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Circumcision Reduces Bacteria And Risk Of STDs

What is Circumcision?

Circumcision is a procedure where the excess foreskin is removed. This ritual has been performed on boys for thousands of years. It is currently practised by many faiths and culture. In the states, it is usually done within the first few days of life. Among Muslims and Jews, it is highly encouraged for boys to be circumcised. In fact, it is highly encouraged because it promotes better hygiene among other benefits. 

Male circumcision reduces the abundance of bacteria living on the penis and might help explain why circumcision offers men some protection against HIV, according to a study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

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Are circumcised men less likely to contract HIV?

One of the most interesting benefits of circumcision is the finding that circumcised men are less likely to contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In 2005, a study of South African men found that circumcised men who had sex with an HIV-positive woman were 63 percent less likely than uncircumcised men to contract the virus. Other than HIV, Circumcision has also been shown to reduce the risk of contracting HPV, or human papillomavirus. 

HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer in women. Another sexually transmitted virus is the herpes simplex virus type 2, better known as genital herpes. The risk of transmission of genital herpes is also reduced in men who were circumcised.


Bacteria and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Other than viruses, bacteria also are responsible for some of the common Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Circumcision has been proven to reduce incidence of Chlamydia Trachomatis infection. Interestingly, circumcision doesn’t just protect the men, but also protects the women as well.

In a study published in 2005 in American Journal of Epidemiology, there’s an 82% reduction of Chlamydia infection among women whose partners were circumcised as compared to women whose partners were uncircumcised.

A study of women in Kenya and Uganda enrolled in an RCT and followed up for 3 years found circumcision of their male partners was associated with a 59% reduction in incident syphilis among the women. A prospective study in Kenya by the same authors found that those with circumcised male partners had a 58% lower risk of incident Trachomatis vaginalis than did women with uncircumcised partners.

One of the main possible reasons behind lower risk of infection is the recent finding where there is a significant shift in the bacterial flora of the penis after circumcision. This was according to a study published by the online journal mBio. This international collaboration focused on 156 men in Rakai, Uganda — part of the world’s largest randomized-controlled trial on male circumcision.

Researchers showed that men who were circumcised as part of the study had 33.3 percent less bacteria on their penis than those who remained uncircumcised one year after the study began. Researchers further showed that the decrease was primarily found in 12 types of bacteria, most of which were intolerant to oxygen.

At the same time, understanding the mechanisms that underlie the benefits of male circumcision could help to identify new intervention strategies for decreasing HIV transmission, especially for populations with high HIV prevalence and in places where male circumcision is culturally less acceptable, the study says.

“We know that male circumcision can prevent HIV and other diseases in heterosexual men, but it is important to know why,” said Dr. Lance Price, the Director of TGen Center for Microbiomics and Human Health and the study’s senior author.

“We think that these dramatic changes in the penis microbiome may explain, at least in part, why male circumcision is protective, ” said Dr. Price, who is also a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George Washington University.


HIV

In heterosexual transmission of HIV, the virus on the foreskin needs to reach its target cells, the CD4+ T-cells, which reside primarily in blood or the lymph nodes.

Researchers hypothesize that penis bacteria may facilitate this process in two ways: by both recruiting more HIV target cells to the foreskin and by triggering another set of immune cells, the Langerhans cells, to deliver the virus to susceptible T-cells. Without this trigger, the Langerhans cells will simply destroy the virus.

“Our findings are interesting from two perspectives. From a public health standpoint, we were finally able to detail the bacterial changes associated with male circumcision,” said Dr. Cindy Liu, Adjunct Professor at the Pathogen Genomics Division at TGen, and the study’s lead author.

“From an ecological perspective, our study shows how phenomena from the macro-world actually scale to the micro level. When you change a macro environment, such as clear cutting a forest, you affect the animals that live there. That’s intuitive. Here we show that changing the penis environment affects the microbes that live there as well.” said Dr. Liu, who also is a member of the Department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Currently circumcision among adults is carried out in Africa as a part of the campaign to fight HIV and AIDs. With increasing evidence of health benefits from circumcision, I am seeing more men coming forward to get circumcised voluntarily. These are men who have no medical problems that warrant a circumcision. They simply want to have better hygiene and reduce their risk of infection.

Also read: What Are The Top 7 Reason Men Undergo Circumcision?

At Dr Tan & Partners, we use the Shang Ring Method of circumcision. With this method, there is no need for injections and the procedure is very quick, simple and painless. Only numbing cream is used and after 30 minutes of application, the procedure can commence. The procedure itself takes only 10-15 minutes. Our patients are usually surprised at how painless and quick the procedure is. Most importantly they like how the results look at the end of the day.

Also read: How Does Sutureless Circumcision​ Technique (Shang Ring) Work

Next read: How Is The Adult Circumcision (Foreskin Removal) Procedure Done?

Speak to your doctor if you have any questions regarding circumcision.


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Movember (Moustache + November)

Movember (Moustache + November) is a global movement by the Movember Foundation which puts the spotlight on men’s health, especially prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
The Movember Foundation recognized that males of all ages may hide their pains and suffering and ultimately result in greater problems, including an untimely demise. Unlike females, males are unlikely to share their deeply personal pains and suffering with others, including loved ones or professionals. This is why it is important for fellow males to stand up for each other, and lift them up from the fog of suffering and silence.

Cancer and Suicide – Not a pretty picture

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer now makes up one in seven cancers in Singapore males and is the third most common cancer now. In the five years from 2011 to 2015, almost 20% of those diagnosed with prostate cancer died. What is worse is that prostate cancer in the early stages has no symptoms at all. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the more likely the treatment will be successful for patients and help them remain in remission.

Testicular Cancer

While testicular cancer only accounts for 1 to 2% of all cancers in males, it is the most common cancer in young males between ages 20 to 40 – at the prime of their lives. Like prostate cancer, the earlier testicular cancer is diagnosed, the more likely that a cure is achievable.
See:  How to Perform Testicular Self-Exam

Suicide Prevention

More than 70% of all suicides in Singapore for 2018 were males. This is not unique to Singapore. In Australia, males accounted for 75% of suicides. The number of male suicides in Singapore is twice that of women and the majority were aged 65 years old and above.
It is generally believed that many factors contributed to these statistics. Societal pressures for males to “Man Up” means that males may feel isolated and have nowhere to turn to for help.
In addition, many males may feel that if they seek the help they will lose status or identity and they fear that they may lose independence, competence, control, and autonomy, all of which are perceived norms expected of males.

Mental Health

Finally, a previous study by Oogachaga (a non-profit community-based organisation that works with LGBTQ individuals) in Singapore showed that 3 in 5 LGBT individuals who participated in the survey reported facing some form of discrimination as a result of their sexual orientation. This may be part of the reason why in 2015 a study in CDC found gay and bisexual youths in the U.S. are 4 times more likely to have attempted suicide than their straight peers.

What can you do?

Now, anyone, especially males, can step forward and support your buddies and families by:

  1. Growing a moustache or beard for the month of November.
  2. Pledge to walk 60 km for the month of November – for the 60 men that are lost every hour globally due to suicides.
  3. Spend time with your buddies – be it having a night out or playing a favourite sport or whatever activity you enjoy doing together.

For the whole month of November, Dr. Tan & Partners (DTAP) is proud to support the Movember 2019 initiative with a supportive and friendly environment throughout all its clinics for men of all ages to seek help for all men’s health issues.
Dr. Julian Ng

Dr Julian Ng has 10 years of medical practice experience. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the DTAP Group of clinics in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. He is also a member of the Singapore Men’s Health Society. His special interests are in the field Andrology, especially sexual health. He is currently practising at Dr Tan and Partners (DTAP) clinic at Novena Medical Centre.

Weak Erection & Erectile Dysfunction? – Improve Erection without pills

One of the main reasons why men have weaker erections is due to poor blood flow into the penis. Blood flow may diminish due to chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Other contributing factors include smoking, stress or the effects of ageing. With poorer blood flow, the erections becoming weaker and may not be able to sustain as long as before.

Typically, men will be popping pills or medications that help to increase blood flow to the penis like Sildenafil or Tadalafil. However, these medications do have their side effects and it can be a bit troublesome to have to rely on them for results.
With Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), it gives men hope for better erections without having to rely on pills.

How Does Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) work?

ESWT involves the use of painless, low-energy shockwaves to improve tissue and blood vessels in the body.
The handheld device is applied to the penile muscles and gentle shockwaves are sent to the treatment area.
Delivery of these shockwaves causes new blood vessels to form and thus improving blood flow and circulation to the penis. This, in turn, will improve erection in terms of strength, hardness, and also sustainability.
For men who do not have erectile issues, they may benefit from a single session as well. This is called Penile Rejuvenation.

FAQs:

Is it safe?

Yes ESWT is safe, painless, no downtime and no recovery needed.

How many sessions do I need?

If you have erectile dysfunction, you will need 6 sessions. If you just need a booster or enhancement, you only need a single session.

How much does each session cost?

Each session costs $400.

Are there any criteria for this treatment to be effective?

There are no specific requirements for this treatment. As long as you want a better and stronger erection, you will benefit from ESWT.
Do speak to your doctor to find out if ESWT is suitable for you.

ESWT is available in both our Novena & Somerset Men’s Clinic, please call us or email us at hello@dtapclinic.com for an appointment.

Take Care!


Also, Read:

  1. Things to do to maintain your penis health
  2. Weak Erection: Does Penis Size Matters?
  3. 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Penis
  4. 10 Ways to Improve Sexual Performance for Men
  5. An Overview of STD by an STD Doctor
  6. Sexual Health Advice for Travellers 
  7. Penile Rejuvenation
  8. Electroshock Wave (ESWT) Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction in Singapore
  9. What you need to Know about Erectile Dysfunction 
  10. What You Need to Know about Premature Ejaculation Treatment
  11. What you need to know about Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome
  12. What is HIV / AIDS Signs and Symptoms
  13. Paraphimosis – My Foreskin is Stuck

10 Ways to Improve Sexual Performance for Men

Sex has always been a very important thing to men and sexual performance is strongly linked to one’s manliness. However, as we age, just as other bodily functions, sexual performance may also not be as great as before.

So here are 10 ways you can do to improve sexual performance for men.

#1 Work it!

Exercise helps to boost blood circulation, improve stamina and endurance. It is also proven to improve libido and with better strength and flexibility, sex will be so much more enjoyable for both you and your partner.

#2 Smoke-out – Stop smoking

One of a way to improve sexual performance is by cutting down your cigarette. If you’re smoking, try to quit.
Smoking will impair blood circulation and may cause erectile dysfunction or weaker erections.
Smoking also reduces endurance, stamina and may affect sex drive.

#3 Be Zen

Manage your stress. With our current hectic lifestyle, constant deadlines, constantly rushing from one place to another, stress has become one of the top causes of many medical conditions.
One of the man that it can cause, a weaker erection, lower testosterone levels, drop in sex drive, fatigue. We may not be able to eliminate stress totally from our lives, but we need to learn how to manage them positively.
Find time for your hobbies, for socialising, for personal time etc. Manage your stress before it manages you.

#4 Sober up

A glass of wine may be good for you, but drinking bottles and bottles of beer is too much. Try to cut down on alcohol consumption.
It will reduce blood flow to the penis hence causing weaker erections. It also impairs your sense of judgment so you won’t be able to be as good in bed as you’d like to be.

#5 Eat clean

One of the ways to increase sexual performance is nutrition and diet.
Healthy eating is not just about looking slim and fit. A proper diet also affects a lot of your bodily functions including sexual health.
Eating certain foods like pomegranates, salmon and avocado are good for blood circulation and libido.
You also got to admit, when you’re slim, fit and sexy, sex is definitely more enjoyable for both parties.

#6 Let’s foreplay

Sexual performance is not just about the deed.
For most men, that may be the case, but for women, the foreplay is as important if not, more than the penetration.
It sets them up to work towards achieving orgasms and ultimately climaxing towards sexual euphoria.
This is what bring you closer to Sex God status.

# 7 Have a cuppa

A recent study by the University of Texas showed that men who drink 2-3 cups of Coffee a day are less likely to complain of erectile issues.
Caffeine has properties similar to Erectile Dysfunction drugs like Viagra, says study coauthor Run Wang, M.D.
The stimulant triggers a series of effects that cause the arteries in your penis to relax and your blood flow to increase, both are important for a strong erection (and improve your sexual performance).

#8 Snooze more

A good night’s sleep is so important for overall health. It is also important for sexual health.
In fact it works both ways. Lack of sleep may affect sexual performance and lack of sex may affect sleep.
A good night sleep does improve libido and sex drive while regular sex helps give you a good night sleep.
So make sure you get at least 6-8 hours of quality sleep.

#9 Practice makes perfect

One of the ways to improve sexual performance is by practising it.
Just like any sport, you will only get better with practice.
Do it regularly. Explore more ways to make your partner excited and satisfied. And enjoy it.

#10 Zap it

Recent studies have shown that applying shockwave therapy to the penis (penile rejuvenation) can improve erectile function and improve sexual performance.
Shockwave therapy uses energy from acoustic waves to trigger a process called neovascularisation. This is the formation of new blood vessels. This helps to improve blood flow to the region.
Clinical trials of shockwave therapy have had encouraging results. The process is painless and has no side effects or downtime whatsoever.
Many men have found that their erections have improved. We also found that even if you don’t have erectile dysfunction, this therapy may further enhance the hardness, girth and strength of your erection. This service is available at our Somerset branch. If you like to know more about this drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com

That’s All Folks!


Also, Read:

  1. Weak Erection? Erectile Dysfunction? How to Improve Erection with Pills
  2. Things to do to maintain your penis health
  3. Do I Have HIV Rash? Or Are They Other STD-Related Rashes?
  4. Does Penis Size Matters?
  5. What are the Causes of Abnormal Penile Discharge?

Is Premature Ejaculation a Problem?

Too Fast? Too Slow?

Premature ejaculation or PE occurs when a man reaches orgasm and ejaculates with minimal stimulation or within a very short period of time.
There is no uniform cut-off timing for what constitutes as PE, and in the past, most experts would agree that last less than one minute is a cause for concern.
However, newer guidelines suggest that any man who feels they do not have control over when he ejaculates and that it causes distress to him and his partner can be considered to have premature ejaculation.

Is Premature Ejaculation a Problem?

Of course, Premature Ejaculation is a real problem if:

  • It is causing or arising from inter-personal relationship problems.
  • It is causing or arising from psychological issues like anxiety and depression.
  • It is a sign of hidden erectile dysfunction (ED).
  • It is due to a low serum Testosterone level.
  • It is a sign of an underlying medical disease.
  • It is due to stopping a drug.
  • It is severe enough to affect fertility.

Sometimes premature ejaculation may be caused or worsened by other conditions, such as anxiety and depression, erectile dysfunction, prostatitis and testosterone deficiency.
These conditions will be assessed with a clinical history and may need further investigation if appropriate.

Is there any treatment for Premature Ejaculation?

There are several options for treatment of premature ejaculation, although a combination of certain medication and non-pharmacological treatments often give the best results.

If you think that you or your partner may be suffering from premature ejaculation, please visit our Men’s Clinics for a thorough evaluation and discussion on Premature Ejaculation Treatment options.

Take Care!


Related Read:

  1. STD Risk for Receptive Unprotected Anal Sex in Men
  2. 10 Ways to Improve Sexual Performance for Men
  3. Weak Erection? Erectile Dysfunction? Improv Erection with Pills
  4. Weak Erection: Does Penis Size Matters?
  5. Pearly Penile Papules (Bumps On Penis)
  6. Phimosis – Unusually Tight Foreskin 
  7. An Overview of STD – From an STD Doctor
  8. What are the Signs & Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?
  9. What Causes Men’s Pattern hair loss (Androgenic Alopecia)
  10. Pills That Prevent HIV – HIV PrEP & HIV PEP
  11. What are the Causes of Foreskin Infection?

What Are the Top 7 Reason Men Undergo Circumcision?

Circumcision has always been a hot topic for discussion. Some are against it, and some are for it. One thing for sure is that it has a lot of benefits.
Circumcision is a medical procedure for foreskin removal.
I will be sharing with you the Top 7 Reasons of circumcision so that you can make your own decision if it is something suitable for you.

Better Hygiene

The presence of the foreskin increases moisture and warmth around the penis. And this promotes the collection of smegma which is a combination of shed skin cells, skin oils, and moisture.
When accumulated, it will contribute to a foul odour and leads to poor hygiene.
When circumcised, they won’t be any more space for the smegma to accumulate.
So your penis will have better hygiene and even smell better.

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Reduce Risk of Balanitis


Balanitis is an infection of the penis tip and foreskin. It is most commonly caused by Candida which is a type of yeast.
It’s uncomfortable and irritating and for some people, they get infected multiple times.
When you’re circumcised, you have an almost negligible risk of getting balanitis.
Saves you the trip to the doctors and the money to see one.

Reduce the risk of STDs and HIV

In Africa, adult circumcision is advocated in order to bring down the HIV epidemic.
Some STDs are treatable (see STD treatments) however HIV is not (see HIV Management).
If you can further reduce the risk of contracting this deadly disease, why not?

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Prevent cancer

Circumcision is also associated with a lower risk of getting penile cancer, and reduced risk of cervical cancer in their partners.
You’re not only saving yourself but also your partner. It’s a win-win!

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Less UTIs

Bacteria usually cause UTI’s or urinary tract infection.
Symptoms include painful urination and or blood in the urine. It’s very annoying to have.
Will be quite useful to have one less disease to be worried about.

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Better Sex

Nowadays many women prefer men who are circumcised or cut. There are various reasons for this. Some like the appearance and find it a turn on.
Some love it that it is cleaner and smells better and it makes them feel more comfortable during sex. And of course, when you are circumcised you won’t have pain during intercourse. Which could be due to a tight foreskin or from paraphimosis.
Paraphimosis is a condition where the foreskin gets stuck below the head. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.
Better sex is always a lovely bonus.

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Last longer in bed

With the foreskin removed, the head of the penis will get exposed all the time.
This will lead to keratinisation of the head. Hence it will desensitize it.
When more desensitized, it will help you last longer in bed. And now you’re gonna be a stud in the bedroom.

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That’s All Folks!
If you wish to know more about Adult Circumcision and How is it performed visit our Mens Health Page.


Related Read:

  1. STD Risk for Receptive Unprotected Anal Sex in Men
  2. 10 Ways to Improve Sexual Performance for Men
  3. Weak Erection? Erectile Dysfunction? Improv Erection with Pills
  4. Pearly Penile Papules (Bumps On Penis)
  5. Phimosis – Unusually Tight Foreskin 
  6. An Overview of STD – From an STD Doctor
  7. What are the Signs & Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?
  8. What Causes Men’s Pattern hair loss (Androgenic Alopecia)
  9. Pills That Prevent HIV – HIV PrEP & HIV PEP
  10. What are the Causes of Foreskin Infection?

What are the Cause of Foreskin Infection (Balanitis)?

What is Balanitis?

Balanitis is a common infection that affects the head of the penis and the foreskin.
It is more commonly seen in boys and men who are not circumcised.

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Balanitis?

The Common Symptoms of the infection of the Penis include a sore, itchy and smelly penis, redness and swelling, the build-up of thick fluid around your penis, and pain when peeing.

Phimosis can increase the risk of balanitis.
Some adults may also have a tight foreskin that is unable to be fully retracted. This is called phimosis and can increase the risk of balanitis.

What are the Causes of Balanitis?

Balanitis can be caused by poor hygiene.
This can lead to a build-up of Smegma is a buildup of dead skin cells, oil, and other fluids on the tip of the penis.
If left for prolonged periods it can lead to fungal and bacterial infections.

What are the Treatments of Balanitis?

You should see your doctor if you have persistent swelling, redness or irritation or if you have other accompanying symptoms like penile discharge or painful urination.
In most cases of balanitis are easily treated with good hygiene and creams and ointments recommended by your doctors.
Also, circumcision may be advised in recurrent cases of balanitis.
You can have sex during treatment if your balanitis isn’t caused by an infection.
But if it’s caused by an infection, like an STI or thrush, there’s a risk of passing this on.
Do consult any of our doctors if you are ever unsure of your symptoms so that we can do a proper examination and also to perform any lab tests if necessary.

If you wish to know more about Balanitis, please visit our Men’s clinics or drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com


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  1. Do I Have HIV Rash? Or Are They Other STD-Related Rashes?
  2. Weak Erection? Erectile Dysfunction? How to Improve Erection with Pills
  3. HPV Infection & HPV Vaccination for Men who have sex with Men
  4. STD Risk for Receptive Unprotected Anal Sex in Men
  5. An Overview on STD from an STD Doctor
  6. Everything You Need to Know about Herpes Simplex Virus
  7. How Do I Treat Oral Herpes (Cold Sores)
  8. Syphilis Symptoms – Painless Sore & Ulcers
  9. HIV Symptoms – What You Need to Know

What Causes Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)

What is Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?

It is a very common form of hair loss which can affect up to 50% of men by age 50. It is usually inherited (meaning that your father or mother is likely to have it as well). It can start as early as after puberty in some cases.

What are the causes of Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?

In most cases, it is due to the genes you inherited from either your father or mother or both. Typically, if you are affected by the condition, the hair follicles start to shrink with time under the influence of male hormones.

and then what happens?

As the condition progress, the hair thickness also starts to become thinner and over time, the hair is lost.
In most cases, it starts with the recession of the hairline around the temples and also around the forehead area. Then hair around the top of the head (the crown) also becomes less. In time, the areas of baldness will join together. However, hair at the back of the head is usually not affected in this condition.
See other types of Hair Loss Conditions

Is male pattern hair loss only a cosmetic concern?

No. There are studies that show a link between those affected by the condition to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease (i.e. hypertension, heart attacks, strokes)
Also, it is associated with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, which can cause symptoms like, an increase in frequency to pass urine, waking up multiple times at night to pass urine and as a result affect the quality of your sleep.
In addition, it has been found in studies that men who use anabolic steroids are also associated with increased risk of the condition. Similarly, persons on testosterone replacement therapy for hypogonadism are at increased risk of the condition as well.
Some studies also found that increased levels of DHEA (another sex hormone ) or low levels of SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) which in turn means that there is more free man hormones that your body can use are also associated with the condition as well.
There are also studies to show that there is a link between the condition and prostate cancer. A large Australian study suggests that loss of hair at the top of the head at age 40 may be an early marker of prostate cancer.

What are the available treatments for Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)?

Medical Treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss (Andorgenic Alopecia)

1. Topical Solution for Hair Loss

This Hair loss treatment works by slowing the shrinkage of the hair follicles
The Advantage of using  Topical Solution for Hair Loss

  • Simple to use
  • Apply on hair daily up to twice a day

The Disadvantage of using  Topical Solution for Hair Loss

  • Takes up to 6 months to notice the effect
  • Need to use it on a permanent basis as hair loss resumes after stopping
2. Oral Medication for Hair Loss

This Hair loss Treatment works by blocking the conversion of male hormones to DHT which causes shrinkage of the hair follicles
The Advantage of using Oral Medication for Hair Loss

  • Unlike lotion which only slows the shrinkage of hair follicles, it has been suggested that medication is able to reverse the shrinkage of hair follicles

The Disadvantage of using  Oral Medication for Hair Loss

  • In about 1-2% of men who take the medication, they reported a decrease in sex drive or erectile dysfunction.
  • A decrease in PSA levels which may cause an underestimation of risk of prostate cancer
  • Takes up to 6 months to notice effects
  • Need to use it on a permanent basis as hair loss resumes after stopping
3.) Hair Transplant for Hair Loss

Strips of hair from the back of your head are removed and then individually transplanted to the area of hair loss.
The Advantage of Hair Transplant

  • Can notice effect around 3 months

The Disadvantage of Hair Transplant

  • Downtime (recovery time after hair transplant)
  • Can take up to few hours for the procedure depending on the area that needs to be transplanted
  • Expensive (Average cost > $15,000)
  • Failure of the hair grafts may occur
4.) Regenera Activa for Hair Loss


Similar to hair transplant, hair from the back of the head is removed and then using a specialised machine, hair follicular units are harvested and then injected into the area of hair loss.
The Advantage of Regenera Activa

  • It has been approved by FDA for medical treatment
  • Much smaller area of hair (3 x 2.5 mm) needed to be removed from the back of the head compared to hair transplant
  • Can notice effect around 3 months
  • Faster than hair transplant procedure (generally takes about 30 mins)
  • No downtime
  • Cheaper than hair transplant
  • Last for 18 months to 24 months depending on individuals

Learn more about Regenera Activa Hair Loss Treatment.
Regenera Activa Male Pattern Hair Loss is only available in the following 4 Branches:

  • Dr Tan & Partners @Novena   (+65 6397 2095)
  • Dr Tan & Partners @DUO Galleria (+65 6976 5023)
  • Dr Tan & Partners @Siglap (+65 6962 2144)
  • Dr Tan & Partners @Holland V (+65 6235 1339)

If you think you may have male pattern hair loss, please speak to any of our friendly doctors at any of our clinics to discuss further, or Drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com

Top 7 Myths and Facts about Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction is a condition where you have difficulty or inability to get an erection or sustain one.
Even though more and more men are coming out to seek help on this issue, there are still many myths that are still circulating out there about this condition.

Here I would try to address the 7 myths that men have about Erectile Dysfunction.

#1: Only affects older men.

Many men think that one only gets Erectile Dysfunction when they’re old or above a certain age.
I have met many patients below the age of 40 years old who are affected by Erectile Dysfunction.
So if you suspect you might have Erectile Dysfunction, do speak to your Doctor or come to see any of our doctors to find out if you are suffering from ED.

#2:  It’s a normal part of ageing.

For those above 50 and start to experience symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction, you should seek help.
Yes, it’s true that older age is more associated with Erectile Dysfunction, however, you should not just accept it and not do anything about it.
It is not a normal part of ageing.
It is treatable.
See a doctor and speak to him.
You will be amazed at how much your life will change when you get treated for Erectile Dysfunction.

#3:  When you’re married so long, it’s normal.

Some men think that it’s maybe due to loss of interest or attraction towards their wife with whom they’ve been married to half of their life.
There are many couples who have fulfilling sex lives even long into their twilight years.
It is possible to still have that spark with your wife despite being married for a long time.
So if you are losing your erection, speak to a doctor about your symptoms.

#4: I don’t want to be addicted to the blue pill.

One of the main treatments for Erectile Dysfunction is the oral medication (eg. Viagra)  that helps increase blood flow towards the penis.
Many men worry that they become dependent or ‘addicted’ to take it.
This is wrong.
There is no addiction or dependence to the medication.
Speak to your doctor to find out how you can be treated properly for your ED.

#5:  The only treatment is the blue pill.

ED is most commonly treated by giving oral medications called PDE5 inhibitors.
There are several versions of this erectile dysfunction medication.
If one is not suitable for you, your doctor may suggest others.
When you see your doctor, he will perform an assessment and based on that, he will advise the appropriate treatment for you.

#6: There is no treatment other than pills

There are men who are unable to tolerate PDE5 inhibitor pills.
For them, there are other alternatives like injections or Electro ShockWave Therapy (ESWT).
Do speak to any of our doctors to find out which type of treatment is suitable for you.

#7: ED is just a sexual issue, not a medical problem.

ED is mainly a personal issue.
However, certain medical conditions like diabetes may also give rise to ED.
So don’t take this condition too lightly.
It is best to discuss with your doctor so that he can help you do the necessary assessment and tests to see if you might have other underlying conditions.

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