects from changes in testosterone levels, that are associated with getting older.

How do I get started?

Quite simply, give us a call at re-enhance and arrange a consultation. 

If we think you are a good candidate for TRT, we will arrange initial blood tests. If these tests show that you are deficient in testosterone, and would benefit from treatment, we will get you started on a personalised plan.  

We have access to the latest equipment and a wider range of medication than you will find elsewhere. Your prescribed treatment will be bespoke, based on your blood results. You will also have follow-up consultations and regular access to help and advice. We will offer you the best care and the most appropriate treatment for your particular needs.

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Martin Kinsella

Leading dually qualified doctor and dentist Dr Kinsella is the founder and resident doctor of the Re-enhance clinic in Cheshire. Due to his renowned reputation he is also one of the elite doctors in London where you can find him at the Rita Rakus Clinic treating his celebrity patients. Dr Kinsella in the past has run international training courses teaching doctors and nurses in Turkey, Italy and Cyprus but now focuses his time on his own patients and practices, which he has successfully run for 14 years.

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