I have spent a fair amount of time bashing the NHS for their poor treatment of men suffering with low testosterone. Today I want to stress why you shouldn’t discount them completely, especially if you are a newcomer looking to start TRT.
Dealing with the NHS or a public health system when it comes to testosterone replacement therapy can be a nightmare.
You usually have to contend with inexperienced doctors and a bureaucratic nightmare of a system.
You will likely struggle every step of the way, and in the majority of cases, be unsuccessful in getting treatment. This is especially true if you don’t have morbidly low levels of testosterone.
I have spoken about this on my Youtube Channel quite a bit in the past.
While there are other alternatives, I want to change direction today and offer you a more optimistic angle. I want to explain why you should always try your public health service first when it comes to testosterone replacement therapy.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Low testosterone can be a debilitating condition. The effects can cause a drastic decline in a man’s sense of well-being.
It is for this reason that you want to get treated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
As a newbie googling “TRT” or “testosterone replacement therapy” and “the NHS”, you may stumble across posts (including mine) warning of the pitfalls of seeking treatment via the NHS.
You may read all the negative feedback by others and be discouraged from seeking treatment via the national health service.
You might be tempted to avoid the NHS altogether and start exploring other alternatives, including private care.
Always try to get treated via your public health service first.
I’ve spoken plenty about the cons of public healthcare, but let’s take a look at some of the benefits.
One of the main reasons to always try your public health care first is because it’s usually FREE or extremely CHEAP.
This makes it especially appealing to those with a limited budget.
Even if you have cash to spare, why not put your hard-earned taxes to work and first see if you can’t get treated for free?
Yes, the process may be slightly more cumbersome and frustrating. However, if you’re one of the lucky ones that is fortunate enough to get treatment, it may be worth it.
You’ve got nothing to lose except time. So give it a shot initially and see what happens.
The worst outcome is that they stall or decline treatment, in which case you know you should seek alternate solutions.
The best outcome is that you get free treatment and save a lot of money, especially if you’re on TRT for life.
In some cases, getting your testosterone replacement therapy from your local GP may be more convenient.
If you live near your doctor/pharmacy, or go past there for other reasons on a regular basis, then picking up your TRT medication (or getting your injection) isn’t anything extra you need to do.
Many pharmacies will also deliver your prescriptions these days, so if you are lucky enough to have that facility, you can receive your TRT in the comfort of your home.
NOTE: This is a best case scenario for someone that is fortunate enough to get TRT via the NHS without any hassles. Usually though, you will experience long visits to the endocrinologist. In which case when it comes to convenience, private healthcare may beat the NHS as they also do home deliveries usually.
Good Place To Start
If you are new to TRT, then your public care provider or local GP may still be a good place to start.
As a newbie, you are going to need guidance and basic instruction when you first start treatment.
They can assist you with basic information, preparing injections and performing the injections if necessary. Or they may even do the injections for you.
This is a good way just to start and ease into the treatment. If at a later stage you find that you are not happy with treatment or you want to work with someone more experienced, you can always seek an alternative. At least while you do that, you will still be getting treatment and not suffering from low testosterone.
I’m going to be brutally honest. I see a lot more cases of guys that are declined treatment by the NHS than are successful.
However, people usually only complain when something doesn’t go their way. So it’s possible that there are other men out there being successfully treated that just aren’t sharing their stories.
Good news though – from time to time, I do get feedback from the community when they are successful at getting treatment via the national health system.
One of our community leaders, Oliver Wilson-Hall, was on of the fortunate ones. With the help of a private doctor, he was able to get treatment for free via the NHS.
More recently though, James, who I chatted to on Instagram, was also successful and managed to secure Nebido via the NHS. Here you can see a snapshot of his messages.
“Garf” from Garfoid Fitness is another success story. Like many of us, he had to overcome numerous obstacles with the NHS, but ultimately his outcome was a positive one. You can read about his story here.
When I was still living in the UK, I actually ran into a viewer living in the same town as me. We had been chatting on Instagram and he too managed to get treatment via the NHS. He was able to get the standard Nebido prescription. While this hasn’t been the ideal solution for him, it was free and got him started on pursuing a more optimal solution.
Success seems to be rare, but not impossible. Don’t be discouraged from trying.
When it come to seeking TRT via the NHS and public healthcare systems, it isn’t always gloom or doom.
Rather, think of it as a lottery. Your local GP may just be the winning ticket.
Always try your luck first, because if you are successful, the benefits can be huge.
Remember, you always have other options if you don’t hit the “jackpot”.
If you are one of the lucky ones and managed to get treated via the NHS or your public healthcare system, please let us know in the comments below or on our social media pages.
Best of luck!