A “gynae” is a commonly used short term for a gynaecologist or doctors who specialize in a wide range of issues regarding female reproductive health such as:
- Menstruation issues
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Fertility concerns
- Hormonal disorders
- Sexually transmitted disease treatment and prevention
- Family planning
How does one become a gynaecologist in Singapore?
To become a gynaecologist, one must undergo additional years of postgraduate training and must pass examinations administered by a certified examining body. To practice as a gynaecologist in Singapore, gynaes are required to be registered with the Specialist Accreditation Board of Singapore.
When should you see a gynae?
- Onset of puberty
It is usually recommended that girls as early as the age of 13-15 start to visit a gynae. At this age, girls start to develop changes in their body and menstruation can begin. During this time, a gynae can give a proper explanation about these changes so a young girl can have a good understanding of her over-all reproductive health. This is also a good time to get vaccinated for HPV, a group of viruses that causes cervical cancer. Building a good relationship with a gynae early in puberty also provides a point of contact in case you experience symptoms in the future.
- Menstrual Problems
When you encounter symptoms related to menstrual problems like severe pain during period, irregular cycles and periods that are heavier or lighter than usual, better see a gynae as soon as you can as these symptoms can be indications of underlying reproductive problems.
- Planning to get pregnant
When you finally decide to conceive a child, it is best to schedule a pre-pregnancy check-up with your gynae. In a pre-pregnancy check-up, your gynae will be able to address potential risks and ensure that you are in your healthiest state to conceive a baby. During this check-up, a series of diagnostic tests and exams will be performed by your gynae. Women at an older age but wish to become pregnant will also greatly benefit from a pre-pregnancy check-up.
- Pregnancy Journey
Once you find out that you are pregnant through an over-the-counter pregnancy test kit, you will need to see a gynae to verify the exciting news. To do this, your gynae in Singapore will require you to get either one of the following to confirm a positive pregnancy:
- Urine test
- Blood test
If the results confirm that you are truly pregnant, you gynae will become a part of your pregnancy journey from that point on will make sure that you have a safe delivery and a healthy baby. After giving birth, you ‘ll still have to see your gynae to make sure to keep track of your health, as well as your baby’s.
- Menopausal Age
Typically, menopause sets in your late 40’s to early 50’s. Menopause can have symptoms and can sometimes be hard to manage. During this stage of your reproductive life, a gynae can help you overcome the symptoms and have a more manageable menopausal phase. In addition, after menopause, women can have higher risks of developing cancer like ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Having a regular visit to your gynae even after menopause can help in early detection of these serious medical conditions.
- Sexually Active
If you are sexually active, it is recommended that you visit a gynae regularly. During routine consultations, your gynae performs a gynae exam to check changes in your reproductive system. With regular visits to your gynae, you can be more aware of birth control methods and protection from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Once you become sexually active, you become more prone to develop cervical cancer and your gynae can perform a Pap smear once every three years to test for early signs of cervical cancer.
- Infertility Issues
If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a long time now, and still unable to get pregnant, then it is recommended that you see a gynae so he/she can determine the reasons why you are having difficulties in conceiving. Your gynae can also refer you to an infertility specialist to have an expert help you with your or your partner’s infertility issues.
What to expect during a visit to the gynae’s clinic?
- Check for your medical history
During your visit, especially if it’s your first time, your doctor will ask questions relating to your reproductive health. During this time, it is important that you let your gynae know about past and current reproductive issues that you have had or experiencing as this information will greatly help your gynae have a better understanding of your condition.
- A series of tests and screenings
Your gynae may perform a series of tests and screenings to assess your over-all reproductive health and determine possible risks. These tests may include:
- Pelvic exam
- Vital signs of reading
- Pap smear
- Blood tests
- Fertility Tests
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Physical exams for abdomen, breast and other reproductive organs
How much does it cost to see a gynae in Singapore?
A visit to a private gynae in Singapore like Dr PK Tan from PK Women Clinic will cost at least S$250 – S$350 and the cost for consultation at public hospitals may cost less depending on the hospital, so better check out the consultation prices of hospitals near your area if you prefer this option.
In addition, during a visit to a gynae, pelvic exams and other tests may be required by your gynae. Ultrasound scan, blood tests and other additional diagnostic tests can cost from $150 – $350 so you should also consider the cost for these tests when planning to visit a gynae. Some gynaes have consultation packages that can cater to your specific need, so it is also recommended that you ask your gynae if they offer this option.
Source: PK Women’s Specialist Clinic
Address: 2,Tai Thong Crescent, #01-12. The Venue Shoppes., 347836
Phone: +65 6636 9909