What Our Patients Are Saying…
What Our Patients Are Saying…
My story started forty years ago when I first registered as a pharmacist. In those days, we still compounded medicines, mixtures, syrups, creams, and ointments!
I was working for a well-known, high street company and put on relief cover for holidays and days-off. I lived in Lancashire and the area I worked went as far south at Radcliffe (Greater Manchester), north to Carlisle and west, into the Lake District.
I was promoted to my first management position just three years later and again, two years after that. With my second promotion I wanted to fly the nest and applied for positions in and around London. I moved to east London when I was just 28.
Despite having a good job and a new flat, I started to feel depressed. I was less interested in work, even though I was (at the time) well thought of by my superiors.
I got married when we were both 32 and we hoped to have children as soon as possible. About a year after getting married, I started with the first of what would become regular testicular infections. My wife still had not become pregnant and we were referred for fertility treatment at St Thomas’s Hospital, London.
I’m pleased to say that it worked first time and we welcomed a beautiful daughter in 1997. As my wife and I were both about 37, we decided not to try again. The treatment is an emotional roller-coaster and the chances of success get smaller with each passing year. However, I was still depressed.
I continued to have infections periodically in the ensuing years, resulting in long courses of antibiotics. Funnily enough, I don’t remember anyone ever testing my hormone levels.
I left the high-street chemist after several more management positions, to work for a small, independent company. They had a shop in a beautiful Essex village, 20 minutes from where we lived.
A few years later I had abdominal surgery. I was off work for five weeks and the pain was relentless. It was later diagnosed as neuropathic pain and I started to take opioids and gabapentin. The doses were high and frequency difficult to maintain. I would go home nearly in tears some nights as the pain was unremitting.
In the end, I left full time work and tried doing part-time locums. I was still on my feet all day, and the reaching, bending, and lifting aggravated the pain. I changed doctors and was put on buprenorphine patches and pregabalin (only taken twice daily) and retired at the age of 56 – I also came off the Register as a Pharmacist.
The high dose of opioids (by this time it was equivalent to a daily dose of morphine of 120mg+), mostly masked the testicular pain. I had a particularly severe episode where the pain made me vomit. I had an ultra-sound scan and an emergency operation that same day as they couldn’t find a blood supply. It transpired there was a supply, but the infection concealed it. The left testis had atrophied, and I remember asking the consultant if years of infections could have affected my hormone levels, which he chose to ignore.
Starting in my early 40s, I had put on weight and developed man boobs! About two years after the last bought of infection, I thought I felt a lump and was sent to the breast clinic for a mammogram and ultra-sound scan. Fortunately, it wasn’t anything sinister, just gynaecomastia but the surgeon suggested I had my hormone levels checked and if they were deranged, to be referred to an endocrinologist. Low and behold, my testosterone levels were through the floor.
By the time I had my first appointment to the final diagnoses of primary hypogonadism, we were in the middle of the first lock-down. As most people have experienced with the NHS, the treatment is not very effective. Having been off work now for three years, we had had to sell the house (couldn’t afford the mortgage) and we eventually moved to the beautiful Essex village I used to work in!
I was able to do a lot of research around low T and came across the micro-dosing regimen. My studies eventually brought me to TMHC, and I had my first appointment with Dr Stevens in November 2020.
I started my treatment that same day but didn’t feel any different for ages. Then one day, about four months later, it was like someone had switched on the lights. The depression lifted and I felt great (I was still on pregabalin, buprenorphine and duloxetine for the pain).
I had been studying web design, but my daughter said that with all the years of experience as a pharmacist, why didn’t I investigate re-registering? There were more opportunities, with online positions as well as working in primary care, which was not a thing when I retired.
I got a part-time job in a GP practice which also had a Dispensary. I was given an admin role and issued repeat prescriptions. As time went on, I was asked to issue blood test forms for certain conditions, as patients approached their review date. I helped on Reception, triaging calls and worked alongside the Clinical Pharmacist already employed here.
To register as a Pharmacist is an arduous process – put simply I had to demonstrate my competence to practice. During 2022 I gathered my examples, started to write everything up in October, and in January this year, submitted 27 pieces of evidence to the General Pharmaceutical Council.
I re-joined the Register in March and was offered a position as a Clinical Pharmacist at the same surgery in June. I’m now on an 18-month training pathway and in October 2024, I’ll start my post-graduate training to be an Independent Prescriber.
When most people my age are thinking of retiring, I’m all fired up. The clinical side fascinates me and though the course is intense, it’s very rewarding. You never know, with some training from Dr Stevens, I might be able to run a satellite clinic in the East of England in a couple of years!
Dear Dr. Rob, Lydia & Team TMHC,
I hope this letter finds you all well. I am writing to inform you that I have decided to transition all medical care to my private doctor who will be overseeing my TRT moving forward. The decision is based on the stability of my protocol, and financial & logistical reasoning.
With this transition, I would like to formally request a copy of my patient files and any other relevant medical records that I am entitled to under the Data Protection Act. Having access to these records will be instrumental in ensuring a seamless transition and will allow my existing doctor to have a comprehensive understanding of my medical history and the treatments I have received under your care.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude for the exceptional care and support you have provided me over the past four years, particularly with my TRT therapy. Your expertise, dedication, and ethics around treatment have had a profound impact on my health and confidence in the quality of care in an area many others exploit.
I am truly grateful for everything you have done for me. Last year in my annual with Rob he said something to me in a pretty off-the-cuff manner that kickstarted me back into training. In the space of a year not only have I transformed my own physical appearance but my own family members on seeing what I’d achieved joined the BTT gang (Build The Temple).
Please let me know if there are any forms or procedures I need to follow to facilitate this request. I understand that there might be administrative processes involved, and I am more than willing to comply with any requirements.
Once again, thank you for your unwavering dedication and the excellent care you have provided. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
P.S. Please feel free to use this as a testimonial. I’d rather my name be left out but if anyone wanted to check then I’d be happy for them to contact me privately via you.
I came to Dr Stevens about two years ago with low testosterone, low mood and pretty much all of the hallmark symptoms. This was after having a varicocele embolisation about three months previously, which had rectified a varicocele that I had for about 30 years.
My wife and I had been trying for a baby throughout our marriage and been unsuccessful. At that time we had been married 16 years. I started my treatment after the initial face to face consultation. Almost immediately I felt better, better in myself, more positive, more energy. I was also a lot less moody and took the majority of things in my stride. My bodyfat reduced significantly with no other lifestyle changes and with some adjustments to my diet I went from a BMI of 32 down to 24 (this took about 18 months). As things were going so well we decided to try for IVF. We were told by the NHS that there was no chance at all of us having children and we were not eligible for IVF. My sperm morphology was all wrong and my wife had a low egg count, it didn’t make financial sense to go forward with the treatment for the NHS. I was 45 and my wife 37, we decided to give up and just get on with life.
We are not quite yet at two years from me starting TRT with the Men’s Health Clinic, I genuinely feel better than I have for many years, probably since I was in my twenties. We are expecting our first baby in January and have a gender scan in two days time. I cannot recommend the clinic enough, Dr Stevens has a wealth of knowledge and understanding that you don’t find elsewhere, the team are always helpful and nothing is too much trouble.
Thanks to all the team from me, my wife and our bump.
So, after what seemed like a lifetime walking in the dark and trying to find something or someone to help, I found The Men’s Health Clinic.
Obviously the bloods were taken and results came back. I was instructed on my protocol and have followed diligently since then. I’ve had my reviews at my periodic points and little alterations have been made.
I’m not here to say “That’s it, I’m done. I’m cured”. More that at each stage, I have arrived at Doctor Rob and the team have had points that get me to the next stage in my development.
I’m at the end of my second week on my CPAP machine and again, I feel almost emotional when I say that my trust in the advice from the Doctor has been rewarded again. I’m still getting used to wearing the mask, but my closures have been monitored by the NHS and I’ve gone from eight closures an hour while asleep, to one. Needless to say, I feel much more rested and more equipped to face the day.
Thanks Doctor Rob, HRH, and the rest of the team.
Can a 66 feel like a 46 year old? You may think this is an absurd proposition but I do…
I had a very stressful career and by 50 was suffering from hypertension, was a little overweight and drinking to wind down at the end of every stressed day. I slept badly and felt in physical decline – gaining fat, losing muscle. Libido departing too.
After a long marriage my wife started getting sick with what was later diagnosed as a terminal brain disease. It took my attention from work – naturally as I became a carer – and was a depressing and sad time. My GP was sympathetic but unwilling to give me testosterone supplements, telling me “you’re in the low but normal range…”. Then I had a bad accident and tore my right shoulder apart. The loss of strength had made the joint weak and vulnerable. Major surgery followed and recovery was slow. I felt old.
As my wife declined into being quadriplegic, life was really poor and I sought help. Initially Testogel sachets restored my T levels and a cascade of benefits followed. Morning erections and desire. A sharper mind. And I had the energy to train to re-build the damaged tendons and muscles – all of which seem to have been accelerated by having higher free T. The impact on my energy was profound. However there were downsides – mood swings as the levels were not stable, and my testes shrank alarmingly as they didn’t need to work. In this period my wife passed away and I started to believe I could start my life again… having lost a decade.
After a lot of research online I found Dr Stevens. His approach – taking care of the wider mechanism of physiology and general health and wellbeing – has transformed the sad 50 year old into a rampantly positive 66 year old. I have a sexy and loving 56 year old partner and our sex life could not be better (however that’s my perspective!!!) and being in an intimate relationship has also profoundly altered my confidence as a man. I feel complete.
My body mass measurements (via the clinic) show I have lost fat and gained muscle (a six pack on sixty six year old is a reality) and as I am not crazy on gyms, I lift weights and do press ups at home every day. I eat well and even sometimes sleep well.
If you’re 60 plus and think it’s too late to get your mojo back, think again…
Before visiting THMC, for the past 6 or 7 years, I had been assured on many occasions by medical professionals including my GP, a urologist, an endocrinologist and a sexual therapist, that there was nothing physically wrong with me. Although I wasn’t experiencing a lot of the common effects of low testosterone, such as fatigue and negative mental health, I had all but given up on the prospect of having a physical relationship again. Not having the ability to perform sexually, forced me to compromise my lifestyle. At 43 years old, this wasn’t ideal…
It wasn’t until I investigated the possibility of TRT that it became apparent that my problem may have stemmed from something that none of the above mentioned ‘Specialists’ even thought necessary to explore.
After an initial telephone consultation with Dr Stevens, it was agreed that bloods would be taken to establish if TRT would be an appropriate way forward.
The results established that my free testosterone was sitting around the average levels for a man in his 70s or 80s!
After a further face-to-face consultation with Dr Stevens, it was agreed that I would begin treatment.
The results were more than a little noticeable, and almost immediately!
The morning after my first injections, I woke up to ‘Morning wood’ not experienced for probably 3 years.
It was as if I was a teenager again!
I was genuinely surprised at how quickly the results came and how much of a difference they made.
It is still early on in the process, but I feel like a new man and TMHC has given me back part of my life that I was sure had been taken away from me.
Everyone I have dealt with in the process has been professional and genuinely nice. I can’t thank you enough.
I just wanted to drop you a note doc to say I’ve been feeling fantastic the last 10-12 weeks. I truly feel optimised and understand what optimised means now.
My sleep is great, my recovery is great after intense exercise, my libido is back but the part I love the most, is I’m no longer needing mid day power naps. I used to start the day well but fade by middle of the afternoon, lacking concentration and after a short snooze, I would be good for the late afternoon/early evening. Now I just power through it with ease. I’m getting way more stuff done at work but also with my family on weekends.
Thanks for helping me unwind the years and giving me a full tank of fuel to enjoy every day. My wife is enjoying having ‘the old you’ back. She says I’m no longer as tired or grumpy.
Forget the numbers on the paper and let the doc and his team treat your symptoms. It might take a few blood tests and protocol tweaks, but they will get it right. You only get one life, so enjoy living it to the fullest.
I have been a patient of Dr Stevens for a number of years and I have found him to be consistently caring and attentive. He offers insightful experience and knowledge at each appointment. Being under his care has been most reassuring.
I had been struggling with a decline in my energy levels, anxiety, libido and fat gain for many years. During this period, I had looked at every part of my life to try and improve my health, from the gym to personal development. I got more and more into fitness, thinking I wasn’t doing enough, I did slim down but it was a massive struggle to maintain a normal life, work, marriage, kids and going to the gym. There was little reward. I really struggled with why this was the case, I was eating healthy, had given up drinking, I meditated, practised yoga, but the symptoms still remained and got worse over time. I would suffer from tension-type headaches due to anxiety and stress. All of it was a cycle of ill-effects causing many symptoms.
I went through the NHS, tried antidepressants, beta blockers but none of it touched the symptoms. I had bloods done by my then doctor, who said my hormone levels were too low, so sent me to a Urologist. He dismissed me straight away and said it was all in my head. My levels were at the bottom of the scale, others were way over, and that was fine for him. Not for me though, so I went to the The Men’s Health Clinic and became a patient of Dr Stevens. It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I no longer suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone, I feel better than I have ever in my life. My energy levels are back to normal, I can go to the gym and recover in time, I can do DIY all weekend and not suffer during the week. My mental well-being has improved greatly, my confidence, my outlook on life and one of the best things, my anxiety has gone. Having suffered anxiety for 25 years this is a relief I can’t describe.
Since being back to healthy levels with the Men’s Health Clinic for 3 years I have also been able to conceive successfully with my partner, with the guidance from Dr Stevens. Having been tested as infertile Dr Stevens made the appropriate changes to bring back my fertility very quickly and within weeks. Without the supervision and protocol that Dr Stevens provides this would not have been possible, we’re over the moon and so grateful for the care provided.
Dr Stevens, Lydia and the team provide a fantastic, professional service. Having an experienced doctor and team that look after you with such detail and thoroughness is priceless, I could not be happier with the decision to be a patient of The Men’s Health Clinic.
Updated September 2021
Two years ago I was diagnosed with an Auto Immune disease that presents itself / closely resembles Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’ve taken multiple drugs to treat this disease. To put my condition into perspective I went from running 3 5ks a week, gym x5 days a week, rugby, kickboxing and football to not being able to dress myself or walk. The condition totally exploded and just tore through me and I’ve had to relearn everything from walking onwards over the last year and a bit.
I started looking into TRT as the last part of what I think was a missing puzzle piece to level out the playing field. Coupled with the autoimmune disease I also had all of the symptoms of low Testosterone – erectile dysfunction, brain fog, weight gain, depersonalisation, depression etc. There is some evidence and studies that link low Testosterone levels to inflammatory diseases, so when I had my disease relatively under control I added in the TRT through TMHC.
I started treatment with TMHC 6 months ago. Since starting TRT my RA symptoms have decreased substantially, I am now only on 2 treatments vs the several before the TRT and the condition is still improving. Alongside this all of the traditional low testosterone symptoms disappeared as well.
I’ve followed the advice of Dr Stevens to the letter both with protocol, lifestyle, nutrition and sleep and can truthfully say that the difference it has made in the last 6 months is like night and day. Not only has it been a part in reducing the doses and stopping some of the drugs I was taking for my arthritis, it has also made me feel like myself again. This sounds cliché but it’s lifted the grey curtain which was over my eyes and I can see in colour again. The brain fog has passed, my drive and determination is back, I can make decisions with clarity, progress in the gym has resumed and I feel like a younger man in the bedroom again.
If you’re at the start of diagnosis and treatment it feels like an awful never ending thing, but with the right treatment and care it does get better. Dr Stevens and his team provide this level of care. Trust them and trust the process.
After years of suffering through brain fog, very low libido and low mood, I started researching what the cause might be. It turned out these are all common symptoms of testosterone deficiency. This resulted in me taking several bloods throughout 2018, as well as reviewing tests from previous years, it turned out I’ve lived with the testosterone levels of an 80 year old man for years. This led me onto a long-winded path through both the public and the private health care systems in Norway, of which none could give me a reassuring answer as to the cause of my symptoms. However, instead of treating the low testosterone, pretty much all of them offered me antidepressants. Me being a 25 year old man, having the testosterone of an 80 year old, wasn’t even a consideration. The reasoning: I was within the reference range (despite half of the tests yielded levels even below the lower limit of the range).
Hence, I decided to look abroad for solutions. I found TMHC most promising, as they differentiated themselves from the “cookie cutter” online services. I therefore contacted them, and quickly got a Skype consultation with Dr. Robert Stevens, where we went through my lifestyle and medical history. As he explained, the vast majority of my lifestyle choices substantiated healthy male androgen levels, and he therefore invited me to come visit his clinic for a more comprehensive consultation and evaluation.
I visited the clinic in the Autumn 2018, and have been under the care of Dr. Stevens ever since. Him and his staff at TMHC has provided me with excellent care, which is customized for me as an individual. They also provide me with continuous support when needed, which they do in a quick and helpful manner. The extra hassle which comes with being treated outside the country, with Norway being very conservative in these matters, has absolutely been worthwhile. The treatment has turned my life around, and I now feel I can live and function as a normal, healthy male in his twenties.
I am forever grateful to Dr Robert Stevens and his team at ‘The Men’s Health Clinic’ for what they have done for me. I was on antidepressants for 3 years and as a result I developed numbness in my testicles very quickly, which caused my sex drive to almost disappear. I believe this caused me to have low testosterone as a result.
After stopping the anti depressants for 4 years I still wasn’t back to myself. I spent those 7 years living with extreme anxiety and was out of work for five of them. I was having suicidal thoughts on a regular basis. I contacted Dr Stevens after reading about low testosterone and anxiety. I also had other symptoms which were tiredness, low sex drive and my muscles weren’t recovering as they should after training. He wanted to make sure that I was sure about the treatment and asked me to take a mineral called Boron for 4 weeks first, followed by another blood test.
This showed me how much I could trust him as he wasn’t trying to get me to sign up to anything. I have now been on TRT for 9 months and it has changed my life in all of the above mentioned areas, my anxiety is 90 percent gone.
They have saved my life and I will never forget it. I couldn’t recommend them enough. Thank you to Dr Robert Stevens and the team at The Men’s Health Clinic.
First the thank you… 5 months in, I can honestly say finding yourself and TMHC and the knowledge you guys have has changed my life for the positive.
I no longer get irritated by silly things, very very rarely get low moods now which were frequent, my whole mindset is better and I am so much happier. The fat is now coming off easily, as I have the mind set to adhere, previously I would do well then eat my emotions and ruin all my work, that is no longer an issue. I am now a far happier and positive person, and feel a lot healthier in general. Thank you!
I would like to thank Dr Stevens. The new protocol change and addition of B12 and Tadalafil has changed me for the better. I also been off drugs and even alcohol since our last Skype call.
My hair is thicker, I’ve got a beard (no more baby face) and my abs are back. I am running 30km per week and do loads of body weight exercises. I’ve also been following a low carb diet, supplementing with Vitamin D3 + K2, Zinc and Omega 3’s, but I still see loads of room for improvement. I also seen a pattern in each dosage change; whenever I see thick facial hair growing, it usually means that I am feeling the therapy better and my mind feels more quiet. Whenever my facial hair stops growing and I get a baby face, I usually feel sluggish.
I still feel like am detoxing from the crap I put in my body a few months ago, but the B12 has helped with energy and for sure my nervous system feels more stable. I will do my blood tests after Christmas and see where I stand then. I still experience some joint pains and slow recovery but I have started believing again that time and discipline will help me to achieve my goals.
My continued journey with TMHC has been one, where I continue to get to know a new version of myself. I’m fundamentally still me but I’m definitely improved and continue to do so. I’ve come off of anti depressants. This was a real milestone for me, after being on them for a number of years.
I face challenges with a far more positive outlook than I previously did, prior to starting this journey. I still have days when I’m tired and I still get fed up but it’s a passing cloud, as opposed to storm that lasts for days, which my former self would experience.
Dr Stevens, Lydia and the staff at the clinic offer a gold standard in care, support; and understanding. I cannot recommend them enough. I genuinely feel very lucky to have found them. If anyone reading this is experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, you’re in the right place to recieve the very best care on offer.
December 2020 (Part 2)
With the help of The Men’s Health Clinic, I found out I had been living my life with an undiagnosed Primary Hypogonadism. This means my body has never been able to produce the optimum amount of Testosterone.
Pre-TRT, life was a myth, I had little to none in motivation. I was drifting through life in a constant roller coaster of ups and downs with a few rock bottoms at some points. I had been to various GPs who always put it down to depression and sent me away with anti-depressants.
I have been on TRT since July ’20, it has only been 4 months and my life has never been better. I’m seeing benefits from exercise that I have never seen before and I’m bouncing back from injuries a lot quicker. The most important aspect for me has been the mental benefits, my symptoms of depression and anxiety have dropped considerably and are now almost non-existent. I have a positive outlook on life and I’m driven to achieve the things I’ve always wanted to do.
From the first time I contacted The Men’s Health Clinic, the service has been impeccable. I have my full confidence in Dr Robert Stevens and his team. I honestly don’t know where I would be in life without TRT, I can’t thank you all enough.
I just wanted to say Dr Stevens has given me my life back.
There are many reasons why someone may experience symptoms of testosterone deficiency and, in my incidence, an inclusion of additional symptoms like depersonalisation, loss of identity as myself and my sense of well-being being an all time low.
Dr Stevens is forth coming and direct about your treatment. This shows his passion and genuine desire to help. Yet he is understanding, warm, extremely knowledgeable and will take the time to detail all aspects of your care and has an answer for all your inevitable questions.
While TRT is the starting place, Dr Stevens sees this as merely a tool. What I think Dr Stevens strength is, aside of his forward thinking nature to his ‘gold standard’ care, is his genuine holistic approach to your overall health. Nutrition, lifestyle medicine, mindset, and relevant adjunct therapies to support your journey to normality again.
TRT is not a magic cure, you have to be activity involved with your care. But if you follow Dr Stevens lead, I have no doubt in fully recommending The Men’s Health Clinic as the vessel to take you to where you wish to be.
Dr Stevens, has truly given me my life back. I am able to interact with my life the way I wanted to again. I can physically express myself as the version of myself that I once lost. This comes from my renewed vitality, physical well-being and recovery. I can’t thank the team enough, along with Hannah, who also goes above and beyond to assist Dr Stevens.
Contacting The Men’s Health Clinic has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for my own health.
Thank you all for your continued help and support.
My issues with testosterone started in 2018 during my third year of university. I felt increasingly tired, being able to sleep after having two cups of coffee, and I had erection issues. At the time I put this down to the stress of writing my third-year thesis however my symptoms remained during my summer. I decided to visit my NHS GP who ran a blood test which revealed that I had low testosterone and extremely low SHBG. This was confirmed by a second blood test and my GP referred me to an endocrinologist for further investigation. It was noted that I may have a rare genetic disease which causes my SHBG to be so low. After researching Testosterone Replacement Therapy I had read the horror stories of NHS so I narrowed my private options, as a back-up, down to The Leger Clinic and The Men’s Health Clinic.
The NHS endocrinologist I saw was the most experienced in the hospital with many years of experience. He decided run a third blood test to confirm that my testosterone and SHBG were low and that was it until our next appointment.
1 year, 4 NHS endocrinology appointments, and a master’s degree later, my symptoms had worsened to anxiety with panic attacks. My NHS endo didn’t believe that TRT was in my best interest even after a genetic test which confirmed that I do indeed have a genetic mutation which causes the extremely low SHBG. I had enough of being faffed around with the NHS so I decided to visit Dr Stevens. My greatest regret in life is not seeing Dr Stevens at TMHC sooner.
25th of July 2019 will always be a date I remember. It’s the date I visited Dr Stevens for my first appointment. It was a bumpy ride to the present day however I now feel the best I’ve ever felt after Dr Stevens had optimised my TRT protocol. My negative symptoms slowly vanished and I felt “normal” again.
To this present day my NHS endocrinologist still does not believe I require TRT. He went as far as claiming that “a reduction in panic attacks has nothing to do with TRT” and that he is “not aware of any link between testosterone and mental health”. After hearing these words from an experienced NHS endocrinologist I decided to put an end to my NHS journey.
Visiting Dr Stevens at TMHC was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made in my 23 years of life. Thank you, Dr Stevens and the rest of the team at THMC, for helping me become the person I am today.
I have had weight fluctuations since June 2018 but my physical and psychological symptoms really came to a head around 6-9 months ago.
I started having real trouble with lack of energy, being easily fatigued. A loss of mental clarity both at work and at home. I lost all libido and had issues with ED. I was also having trouble with my mood, being low some days, snapping aggressively on others and sometimes getting upset. I really suffered with terrible sleep.
As I work in medicine I had a stereotypical “I can fix myself attitude”. I took my own bloods via medichecks and found that I had low T. I spoke with my GP who noted that it was low but also that my prolactin was high and ordered an MRI which came back clear. I then had my total T checked again by the GP who noted it as 7.6nmol/L and documented “no action” in my notes and prescribed sildenafil and mirtazepine for the ED and sleep issues. At only 37yrs I felt just treating symptoms and not acting on the Low T result was not acceptable.
I started researching about TDS and found Dr.Stevens YT channel and then website. I watched many of his Vlogs and read all of the blog entries on the website. I was instantly drawn to his no-nonsense style and obvious expertise and understanding of the pharmacology behind TMHC gold standard approach. I liked how it is so much more logical and beneficial to patients than the standard monotherapy approach found in other arenas such as the NHS and is backed by solid evidence. I particularly liked Dr.Stevens video style of him just speaking to people and telling it how it is. No high production value, with fancy cameras or post production touch ups, just honest, expert advice and dissemination of knowledge. It made me choose TMHC over other “online providers” (don’t get me started on Optimale) as you could see his passion for the patient and ensuring quality, evidence based medicine and aftercare and it really made me as a viewer able to relate to him on a very human level.
At time of writing I am 3 days in to combination therapy of HCG and Testosterone Cypionate SC daily regime. I am confident that things will get better as when I attended my appointment with Dr.Steven’s the service from start to finish was impeccable. I was welcomed by Hannah and offered a coffee and talked through the current regulations at the clinic regarding Covid-19 which reassured me that they were up to date and following all current guidance.
The consultation with Dr.Steven’s was exceptional. He listened, was sympathetic to my concerns and explained everything in detail. I particularly like how he treated me as an individual and acknowledged my healthcare background and went into detail around the pharmacology/physiology of hypogonadism and it’s causes and how TRT can help with the issues I was describing.
He was reassuring and sensitive and demonstrated everything that I needed to do regarding self administration of the medications. After this Hannah talked me through my Inbody scan results in detail and answered my questions around the practical side of things such as billing/payments.
I left the clinic with a sense of hope that things could get better that I have not felt in a long time and a feeling that I have definitely made the right choice choosing Dr.Stevens and TMHC. Hopefully with time I will get back to feeling normal again. If you’re suffering like I was and struggling getting help via standard NHS routes, do not delay, go and see Dr.Steven’s and the team at TMHC – they can definitely help you.
For most of us, TRT is not a walk in the park. You will have to make several adjustments to your protocol before you actually start getting what you want. But, is it worth it? Absolutely.
For some time before starting TRT I was not feeling myself. I had lost my energy, my drive and my confidence and was feeling anxious and depressed. As many of us with the same symptoms, I was put into antidepressants… But It was not until I started TRT that I really began getting my life back.
I feel calm and confident, I feel energetic and I feel ready to handle any problem that life throws at me. The benefits have been substantial at work, at the gym, with the ladies… I just feel amazing!
Having been a patient of The Men’s Health Clinic for 13 months now, I am delighted with the care and advice they have provided throughout my TRT journey. The team are unwaveringly helpful, always rapid to respond to any queries I have had, and it is great to see them growing. For example I found the recent article, about the importance of maintaining healthy E2 levels particularly pertinent, and it helped me discuss the issue at the last appointment. Additionally, the Body Composition Analysis is a great way of seeing how your body is changing; Hannah provided me with a detailed explanation of each section of the results and gave tips on improving my overall health further.
Thank you to Dr Rob, Lydia, Hannah and all at TMHC and keep up the great work.
I don’t think i have ever written a review about anything in my life, because I think good service and good conduct should be the norm, in any human interaction or service. But when the service is beyond exceptional, life changing, and beyond measure, the least one could do is write a few words of gratitude.
I would wholeheartedly say I have received, and had nothing but, the best experience with The Men’s Health Clinic. The exceptional quality of care, the expertise and sincerity of Dr Stevens, coupled with the conduct and knowledge of the entire team, I can only truly say this practice is at the highest echelon of what health care should be.
Attentive, going beyond the call of duty and real sincerity in making a real tangible difference in peoples lives. What more can one ask for?
Life changing and life affirming. Thank you and forever grateful.
I’m heading into my 5th month on TRT and HCG protocol and can quite honestly say this has changed my life around.
A bit about me: I had just turned 30, never been overweight, always tried/ lived a drug free healthy life, never smoked or had a drink either. I was somewhat of a naturally “athletic” kid and been into fitness and exercise from the age of 12-13.
Anyway… ever since I turned 18 I have always been lethergic, no energy, lacking motivation, no drive etc and overall having a brain fog, feeling depressed and suffering from anxiety. I approached my GP on a number of occasions to have blood tests done as something wasn’t right but always got told the results are fine and everything is in range.
Still I have dabbled in and out of exercising my entire 20s, but I’d just throw in the towel from the lack of progression and giving into fatigue due to slow recover.
Lack of strength frustrated me as I was always too drained to play with my young children and feared they’d never have any joyful memories with me so searching for answers I decided to have independent blood tests done, everything else was fine apart from my Testosterone levels which came back at 8.01 nmol/L (231 ng/dL) and free Test of 0.144 ng/dL.
After a bit of research I found my self ticking all the symptoms of low T which was not surprising given my results.
I came across a few clinics but found myself drawn to Dr Robert Stevens knowledge on best practice and passion for his patients, especially Dr Stevens theory of using HCG which prevents infertility and keeps natural hormone production alive.
So after 4 months on TRT and HCG protocol with TMHC, I am feeling the best I have ever had in my adult life with no negative side effects and last month found out my Mrs is expecting again!!
Just loving life right now. My confidence is through the roof, brain fog is definitely a thing of the past, depression has vanished and anxiety is no more either.
Thank you Dr Stevens for changing my and my family’s life around and the rest of the TMHC team for providing amazing excellent service. Glad I came to TMHC than go somewhere else or wait on the NHS list being passed about.
My TRT journey resulted in my exploration as to why I was experiencing symptoms of anxiety, low mood, and what I perceived to be low grade depression. It felt as though I’d had the fight taken out of me. I was suffering with low motivation, and had a general disconnect with the wider world.
I discovered TMHC through my own research around possible TRT providers. As I quickly learnt that hormone replacement therapy for men is a minefield. TMHC are in the Goldilocks zone of male hormone health care, sandwiched between a woeful NHS and unscrupulous organisations, only interested in making money, as opposed to genuine treatment.
TMHC staff are friendly, polite, and extremely helpful. Dr Stevens has an amazing manner about him, and is genuinely concerned with his potential patients, both at the initial in-depth consultation and with the thorough aftercare that TMHC provide.
My journey is relatively new. However, many of my symptoms have been significantly addressed. I’m feeling much more alive and am enjoying getting reacquainted with the man I used to be.
December 2019 (Part 1)
Since I’ve been under TMHC’s care, they have made more of a difference in just a few months, compared to years under the NHS.
TMHC have helped me get my confidence back and i’m now in a happy, loving relationship, with a MUCH better quality of life, something I could not have imagined previously.
The Endocrinologist I was under was prescribing Nebido, which did not help me at all due to its peaks and troughs. Yet they continued to prescribe the same. I luckily managed to find TMHC online, and since day one Dr Stevens and his team have been so helpful. Prompt replies, excellent care, and outstanding service. TMHC’s team have seriously helped my life in so many ways.
Dr Stevens uses innovative techniques such as micro-dosing testosterone and combining that with HCG. A process the NHS need to adopt and move with the times. I wouldn’t look anywhere else for TRT/hormone care in males.
I’m just one of MANY that I can see have been helped. The positive change TMHC is going to bring in the future. will be life changing for SO many males (and their partners).
Thank you, Dr Stevens (and your team)!
I had been researching TRT in the UK for a few years before finally booking in to see Dr Stevens at the Mens Health Clinic in Poole. The reason I chose to go with TMHC and not another TRT practitioner is because the vast amount of information and guidance made available by Dr Stevens is second to none.
I have suffered for years with depression, anxiety, low mood, ED, and a host of other problems. My GP always tried to get me to take antidepressants, anti anxiety medication, etc. None of which ever worked. I even went to talking therapies to try and fix my issues as they were ruining my relationships and no one seemed to know how to help. Even when I got my GP to test my testosterone levels and they came back at the low end of the spectrum, the GP said the NHS is not up to date with their testosterone replacement therapy and only offer it to men with the testosterone levels of an 80 year old, which is basically what I had.
I was looking for a professional, reliable, qualified TRT doctor and after extensive research, I found Dr Stevens who offers the absolute best TRT clinic in the UK hands down. I have never found a doctor who takes so much time with each of his patients to explain everything properly and provide a level of care to the level Dr Stevens does.
Since starting my treatment, ALL my symptoms have been alleviated and I have never been happier. No more anxiety, no more depression, no more brain fog or dark thoughts. they are all gone and I have a bright and positive outlook on life, probably for the first time ever.
I trust Dr Stevens with my hormone health implicitly and have happily recommended The Mens Health Clinic to several friends and family members and not one person who I’ve recommended has been disappointed.
This clinic is leading the way for mens health and well-being. The amount of men that I’ve spoken to that are patients of Dr Stevens that have had their lives completely changed for the better by receiving TRT from the Mens Health Clinic is staggering.
If only all GP’s were as forward thinking and as understanding as Dr Stevens, the NHS would be in a much better place.
I had heard about Testosterone Replacement Therapy for several years on youtube and health forums but presumed I would have to travel to New York or Harley Street to get a decent level of service. These forums talked about “blood work” and finding a doctor who understands how to design the best protocol. The administration of hormones via a needle is a daunting and nerve-wracking prospect.
On meeting with Dr Stevens, I found him to be someone who I could talk to honestly about the effects of aging and the challenges of being a man in the modern era. In my twenties, I had felt invincible but as the bald patch had spread a little bit of life force had slipped every year after around the age of 27/28.
At age 34 I began a course of TRT therapy designed by Dr Stevens. He clearly possesses a deep understanding of the subject but does not seek to dominate or baffle patients with it. He dips in and shares his expertise accessibly for the benefit and understanding of the common man. The blood analysis meant that the protocol was tweaked a couple of times before we hit the optimum figures.
The effect on my well-being is immense. I feel lively and spritely. I have adopted cold showers on a Monday morning and feel a vigour that had slipped away. I am amazed when I share my experience with my less open-minded peers that they shake their heads and draw parallels with gym steroid users. As I see them look overweight and sluggish I feel sorry for their narrow mindedness.
This is clearly the way to a sustainable way of being the best version of oneself. It then spreads in to other areas of life such as diet, mental wellness and taking a pride in oneself.
I started my journey with testosterone therapy exactly one year ago, at 23 years old. I suffered from most of the symptoms; low energy, fatigue, my libido was sub-par. I was tired even with over 8 hours of sleep a night, but those symptoms were not the ones that got me to investigate further, it was the depression, anxiety and a confidence drop which lead me to a very dark place, I lost all hope until I started digging.
I educated myself on testosterone and testosterone therapy and everything around it. I listened to podcasts, read books, watched videos and researched online as much as I could. I went through 8 different doctors who refused to prescribe me, or even asses me due to my levels being within range, but no where near where they should be for my age. All my symptoms were ignored, I was told by multiple doctors that “it was all in my head,” I left doctors offices feeling insulted, with my last words to them being “go f*** yourself”.
Eventually this lead me to a private clinic, the doctor agreed my levels were low for my age and was ready to listen to me about my symptoms. I was eventually prescribed 1ml of Sustanon 250 every 10 days, although this was very expensive and the doctors in most of the private clinics are not updated on testosterone therapy as they are in the US, within the first week I instantly felt better. I eventually went with another provider for a more convenient price, I stayed on the same protocol and I felt about 60-70 percent of my normal self, I wanted more and I wanted to feel more balanced and I felt like I never was able to achieve that.
This lead me to further research and I discovered Dr. Stevens; I liked his approach and what he preached, so I booked a consultation. Initially he put me on a way lower dose and added HCG which was alarming at first because once you find a solution and you come from that dark place, the last thing on earth you want to hear is to have it taken away or tampered with. The first month I felt like s**t, but Dr.Stevens assured me it would take time and to just be patient. I dealt with it and with a few adjustments to my protocol I feel absolutely amazing. I went from 60 percent to 90 instantly and I am still improving. I am on the lowest dose of testosterone I have ever been on since starting and my levels are the highest and I feel the best.
It’s nice to have my old-self back again and actually feel my age. I’ve always lived a healthy lifestyle and ate well and trained hard but with sub-par levels you see no return on the investment. Now I am able to progress in the gym again, I am in the best shape of my life and in the best place I have ever been mentally and I owe that to Dr. Stevens. He understands what goes into TRT because he is passionate about it and you can’t fake it as it shows in the level of care he gives to his patients. All in all, I am the best I’ve been in years and on my way to being the best I’ve ever been, and that would have not been achieved without Dr. Stevens and the Men’s Health Clinic.
I have only been with TMHC for 6 months, but my TRT journey is now in its 6th year and I can honestly say for the first time I actually feel like the future is bright.
I could write for a long time about how the NHS failed me, even a private Endo felt that a reading of 4.9 nmol/L following up by 7.6 was perfectly normal for a man of 29 but what I really want to stress is that even when you do realise there is help out there, that all is not as it seems.
Dr Stevens is actually the first Dr I have been under the full-time care of. Prior to this, I had experience of two ‘Providers’ and I use that term because that is exactly what they were. It would not be appropriate for me to discuss in detail about other people here but I can talk with experience when I say that the level of care you will receive with TMHC does not even deserve to be compared.
There are two areas in which I believe there is a huge difference. Firstly, you are dealing with a real Dr, every time. Even when I was under the care of a very professional provider, the aftercare between appointments was often guess work and this is not the way to manage such a complex condition. The other factor here for me is the consistency of dealing with the same Dr who learns and adapts your programme to the smallest detail. Secondly and as important, is the level of care and service. When I first contacted TMHC I thought the same as a lot of you will – “Wow, why is the appointment that long?” “Why do I have to wait so long?” “If the appointment is that much, will I afford the treatment?”
I am so glad I still attended. Within 5 minutes with Dr Stevens I felts somebody wanted to learn about me. I’d seen a total of 5 Dr’s up to this point but finally somebody was investing the time…90 minutes flew by. I learnt about TRT, I laughed, I felt normal!
I left that first session clear on my protocol and we even did my first injections… bearing in mind I’d been on TRT for months before that I really had no idea.
Since that first appointment we’ve had the required follow up and we are already tweaking my programme with another blood test just done and some more changes to come.
Joining TMHC is the best decision I could have made and I continue to make progress – long may it continue.
I had been struggling with a decline in my energy levels, anxiety, libido and fat gain for many years. During this period, I had looked at every part of my life to try and improve my health, from the gym to personal development. I got more and more into fitness, thinking I wasn’t doing enough, I did slim down but it was a massive struggle to maintain a normal life, work, marriage, kids and going to the gym There was little reward. I really struggled with why this was the case, I was eating healthy, had given up drinking, I meditated, practised yoga, but the symptoms still remained and got worse over time. I would suffer from tension-type headaches due to anxiety and stress. All of it was a cycle of ill-effects causing many symptoms.
I went through the NHS, tried antidepressants, beta blockers but none of it touched the symptoms. I had bloods done by my then doctor, who said my hormone levels were too low, so sent me to a Urologist. He dismissed me straight away and said it was all in my head. My levels were at the bottom of the scale, others were way over, and that was fine for him. Not for me though, so I went to the The Men’s Health Clinic 7 months ago and became a patient of Dr Stevens. It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I’m no longer suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone, I feel better than I have ever in my life. My energy levels are back to normal, I can go to the gym and recover in time, I can do DIY all weekend and not suffer in the week. My mental well-being has improved greatly, my confidence, my outlook on life and one of the best things, my anxiety has gone. Having suffered anxiety for 25 years this is a relief I can’t describe.
Dr Stevens and Lydia provide a fantastic, professional service. Having an experienced doctor and team look after you is priceless, I could not be happier with the decision to be a patient of The Men’s Health Clinic.
Thanks to Dr Robert Stevens and 3 month of his gold standard treatment i finally feel human again!
Prior to this I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia and dysfunctional gastric syndrome by NHS specialists and told I did not need hormone treatment, 3 month with Dr Stevens the fibromyalgia and dysfunctional gastric syndrome is gone.
I realised how caring Dr Stevens was even before my first consultation when he had to support me through the side effects of my previous NHS protocol and guide me through an unbearable storm of suffering just to reach the starting point with him.
During my first consultation he immediately put me at ease, made me laugh out loud, reassured me, designed an individualised plan of action that met my specific needs and explained each step of the journey ahead in remarkable detail.
Whenever I was in doubt or struggling, he was extremely responsive to any issues that needed to be resolved. You are not left hanging or abandoned as part of The Men’s Health Clinic, instead given swift and effective support whenever a need arises.
Dr Stevens is extremely passionate and his approach to Testosterone Replacement Therapy is always a thoughtful and cautious one, emphasising safety and minimising the side effects. He has planned out every step of the process from the consultation and blood tests, to the review and protocol design, to ordering the medication and the best preparation/injection techniques, and finally maximising quality of life and eliminating any negative symptoms. This is done via individual consultations, email correspondence, an online website and blog, useful YouTube video demonstrations and through social media to promote health awareness.
I truly feel under the care of someone who has my best interests at heart and part of a community now. I have been through some dark times and my current protocol is already starting to lift me up to a better place in life. I look forward to improving even more and I really do acknowledge and appreciate the dedication, effort and leadership required to provide a groundbreaking service like this.
I have already recommended The Men’s Health Clinic to close family members and friends.
Having spent 2 years with my NHS Endocrinologist, only to end up complaining to PALS, I decided that enough was enough. I caused my own case of mixed primary/secondary hypogonadism; it was clear I would not recover fully. I had low testosterone for years. I needed a Doctor who would follow what the guidelines say, and who cares about his patients. That’s why I went through with TMHC, after finding them on Excelmale.
I am very pleased I met Dr. Stevens and am under his care. He is knowledgeable, both clinically and scientifically, and is very honest and open about a subject that had become a 2-year long nightmare for me. He absolutely cares about his patients and tailors accordingly to individual needs, and his treatment is indeed effective and safe. He wants to ensure that I meet healthy levels with regard to my blood markers. It is clear that the health and well-being of his patients is paramount to him.
Dr. Stevens also stresses the importance of exercise, diet, and healthy stress-free lifestyles to his patients, so that issues, otherwise given drugs for in the NHS, can be prevented and/or resolved.
The clinic itself is also incredibly friendly and Lydia is particularly helpful. I can honestly say that my health and well-being is in safe hands. I definitely recommend TMHC to anyone who needs TRT or further advice with how to deal with hypogonadism.
I first heard about TMHC at the start of 2018 on a fitness forum, where people were discussing the lack of support for men with low testosterone levels. Dr Stevens and TMHC were mentioned several times as the best private clinic to visit.
Initially I was very nervous about booking an appointment due to my low testosterone levels being caused by steroid use in my 20s. However, after my initial consultation, all my worries were laid to rest. Dr Stevens is both professional and courteous and a very rare breed of Dr in this day and age, as he actually sat and listened to me and I left the appointment feeling that someone actually cares about my health and well-being.
All of my appointments since have been of the same high standard and both Dr Stevens and Lydia are always on hand to address any concerns that I or any of their other patients may have.
I’m only a couple months into my treatment but I’m constantly making improvements physically and mentally. Knowing that TMHC are on hand, takes away a huge amount of stress from the whole situation and I have recommended the clinic to several associates that would benefit from the services offered.
I hope the clinic carries on going from strength to strength and can start to offer further services in the future to help aid men with their health and well-being.
As a patient of Dr Robert Stevens, I would like to add my comments for anyone interested in the service, both he and his staff provide at The Men’s Health Clinic.
Firstly, I have conducted numerous research and consulted other professionals in the realm of TRT. Some have been very helpful in terms of confessing a lack of competence in this area and others (although maybe competent) I’ve found to not very informative and very hard to connect with/reach out to.
Dr Stevens is extremely careful in his approach and considers a wide variety of variables and safe practices that makes you feel involved and part of the process. I’ve found them highly tuned in to me as a client and not only effective in determining and adjusting processes but very conscientious in regards to what they provide.
To men this highlights the difference between those that want to make a difference and those that do not really see any meaningful implications to the work they do.
In terms of leadership, it’s of my view that unless people can lead themselves effectively they will struggle and fail in leading others most of the time. There’s a a great combined leadership approach that sits well with me in terms of maintaining my own autonomy whilst seeking professional advice.
After around three years of attempting to get suitable treatment elsewhere, I came across the TMHC online and emailed Dr Stevens. His reply was very quick (this remains the case every time I contact him) and it was clear he was not only exceptionally well versed in the latest treatment options, but his passion for his business was obvious.
I’m very happy to say I have now met Dr Stevens and I am now under his care. He was very professional but immediately made me feel at ease talking about a somewhat uncomfortable subject.
My journey has only just begun but I feel for the first time in years, I’m heading in the right direction and that my health and well-being could not be in safer hands. I would highly recommend the TMHC to anyone who feels they may require treatment and is looking for clear professional advice and a great service.
Feeling increasingly tired and demotivated, and with blood test results showing low to borderline testosterone levels, I wasted time visiting other doctors, and eventually made the effort to visit Dr Stevens a few weeks ago.
I found him to be friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. His common sense approach was what I had been looking for and I have already begun to feel significantly better. I would highly recommend TMHC as the first port of call to any man with concerns regarding their hormonal health and does not wish to simply accept tolerating a decline in their quality of life.
I have been very impressed with the professionalism and quality of care from Dr Stevens and The Men’s Health Clinic. They offer bespoke care, centred directly around a patient’s needs and are very knowledgeable about treatment options. Dr Stevens experience and expertise in the field of HRT is exceptional.
At the Men’s Health Clinic they also go above and beyond, to provide you with practical advice on the safe and effective administration of medication, as well as advice on obtaining the correct medical supplies. You feel supported at every step, which is so important.
I’ve been a patient of theirs for a short period of time. I have spent a few months asking questions and have found their staff to be conscientious, caring, knowledgeable and a great source on information in matters relating to my hormonal health.
I would recommend TMHC to any man that is serious about seeking professional guidance in matters of hormone health as relates to optimal health overall.
At the beginning of 2018, I had been given the details of The Men’s Health Clinic. I emailed them straight away and because of past experience with another Clinic or Facilitator, I wasn’t expecting such a responsive genuine reply so soon. Appointment was made to go to the Poole and my mind was made up, these were the people I would be going with.
This isn’t a quick fix or a ‘get well in a week taking a couple of pills’, this is a commitment for life and without even meeting Dr Stevens, I knew he had my best interests at heart. This is way more than a business to him. Fair to say, due to my symptoms I was edgy, questioning and pretty concerned. Dr Stevens always took my calls, replied to emails and explained everything with no questions asked. I hadn’t even been to see him yet!
There are no two ways about it, without this treatment things would be very different, in all the ways associated when you require TRT treatment. Both Lydia, who works with him and Dr Stevens to this day, are responsive, accommodating and courteous. The advice is always personal and detailed and there is nothing ever suggested that isn’t in my best interest or without looking at my bloods to assess what is right and where I am at. There are no other clinics that do what they do or how they do it, it’s that simple. There are TRT clinics of course, along with facilitators charging ludicrous prices and then there is The Men’s Health Clinic. It’s a no brainer.
I was starting to display some of the symptoms of low testosterone about a year ago, however I did not suffer with depression or brain fog. I had bad ED, lacked motivation, lacked self-confidence, little libido and was starting to put on a pound or two.
I had a couple of appointments with my GP, but on both times, they were pretty dismissive that it could be hormone levels, they did do blood tests on both occasions but failed to do a hormone profile. I guess the NHS has bigger fires to fight than put a 60-year-old on TRT, so when my GP gave me a card with details of a Psychiatric Consultant, I gave up.
After a consultation and two blood tests, my testosterone level was found to be way below the accepted minimum.
I would like to state, at this point I was totally made aware of all the pro’s and con’s of this kind of therapy. In fact, the whole process was done in a totally professional manner and felt as relaxed as I could be, bearing in mind my self-confidence issue.
The aftercare and instructional videos that went with this are great, even I had no problems with them.
Within two weeks on starting the therapy I was starting to notice a difference and 7 odd weeks into the therapy I am not only going for 5 mile runs but am now looking at improving my times. All the other bits are starting to work again if you follow my drift and I feel the old “Me” is back.
I first came to see Rob in early 2018. I had been diagnosed with low testosterone by the NHS and had started treatment with them. After months of treatment on testosterone gel, my levels had barely gone anywhere and I was still below the normal range. I was offered testosterone Nebido but was not confident in the effect it would have. This is when I decided to make an appointment with The Men’s Health Clinic and come to see Rob after discovering him on an online testosterone replacement therapy group on Facebook.
I was 24 years old and my levels had been fluctuating between around 3.5 and 8nmol/l which is very low, especially for my age. After around 4 weeks of treatment with Rob on Testosterone Enanthate and HCG, my levels rose to around 47nmol/l. That was an incredible turnaround. Ever since then, we have been working together to dial those levels back down towards a normal range and they are now at around 36 nmol/l, which although is slightly above the normal range, my free testosterone is brought back into the normal range by my SHBG levels.
This shows that less is sometimes more when it comes to treatment and a lot of guys feel a lot better being in the normal rang than too high – such as anxiety and high haematocrit levels. There are also side effects of being too high. Rob is an excellent doctor and the treatment you will receive with him is likely to far outweigh that of the NHS (who I have great respect for, but they just don’t have the knowledge or personal touch that Rob does).
Top marks given, I owe a lot to you guys. I went from struggling to stay focused with daily tasks and neglecting my business, to thriving and achieving more.
I have been very impressed with the service I have received from The Men’s Health Clinic and would highly recommend them. The staff are friendly and professional and really go the extra mile for their patients. I have received personalised and attentive care from the clinic and whenever I have a question they respond thoroughly and promptly.
I had had low testosterone for over a year and was seeing a consultant on the NHS for the problem. After a number of months on treatment, my T levels had not changed on the Testogel I had been prescribed and I was offered Nebido. Some people work well with this, however, a lot of feedback from people with experience in using it was that it did not work well for them. I was part of an online forum for guys suffering with the same issues and on there, I found Dr Stevens. His knowledge of this area is very good and it is comforting to know you are getting help from a qualified doctor. He is there to answer questions whenever you have them and is always available to help. The treatment is tailored to each individual to get the levels right and you are monitored well. Recommended!’
I am 58 and have been a patient of Dr Stevens for about a year.
My story is apparently like so many men of my age, a perceived gradual drift downhill of apparently age related symptoms. Over the previous 2 years prior to beginning treatment with Dr Stevens I experienced diminishing energy levels , often falling asleep in the evenings, was gradually losing body strength and muscle mass and gaining body fat instead. Focusing at work was becoming ever difficult, on occasion struggling to get a physical and mental grip on tasks that had previously been almost second nature.
The worst and most devastating symptom though, was the ever-decreasing sex drive. Having been been prescribed conventional ED medication about 4 years previously, to be taken when necessary but had been dosing ever more frequently as the medication was no longer had the same desired effect. My partner and I were heading for serious relationship issues stemming from my avoidance excuses and her becoming convinced that I had lost interest in her.
Having previously been able to keep an almost constant positive outlook, my symptoms were slowly pushing me into deep lows of depression. I researched widely on the internet, concluded that the symptoms had to be testosterone deficiency related and went to see my GP. The blood tests came back with low T but right on the cusp of the NHS definition of “normal” so no treatment was offered. The crux and most infuriating of all, was having the GP, who was about the same age, tell me “ You are getting older and just have to live with it”. That made me mad as hell!! and I refused to accept this, searched for private treatment and was over the moon to discover Dr Stevens clinic in the area . The initial consultation was very professional, relaxed and reassuring. Extensive blood tests confirmed the previous results, I was prescribed Nebido injections and received the first one about 2 weeks later.
My sex drive kicked back in almost immediately after the first shot and that alone pulled me out of the depression. For the first few weeks, both my partner and I were on “cloud nine” but then some not so pleasant side effects began. There was, what I can only describe as, a roller coaster of lows and highs with the the lows getting worse as I approached the next injection. I received a top up after 6 weeks that ceased the roller coaster within a day but then acute acne appeared all over my face and back that took around two embarrassing weeks to settle down. Similar symptoms occurred after the third injection and after another consultation with Dr Stevens, he recommended that I switch to Testogel which I have been applying daily for the last 7 months.
Since beginning Testogel, I haven’t thus far looked back. I feel constantly stable with no perceivable side effects and I would describe my general feeling of well being as somewhere around euphoric. My strength and clarity of mind have returned, I have gained back all the lost muscle (plus a lot more and without even trying). My body fat is gradually and noticeably decreasing and my libido and stamina are seemingly comparable to age 25.
If my own experience is anything to go by, you don’t have to accept being told “you are getting older so what do you expect”. This is not a given and improving physical and mental state is within one’s own responsibility to take control of.
Being under the care of Dr Stevens at the clinic has thus far been life changing for me and my partner and I can’t thank or recommend him highly enough.
Although I am sure that my condition was gradually worsening over several years, at around the age of 50 all the classical signs of low testosterone accelerated quickly. It was so noticeable and I felt I was aging so quickly that I thought that I had a life changing illness. People I knew were saying I looked older. I felt older. I had aches and pains. I was getting softer and fatter. I had no energy, felt depressed and grumpy and I was seriously under performing in the bedroom.
I went to my Doctor and he took me seriously. I had a barrage of tests and examinations which produced no answers. I broached the subject of low testosterone and although my Doctor was not overly enthusiastic he ordered the test and it came back as very low but within the normal range. As far as my Doctor and the NHS were concerned, normal was normal and that was the end of that.
I was convinced that testosterone was playing a major part with my health issues. I sought out Doctor Stevens and he started me on a trial of Testogel. I have been on the treatment for nearly two years now. I am now fit, healthy and basically back to the old me I remember.
I have two recommendations to anybody who cares to take them –
After spending my early 20’s experimenting with the gym and some products that I shouldn’t have, I found myself completely shut down by the age of 25.
My relationship suffered the most as I had no desire or ability. I was always tired and fatigued, felt weak and down which is the complete opposite of my personality. Finally I was recommended Dr. Stevens. He was like an answer to my prayers after 4 years of trying absolutely everything from going to my GP (who didn’t want to know) to even being hypnotised. After my initial consultation and blood test he very quickly identified the issue and along with it, a solution. Explained it all in a manner that I could understand and process. Didn’t make me feel worse like my GP did.
I started TRT about 4 months ago now and honestly could not be happier, I am back to my energetic, confident happy self and I feel like a man again. I feel like I did when I was 18. After 4 very dark years of thinking that I had to accept that’s what my life would be like Dr. Stevens, as cliche as it sounds was the light at the end of a dark tunnel. I cannot recommend him enough.
If you feel or are suffering from what I was please please go and see him. Speak up, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and there’s always a solution.
I genuinely can’t thank you enough Dr. Stevens (as can my partner).
I feel amazing, my quality of life has improved 100%. I cannot thank you and Dr Stevens enough, you have literally given me my life back! So please accept the following testimonial with my gratitude…
I am a 39 year old father of three, I have been active all my life, involved in many different sports since the age of 16 – competitive powerlifting,martial arts and various other contact sports – always active and always training for something. About a year or so ago, I noticed that i was starting to run out of energy by the middle of the week and found myself getting up each day with a mental fog and generally just having no motivation. Naturally I went to my GP where i was told it was just wear and tear after years of training and basically told to slow down! At the time I was almost 38 years old and yet the way I felt, was so exhausted all the time. Then I began to not sleep properly and even worse began to experience a drop in my libido which started to cause a few issues with my wife which caused me to fall into a little bit of a depression.
After, things continued to decline so I again went to my GP and this time asked for them to test my testosterone levels as I had read a few articles during my studies regarding the effects of low testosterone and wondered if this was a possible cause for what i was experiencing. After a blood test it turned out i had almost no testosterone in my body which, as you can imagine, was very concerning. This prompted me to immediately look for some way to correct this and after searching on the internet, I came across Preventative Health Doctors.
I emailed Dr Robert Stevens and literally heard back almost immediately. I booked a consultation as soon as possible and shortly after was actually sat in Dr.Stevens office being spoken too with care and understanding and in a manner which put my mind at ease, as straight away I felt I had found an understanding doctor who didn’t see just another appointment, but a person in need of help.
Straight away the treatment was explained in easy to understand terms, no medical jargon, and shortly after a blood test I began treatment and haven’t looked back since. Each week since beginning treatment my life is improving, I have drive, energy and have regained desire to get up and do things and enjoy family time more. Training in the gym has become fun again and my personal relationship with my wife has never been better, I even get a full nights sleep every night and get up ready to tackle the world.
I feel fantastic and have certainly recommended to various friends and members of my social group who are experiencing any of the issues I had to go see Dr.Stevens and start getting back their lives as they are not ready to be boxed and shelved yet, there is hope and through Preventative Health Doctors I have found a new lease on my life!!
I’m a 37 year old male and over the last few years I’ve noticed a gradual decline in a few key aspects of my life. I went through many relationships where my performance came into question, had problems with impotence which made me quite depressed and anxious.
After about 2 years of being afraid of getting into situations where I knew I had a problem I decided to get myself checked out at a private clinic and with the NHS. My testosterone came back “in range” yet on the low end (maybe for a 65-70 year old man) but the NHS would tell me I’m “normal”. I knew something was amiss. I was at a wits end and was going to go the underground route to see if that would help.
I was looking for sources on a bunch of forums and while asking advice on the excellent forum ExcelMale I was referred to Dr Stevens website. I sent the Dr my results and told him my symptoms he agreed that I am a decent candidate for therapy so he booked me. On consultation, we talked about my symptoms and history (I lost a testicle at age 13 due to testicular torsion after a football injury) and then he took my blood levels. It turns out that my testosterone, although was still in range, yet low end, it was my Oestradiol (Oestrogen – Female hormone) that was the problem. It was surprisingly extremely low, which causes much of the same symptoms as low testosterone, my other hormone results suggested that my brain was working extremely hard to make up for the single testicle down below which was also causing symptoms.
I was diagnosed with Primary Hypogonadism which is a problem with the testicles (Secondary being a problem with the brain) Dr Stevens put me on a protocol of 125mg Testosterone Enanthate per week split into 2 injections (to keep levels constant) and 300IU of HCG twice weekly (to maintain fertility). I was a little worried about injecting but after the demonstration by Dr Stevens it was easy and I hardly feel it anymore. The results actually felt instant which is probably the placebo effect. But over the next few weeks I noticed my virility returning, morning erections and noticing the opposite sex a heck of a lot more, which helped lift the insidious fog that has been plaguing me over the last years. I also started to feel more outspoken, confident and social, I felt a lot more like I used to 10 years or so ago. Its almost 3 months down the line now and I can attest that my sex life has resumed and I am dating again. I am running a few different businesses, my time in the gym is now paying off as I can see my body start to change (I’ve always been training, but felt I was just spinning the wheels) for the better and at 37 years old I felt like an old man, but now although I realise I am right at the start of this new life I do feel like a young man again.
Through one further consultation Dr Steven has optimised my hormone levels, testosterone is on the high end, Oestrogen is smack in the middle, red blood cells Haemocrit is exactly where it should be too. I don’t need to go back for another 6 months so the costs aren’t high, but how can you put a price on your happiness and quality of life?!
I have many friends the same age as me, who if I notice they are feeling like I am I will immediately put them in touch with Dr Stevens. The risks associated with low testosterone are huge and I would be doing my friends a disservice if I didn’t.
For all that are considering TRT and not sure weather it’s for you, or think “is it worth it?”, here is my story…
I am in a long relationship with my fiance and have a very busy lifestyle, but for a while I felt demotivated, always tired and sex drive was low at best. I spoke with a friend and he told me about TRT. I did all the research under the sun and so the next step was to arrange the consult.
They make you feel relaxed and go through everything with you. Once going through the financial side, which was a big question and to be honest it’s not a lot in the grand scheme of your health and well being. I am 3 months in, sex drive is back, feel good factor is there, body is definitely leaner and stronger in the gym.
When I came to The Men’s Health Clinic I knew certain things about myself. You can probably relate…
There were a few things I didn’t know…
I came to visit Dr Stevens without any assumptions or expectations about what would happen. We talked about topics that i could never get a GP to talk about in the NHS. We talked about the stuff that mattered to me. We talked about my quality of life and what has been changing. We talked about stress management and how that could be affecting me. I was greeted with compassion, care and empathy from Doctor Stevens in a private environment in an un-rushed manner. I had his undivided attention, and 100% of his knowledge working to solve my issues.
We decided to take a small blood test, and i found out something else I did not know – My hormonal profile was not supporting the lifestyle I wanted to achieve, and was low by objective medical standards. This is important to me – Its not some forum on the internet – there are standard amounts of hormones you should find in your blood and i was naturally lower than where they should be. It wasn’t “broscience” or an internet sales pitch. It was a real lab giving me real data with real standard to compare it against. From there we decided that the best course of action for me was to try and round of TRT. The results have been amazing.
If you are a hard worker, and care about your quality of life and well being, Its worth having the consult. The information is empowering and coupled with Dr Stevens expertise it helped my realise the quality of life i knew I could have and that I deserved.
Very appreciative to benefit from an hour long consultation, during which Dr Stevens explained the risks and benefits of treatment, in what I perceived as a balanced and very informed manner. I had many questions which were patiently answered to my satisfaction. Dr Stevens is a warm and empathetic doctor, who demonstrates a clear commitment to helping his patients improve their quality of life. Initial consultation covered lifestyle issues, diet, sleep hygiene and other elements rather than focusing entirely on TRT.
Administration of treatment and sterile protocols were clearly demonstrated during the follow up consultation and written instructions were provided. Hormone therapy is a significant decision which patients will consider carefully, but I was confident that I’d be in safe hands and would be receiving appropriate evidence based treatment.
Dr Stevens is approachable and has been available by email and telephone to answer questions, discuss test results and any further action required in my case.
As for results – now feeling absolutely fantastic. I’m grateful for full remission of fatigue symptoms after four months of treatment, better sleep and concentration, and an overall increase in quality of life.
Thank you Dr Stevens.
As you pass your 40’s, inevitably, or so I thought, your body begins to tell you that you can’t do everything quite as easily as you did when you were in your 20’s and 30’s. So do we all listen to our bodies, pop on the slippers, recline into our cosy armchair and look forward to a warm mug of cocoa and bed time?…Some do, I didn’t; I started to research.
As a 40 something active guy with a company to run and a zest for life I was determined to sort this out. During my research I came across a number of firms online who professed to be able to balance hormones and give you back your 20 something mojo; but a little extra digging revealed the generic nature of these services. Give blood, nameless, faceless analysis and a GP at the end to prescribe. I wanted to see specialist, someone who I could talk to about my own symptoms, someone who would take a real interest in ‘optimising’ me.
That’s when a came across Dr Stevens and that was one of the greatest decisions I have made in a very long time. From my first consultation Dr Stevens’ personality, knowledge and passion was infectious. He took time to explain to me all of my options, what I could expect and most importantly how he would work with me to tailor my treatment to me. True to his word, Dr Stevens has fine-tuned my treatment and I’m feeling great, more energy, more sex drive, faster recovery, better sleep patterns, greater ability to deal with work pressures and stress, the list goes on. If you are not ready for the armchair and coco, want to work with a specialist to fight back against the aging process, Dr Stevens is most certainly your man.
Was highly recommend to see Dr Stevens and I have to say it has been an absolute pleasure to deal with such an approachable and down to earth professional. My treatment is going extremely well and I am looking forward to his continued help. I cannot sing his praises enough, 10 out of 10.
Without sounding cheesy, this is the best thing I’ve ever done, never realised how low you get when your hormones aren’t quite right and second to that how much better life is when everything is in sync and at the highest level.
I found Dr Rob online. Initial consultation was friendly and informative, and the tests were very comprehensive. No question was left unanswered.
TRT has changed my life, I have more energy and confidence and I am much happier.
I would recommend the service to anyone.
Hello Dr Stevens,
Following on from my consultation today I just wanted to send a quick email thanking you for making me feel like me again. If you would like to use this as a testimonial for future clients, please feel free.
Around the age of 28 I noticed I was in decline generally, I could not pinpoint the exact cause. I was at the time working for the Police and under a great deal of stress both mentally and physically, although I had a great life and enjoyed my career very much I knew there was something wrong.
As the years went by I consulted my GP on various occasions. Although well meaning, he would always come back with the stock reply, that I was suffering from the effects of stress and needed to alter my lifestyle. During my last consultation, I was offered a diagnosis of depression and offered medication. That was the last time I spoke with my GP regarding the matter, I have known clinical depression and how I was feeling coupled with the physical symptoms, it was an enigma yes, depression no.
As I aged I noticed things were getting worse and thanks to many hours research on the internet, I had a working theory, I was suffering from low testosterone. However, being 6’4″ with a fair covering of facial and body hair I knew it would be pointless discussing this matter with my cash strapped NHS GP.
I selected several companies offering TRT and The Men’s Health Clinic was one of them. Living in Swansea I knew I would have to travel for treatment there were several in London but the fees they were charging were borderline obscene.
The Men’s Health Clinic were transparent about the costs involved, I also liked the idea of injections rather than gels. Although I know they have their place, topical gels would not have suited me. From the moment I walked into the office, I knew you were someone I could work with. By this point I was working as a nurse and I knew you had detailed knowledge of your field. As you will remember I had some concerns about starting the treatment, namely that I would turn into a steroid rage driven lunatic but you reassured me in a professional but relaxed way that I would not.
It is now six months since I commenced treatment and I can honestly say I have not looked back, my treatment with Nebido and HCG is nothing short of remarkable. Yes, there are costs involved with the therapy but in my opinion they are negligible when compared to how much better I feel. Now I sleep soundly every night for 8 hours, I have my strength and stamina back and I laugh and love life just as I did in my mid 20’s, I am also happy that my blood is screened regularly to check the effects of the treatment.
Should any of your perspective patients wish to chat with another patient I am more than happy to share my experience with them.
Thank you again, best wishes.
I’d been investigating TRT for some time. It was a subject that I had some knowledge about so was looking for a clinician that could be trusted, had a new perspective, and was also one that I could get on with. Living outside London was also an issue as there are a number of people inside London, but something there just wasn’t a fit.
Dealing with Rob was a delight. He is approachable, knowledgeable and realistic. He dealt with all questions with the right level of detail for me. As a pedantic soul I was more than happy! Treatment so far has made all parts of my life 10-20% better. My well being has improved, I have more ‘pep in my step’ and I also don’t feel like I am having a treatment. It’s just part of my life which happens to enhance it.
Hi Rob, I would like to let you know how helpful you & the practice are towards my health care and through the manner you give on a personal basis with your patients. Thanks again.
I am 75 years old and started treatment for ED in august this year. It has worked and my girlfriend will agree!
I used to be over 18 stones and managed to lose a lot of weight to the point of being 11 stones. However, I have always had issues developing stamina or muscle mass, hence why I was referred to Dr. Stevens who had my blood checked and confirmed that I had a hormonal imbalance which was affecting me. Now nearly 6 months into treatment and my life has changed for the better. My physical activity; stamina and overall health has improved, I cannot thank him enough. His advice comforted me and made me feel that I am in expert hands, and thankfully after all this time, I am seeing results which were beyond my expectations.
TRT is a lifestyle change and has taught me that mood and psychological state has a direct affect on maintaining health. It has also impacted my sexual life in a positive way. I would strongly recommend this treatment to anyone who has never had a hormonal check and suspects that low testosterone could be the reason affecting their overall health/stamina/sex drive.
I was suffering from low testosterone symptoms, was surfing the internet and came across Dr Robert Stevens at Preventative Health Doctors. I decided to get in contact with Dr Stevens about my symptoms and go and have a consultation with him. At the end of the consultation, I decided to go on a trial of TRT therapy.
Within one month of being on testosterone, my sex drive has returned just like when I was a teenager, my energy has started to return and I’m experiencing big improvement with my moods. My confidence has also improved. I would recommend TRT therapy to anyone, just wish I had treatment sooner.
Dr Robert Stevens is a down to earth friendly guy who listens to all of your problems and is willing to help you. Preventative Health Doctors is a clean friendly clinic with reasonable prices. Excellent service, 10 out of 10.
Very friendly staff; quiet, clean, professional establishment. Would highly recommend to anyone suffering with low T and looking for treatment. Dr Stevens has gone above and beyond. Finding a Dr to listen to someone like myself, a young guy with low T has been hard to find so very grateful to Dr Stevens for his continued help.
Only started treatment a few months ago and so far it has helped me with my symptoms massively and I’m looking forward to seeing even more improvement in the future.
Four years ago, and still in my mid thirties, I started to investigate the possibility that I suffer from low testosterone. I knew from looking online that the symptoms were a match to mine and was confident that testosterone was the issue. My GP agreed to blood tests and the results showed that I was low (11.1) but just above the threshold for treatment set by the NHS. My GP insisted that I was ‘fine’ and that “some people are just tuned differently”. I felt like I had no option but to put up with my symptoms.
Four years on (and feeling worse), I decided to get tested again, but this time by a specialist. After contacting the Preventative Health Doctors they conducted blood tests confirming that my levels were still low (now 8.1). Dr Robert Stevens listened, explained the costs (not anywhere near as expensive as I thought) and then proceeded to tailor a treatment plan for me. It was such a relief to talk to someone who understood the condition, the impact it has and how to treat it.
Four months into treatment and I am starting to feel the benefit. I know from personal experience that Low T can have a huge effect on your life, and I would recommend treatment from the the Preventative Health Dr’s to anyone.
I wanted to give you some feedback on the treatment I am receiving. I am a 50 year old man and for many years now I have felt tired, lethargic with a low sex drive leading to depression. I visited my G.P on a number of occasions and was told ‘there is a lot of it going around’ on the last visit I asked if I could be suffering from low testosterone levels as I had a gut feeling it maybe hormonal,my persistence eventually led to a blood test that did indeed confirm I had very low testosterone but that nothing could be done.
My sister is a nurse and knew of Preventative Health Doctors and Dr. Rob Stevens and suggested he may be able to help. I made an appointment to see Dr Stevens, he visited my home and checked my medical history, he also give me a physical examination to rule out any other cause. My last blood test results were reviewed and he informed me my testosterone levels were ‘through the floor and that I would be a good candidate for TRT therapy’. I was happy to proceed and started a course of treatment soon after.
The results have been truly spectacular! Within 3 months I have more energy, a more positive outlook and a high sex drive. I have started working out at the gym like I used to when younger, I feel terrific and have my life back.
Thank God for Drs like Rob, that are willing to look outside mainstream thinking and really try and help, not just push pills at you and tell you its all in your mind. I intend to stay on TRT for as long as possible and hope men of all ages seek help if they have symptoms like mine.
As men, I suppose we don’t like to think we can have hormone problems, but we can and do and I am proof that there is treatment available from Preventative Health Doctors and that it really works.
Thanks once again Dr Stevens and team.