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Let’s Size it UP: Truth behind penile enlargement

Penis size has always been something that men are preoccupied with. Most men think that bigger is better. It is also directly linked to their self-esteem and self-confidence. Some men get self-conscious when they’re in the changing room comparing themselves with other men who apparently have bigger penises.  Some even feel that if they are not big enough they may not be attractive to the ladies or adequately satisfy their partners. That is why if you search on the internet for penile enlargement, you will get a lot of different products and services listed in order to help you achieve it. The products include things like pills, creams, massage oils, injections and even surgery. The question is do they really work? Or are they just banking on men’s’ fears and obsessions?

In this article, I will explore some of the popular treatment options available and see if it really works or is it just a waste of your money.

What is normal size?

First of all, let us establish what is considered normal. Do some men feel that they are small, but are they really? Many studies have shown that men who think their penises are small actually have normal-sized penises. It is only considered small if the Stretched Penile Length (SPL) is less than 7cm or 2.8 inches. This is measured from the base of the pubic region to the tip of the penis when it’s stretched. Anything longer than this is considered normal size.

Penis enlargement products:

Pills, creams and lotions

These products usually contain herbs or ingredients that manufacturers claim help to increase penile length. Actually most of them only supposed to help to improve blood flow to boost erection. It doesn’t really change the actual penis size or length.

Vacuum pumps

These pumps work by drawing more blood into the penis causing the penis to swell and get engorged. It might make the penis appear bigger temporarily but prolonged use may damage the tissues in the penis and may cause the erections to be less firm.

Exercises

This is similar to penis massage and sometimes are called jelqing. Using both hands to massage the penis to improve blood flow and hoping to increase the length. This technique may be safer but it is not scientifically proven to work. If not done properly may cause pain  or injury to the penis.

Procedures:

Filler injections

Some clinics in other countries offer filler injections using ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid which is typically used to even out wrinkles. A few small scale studies have shown temporary improvements in penile length and size. However bigger studies are required to establish its efficacy and currently it is not a medically approved procedure in Singapore.

Penile surgery

This would be the most extreme method of penile enlargement. There are different techniques done by different surgeons. So far this is the only proven method of penile enlargement. However, there are several potential risks and complications to consider.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

This procedure works by applying low-intensity shockwave to the penis. This helps to increase blood flow and circulation. Some patients experience bigger girth due to the increased blood flow but no change to the penile length. 

Important things that you can do:

Seek medical consult

Speak to a doctor who can advise you whether you have a small penis and what would be suitable for you.

Talk to your partner

You may feel inadequate but your partner may not have any problems with it. Communicate this to your partner so you can discuss what’s best for you. It may not be about size but could involve certain sexual preferences.

Lose weight

Most of the time, the penis may appear smaller due to excess belly fat. After losing weight especially around the tummy area, your penis will appear longer and more obvious.

Trim your pubic hair

A thick bush may make your penis appear hidden and hence smaller than it actually is. Trimming the pubic hair helps to reveal more of it and make it appear longer or bigger.

Bottom line:

Many men believe that increasing the size of their penis will make them more of a man, more attractive or better in bed. However, it’s highly likely that their penis is within the normal range.

Even if you want to make it bigger, there are no proven ways to do it without risk or complications.

Most of the time it boils down to your own perception about what the size of the penis means to you and your partner. So do speak to a doctor or a healthcare professional to ascertain where you lie with regards to penis size and what is best for you. 

ESWT Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

Watch as Dr Edwin Ong, Resident Doctor, Dr Tan & Partners (DTAP clinic) talks about ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, as an effective treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. Shock Wave therapy is a safe, quick and non-invasive treatment using energy from sound waves to activate the self healing properties of the body and accelerate the recovery process.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

If you have ever experienced intense pain over the bottom of your heel whenever you wake up in the morning and take your first few steps, chances are that you have had plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and affects approximately 1 in 10 people at some point during their lifetime. The pain is typically sharp and sudden and usually happens in only one foot, although both feet can be affected at the same time.

Shockwave Therapy: 

  1. Firstly, through a process known as cavitation, Shock Wave therapy stimulates the production of fibroblasts and tenocytes. These are the cells responsible for the healing of connective tissues such as tendons. The end result is tissue regeneration.
  2. Secondly, the Shock Waves stimulate microscopic circulation and therefore metabolism within the treatment area, which promotes healing and the breakdown of calcification deposits, also known as spurs.
  3. Lastly, Shock Wave therapy diminishes pain by over-stimulation of the nerves that send pain signals to the brain.

To conduct the treatment for plantar fasciitis, we place the treatment probe over the affected area and deliver the required number of shocks. The treatment for plantar fasciitis is tolerable. Most patients will need about 2 to 3 sessions each 2 weeks apart. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis and require treatment for plantar fasciitis, speak to your Doctor and ask if Shock Wave therapy is right for you.

Please call or visit our Siglap Branch or drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com for an appointment.

ESWT Treatment For Elbow Pain

Watch as Dr Edwin Ong, Resident Doctor, Dr Tan & Partners (DTAP clinic) talks about ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy,  as an effective treatment for elbow pain. Shock Wave therapy is a safe, quick and non-invasive treatment using energy from sound waves to activate the self healing properties of the body and accelerate the recovery process.

Common causes of Elbow Pain:

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition which affects the tendons that attach to the outside of the elbow.

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a similar condition affecting the inside of the elbow instead. Tennis elbow is much more common than golfer’s elbow. Despite their names, these injuries can occur in people who overuse their wrists and arms through repeated motions and do not affect just tennis players and golfers only.


Shockwave Therapy: 

  1. Firstly, through a process known as cavitation, Shock Wave therapy stimulates the production of fibroblasts and tenocytes. These are the cells responsible for the healing of connective tissues such as tendons. The end result is tissue regeneration.
  2. Secondly, the Shock Waves stimulate microscopic circulation and therefore metabolism within the treatment area, which promotes healing and the breakdown of calcification deposits, also known as spurs.
  3. Lastly, Shock Wave therapy diminishes pain by over-stimulation of the nerves that send pain signals to the brain.

To conduct the treatment for elbow pain, we place the treatment probe over the affected area and deliver the required number of shocks. The treatment for elbow pain is tolerable. Most patients will need about 2 to 3 sessions each 2 weeks apart. If you are suffering from elbow pain and require treatment for elbow pain, speak to your Doctor and ask if Shock Wave therapy is right for you.

Please call or visit our Siglap Branch or drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com for an appointment.

ESWT Treatment For Shoulder Pain

Watch as Dr Edwin Ong, Resident Doctor, Dr Tan & Partners (DTAP clinic) talks about ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy,  as an effective treatment for shoulder pain.
Shock Wave therapy is a safe, quick and non-invasive treatment using energy from sound waves to activate the self healing properties of the body and accelerate the recovery process.
It does so in a number of ways: 

  1. Firstly, through a process known as cavitation, Shock Wave therapy stimulates the production of fibroblasts and tenocytes. These are the cells responsible for the healing of connective tissues such as tendons. The end result is tissue regeneration.
  2. Secondly, the Shock Waves stimulate microscopic circulation and therefore metabolism within the treatment area, which promotes healing and the breakdown of calcification deposits, also known as spurs.
  3. Lastly, Shock Wave therapy diminishes pain by over-stimulation of the nerves that send pain signals to the brain.

Shoulder Pain

It works for a variety of causes of shoulder pain including rotator cuff tendinitis and frozen shoulder.

Rotator cuff injury

Repetitive overhead arm movements, heavy lifting or other forms of trauma can strain the rotator cuff tendons and lead to tendinitis. Tendinitis can also develop due to chronic degeneration. The pain is felt mainly when raising the arm outwards and upwards from the body. When tendinitis is present, there is an increased risk of a rotator cuff tear occurring. The tear can be partial or complete and results in weakness when trying to raise the arm.

Frozen shoulder

Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this is a condition in which the movement of the shoulder becomes severely restricted due to the growth of abnormal bands of tissue (called adhesions) between joint surfaces and a lack of synovial fluid to lubricate the joint. Frozen shoulder commonly occurs between the ages of 40 to 60 and can occur after a rotator cuff impingement, a tendon tear, or even minor injury. The problem usually resolves on its own, but this can take up to three years.
To conduct the treatment for shoulder pain, we place the treatment probe over the affected area and deliver the required number of shocks. The treatment for shoulder pain is tolerable. Most patients will need about 2 to 3 sessions each 2 weeks apart.
If you are suffering from shoulder pain and requires tratment for shoulder pain, speak to your Doctor and ask if Shock Wave therapy is right for you.
Please call or visit our Siglap Branch or drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com for an appointment.

What is Chronic Prostatitis Symptom & Treatment?

What is Prostatitis?

Prostatitis refers to a group of conditions that usually cause inflammation of the prostate gland or surrounding structures in men, which results in pain or discomfort around the pelvis and a variety of urinary symptoms.
It can be classified into several categories which include:

  1. Acute Prostatitis,
  2. Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis,
  3. Chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, and
  4. Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis.

Prostatitis is very common, with up to 2-10% of men affected at any time. The majority of these cases will fall under chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, also known now as chronic pelvic pain syndrome – these account for about 95% of prostatitis diagnoses.
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is due to inflammation of the prostate or inflammation in the organs and tissues in the pelvic region.

What are some of the Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis?

Men with chronic pelvic pain syndrome can present with a number of symptoms, including pain at the perineum, testicles, penis, and lower back, pain while passing urine or after ejaculation, and urinary frequency or urgency.
They may also lead to erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.
These symptoms can wax and wane, lasting for weeks to months. Many men can suffer for months at a time with these symptoms without getting the correct diagnosis or treatment.
The exact causes of chronic pelvic pain syndrome are not well known, but it may be triggered by combinations of stress, anxiety, hypersensitive nerves, increased muscle tension, previous infection, or even changes in diet or climate.

What are the Treatments for Chronic Prostatitis?

Treatment options for chronic prostatitis can vary depending on the underlying cause but may include a combination of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and neuromodulators. There is also evidence that some patients can respond well to Electroshockwave Therapy or ESWT for Prostate Inflammation.
If you need to speak to a doctor in regards to Chronic Prostatitis, please visit our clinics. Alternatively, you can email us hello@dtapclinic.com or call us for an appointment.
Take care.


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What is Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome?

Vague groin symptoms?

Do you have non-specific or vague groin symptoms like the following?

  • Difficulty starting or stopping urine
  • Frequent urination especially at night
  • Frequency of wetness in the urethra
  • Incomplete emptying of your bladder
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blood in urine or Blood in semen
  • Pelvic pain or discomfort
  • Pain around penis, testicles or perineum (the area between scrotum and anus)
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain while having sex
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Premature ejaculation

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

If you have any of the above symptoms but your tests results don’t show any infection, you might have Chronic Prostatitis or Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS). This is due to inflammation of the prostate or inflammation in the organs and tissues in the pelvic region. Read: Prostatitis Treatment

What is Chronic Prostate Inflammation (In a Nutshell):

Causes Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome:

This condition may be triggered by sexual intercourse, periods of stress or even changes in weather or different types of food.
This is commonly under-diagnosed by many physicians. Most patients end up frustrated as they are told by their doctors that there is nothing wrong with them or there is no treatment suitable for their condition. Some have to suffer for many years before getting adequately treated.

How to Treat Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome:

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome can be a challenging condition to treat and manage.
Conventionally, it is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs like NSAIDS and patients had to end up taking it for a long time.
Recently, a relatively form of treatment has shown great improvements in men with CPPS. This treatment is by using low-intensity shockwave. The treatment is called Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).

This therapy has shown tremendous improvements in symptoms in men suffering from CPPS. Men have reported improvements from as early as from a single session. Typically one will require 4 sessions of ESWT for maximal benefit.
ESWT for CPPS/Prostatitis is only available at all our Men’s Health ClinicNovena, Somerset, Holland Village & Raffles Place branches.
Do speak to any of our doctors to find out if ESWT is suitable for you. You can drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.comor walk-in or call our clinics for an appointment.
Take Care


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