Family Planning and Birth Control

Family Planning and Birth Control provides couples with many types of contraception available, each with its set of advantages and disadvantages. Family planning services were introduced in Singapore after the Singapore Family Planning Association (SFPA) was established in the late 1940’s. Contraception has been made legal in the country, however a prescription is required, and it is only available to women over 16 years of age.

Here are the following birth control options available in Singapore:

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Birth Control Pill. This is a contraceptive pill that has to be taken the same time everyday for it to be effective. It prevents the release of eggs from the ovaries. The effects are reversible and it also provides other benefits such as, less menstrual cramps, regular periods, acne management, and risk reduction of ovarian and endometrial cancer.
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Contraceptive Injection. This is an injection administered into the buttocks or the arms three monthly to prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. This is also known to reduce the risk of developing endometrial cancer.
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Intra-Uterine Device (IUD). A T-shaped plastic device that is wrapped in copper and inserted into the uterus by a doctor. It offers long-term protection and it is reversible. There is also a IUD with slow releasing hormone called a Mirena. Apart from contraception this device offers relief from heavy painful periods and treat endometriosis and abnormal endometrial thickening (hyperplasia).

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Spermicide. This is a chemical agent that it inserted into the vagina a few hours before intercourse to disable the sperms. Its effectiveness is increased when used together with a condom.
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Sterilisation. This is a minor surgery where the fallopian tube is blocked to prevent the eggs from travelling to the uterus.
One birth control option may be more appropriate for you than the other. Get professional advice in choosing the measures that are safe and most suitable for you when family planning. Book your appointment with Dr. Pamela Tan today.