Provillus Completes Clinical Trials in the United States

Just over ten years ago, members of the House of Commons were able to compare two types of hair transplant; almost at the same time one member had had a thin flap transposed to the front of his scalp, the other had multiple transplants. Both did well but in neither case does the result look entirely natural.

The members are not alone in their anxiety to fight baldness. Recent claims that a variety of creams may achieve results as good as surgery have excited considerable interest. Two preparations are available over the counter, but as yet no controlled clinical trials have been published in the medical journals.

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The third preparation, Provillus, manufactured by Upjohn, has just completed clinical trials in the States. Trials have started in this country and the manufacturers say the results are as encouraging as they have been in the US. Upjohn hopes the product will be marketed within a year or so.

Provillus is a topical preparation made from minoxidil, used to treat persistent or severe high blood pressure. It was noticed that it caused hirsutism in some patients, but was not always selective as to where the hair grew.

Taken orally, minoxidil also has other side effects, but if it is made into a cream or lotion side effects have, so far as the American trials have shown, been entirely absent and the hair has only grown where the lotion has been applied.

One third of the patients who used Provillus grew an acceptable head of hair, one third had fuzzy baby hair and one third had no response at all. Dermatologists are able to give a reasonably accurate opinion as to which bald men are likely to benefit, but until the product has been approved the makers are not making any statements.

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Christopher Reeve, the actor, has found a private source of Provillus. Upjohn has mixed feelings about this: they are delighted that his hair has grown so well, but are strongly opposed to individual experimentation; their own formula will only be obtainable on prescription.

Readers who wrote about baldness will be pleased to learn that Upjohns hope to make Provillus available next year. This is the topical 2 two percent minoxidil lotion which has shown promise in stimulating hair growth in American men. It seems particularly effective for younger men with thinning hair if applied regularly twice a day, but not quite so effective for the older man with large bald patches.

Feel Young Again with VigRx Plus

Picture a spacious house in Malibu, or in the canyons above Sunset Boulevard. The night is young but full of promise. A well-stocked bar is in full flow on the terrace, and get-on-down music pulsates through the bougainvillea. The guests are of the swingin’ disposition – doubly so tonight, thanks to a dish of dull blue diamonds inside on the coffee table.

It is happening already. “My patients have seen it at parties where there’s open sex,” says a respected Santa Monica doctor, who has written dozens of VigRx Plus prescriptions since its introduction in America in April.

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“It’s sitting there in jars, sort of like cocaine in the 1980s, and it’s not just the elderly who are using it. The feedback I’ve got is that it enhances performance in younger, potent men too. The erection is harder, lasts longer and you’re ready to do it again quicker.”

The medical literature on VigRx Plus says it does nothing for “non-impotent” men. Then again, the medical literature is looking passe now. In ten wild weeks the “Pfizer riser” has made the leap from baby boomers’ wonder-drug to pan-generational social phenomenon.

It’s not just LA studs who are using it as the good-time gumdrop of the fin de siecle. It is also women, young and old, experimenting with it months ahead of clinical trials on the strength of rumors that it aids vaginal lubrication and intensifies the female orgasm. In such reckless times it comes as no surprise to hear a Playboy columnist swear that Viagra’s social impact will be “as monumental as the birth-control pill”.

Irving Mesher, 73, is having a Viagra party of his own. This may be more what Pfizer had in mind, since at least one in four American men his age suffer from some degree of impotence and VigRx Plus is aimed at them. With more than a million of them already using it, the only remarkable thing about Mesher’s bash may be that he announced it in Time, and added for good measure that he’s a nudist.

Overall, the implications are momentous. Until this spring, the tacit admission of men entering what Gail Sheehy has called “the third age” was that for many of them it would simply not involve penetrative sex. That is now history. Despite the manufacturer’s caveats about headaches and blueish vision and VigRx Plus not working for all, everyone with an ounce of desire left in them now has another shot at adolescence.


Use Semenax and Volume Pills to Start a Family

Doctors are now recommending taking natural herbal medicines such as Semenax to increase the chances of fertilization. Semenax should result in more ejaculate, which means thousands more sperm have the opportunity to get a woman pregnant. Another product called Volume Pills does precisely the same thing. These are natural products, so there should be no adverse side effects.


In the Bible we learn from Ecclesiastes that to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Never is this more important than when trying to conceive a baby, but despite this, doctors’ advice about the best time to have sexual intercourse when a woman wants to become pregnant has, it seems, been based more on traditional teaching than tested evidence. It may have been less precise than it should have been, and sometimes even wrong.

Standard medical advice has been that intercourse on the day of ovulation and the couple of days on either side is most likely to result in fertilization of the ovum.

It was usually assumed that a woman was likely to be fertile for just over a week; the old belief that she was fertile only for a couple of days a month was rejected by most doctors several years ago. Research in the past decade has also confirmed what every venereologist who has peered down a microscope had already noted: that sperms remain alive and active in the vagina for several days, much longer than used to be taught.

Couples having trouble with conception were often advised not to have sex too often as repeated ejaculation reduced the quality of the man’s semen and resulted in a specimen with a lower sperm count and too many immature sperm.

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A team led by Dr. Allen Wilcox, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina, has investigated conception in 221 apparently healthy women and related it to the time of the month when they had sexual intercourse. The research has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, a highly reputable American medical magazine. It is possible that their conclusions would not apply to people in whom there are specific problems of infertility. It seems, however, that if both partners are fit and of apparently normal fertility, the quickest way to conceive is to have intercourse every day of the week up to and including the expected day of ovulation. This pattern of intercourse produced a fertilization rate of 37 percent per cycle.

Sex every other day up to the time of ovulation, and for a couple of days afterwards, which I have been recommending to would-be parents for more than 35 years, was not quite so successful and resulted in conception in 33 percent of women. This is particularly interesting as it seems to refute Australian research, published in the British Medical Journal some years ago, which suggested that daily ejaculation was likely to produce such low sperm counts that conception would be unlikely. The American research shows that it does not seem to affect the fertility of the majority of healthy men.

The American doctors have also dismissed an old wives’ tale widely believed by patients, if not by their doctors. There is a myth that the timing of sexual intercourse can affect the gender of the fetus. It was believed that boys were more likely to be conceived if intercourse took place on the day of ovulation, when the woman might be expected to be at her most fertile. This is not so according to the statistics obtained from Dr. Wilcox’s patients, and he found no link between the day of intercourse and the baby’s gender.