Primary care services by a gynaecologist in Singapore like Advanced Centre for Reproductive Medicine – Gynaecology, Fertility & Urogynaecology include a broad spectrum of preventive health screenings that allow early detection and treatment of conditions that may lead to serious illness or death if left undiagnosed or untreated.
They also provide diagnosis and management for healthcare issues such as allergies, chronic infections, coagulation problems, substance abuse disorders, mental health disorders, etc. In addition, a gynaecologist can help you detect abnormalities in a women’s reproductive system so that proper treatment can be sought from relevant specialists before it becomes more complicated or potentially dangerous.
Cost of Seeing a Gynaecologist in Singapore
A relatively common question we get from patients inquiring about gynaecologist services is how much it costs to see a gynaecologist in Singapore. If this question has also been bothering you, then you’re on the right page.
To begin with, the cost of seeing a gynaecologist in Singapore isn’t fixed but can vary depending on the type and complexity of your condition. On average, you can expect to pay around $100 to $300 for a single visit, but the range depends on the clinic, type of appointment, and additional costs involved.
Breakdown of the Additional Services
In addition to the doctor’s fees, there are some other potential expenses that may be incurred when seeing a gynaecologist. These include:
- Laboratory investigations such as Pap smear and vaginal swabs
- Specialist consultation with another doctor for more information or specialist treatment; and
- Ultrasound which is an imaging technique utilising high-frequency sound waves to create images of structures within the body. The ultrasound cost is quite variable but can range from around $50 to $300 or more depending on the clinic. In most cases, expect to pay around $100 – $200.
- Surgery. Surgical procedures carried out by your gynaecologist which varies in prices depending upon the type of surgery.
When Should I see a Gynaecologist?
It is not compulsory to see a gynaecologist in Singapore. However, you should make a point to see one if any of the following symptoms persist for more than seven days:
- Vaginal discharge: Abnormal vaginal bleeding (during periods, after sex or between periods) or just unusual vaginal discharge
- Itchy, smelly vagina
- Burning sensation when urinating or if you experience
- Persistent pain in the abdomen area
Besides the symptoms mentioned above, there are other common reasons women decide to visit their gynaecologists. These include contraception, pregnancy testing, and the treatment of menstrual problems.
While you can undergo urine tests for pregnancy at home, your doctor will be able to conduct an ultrasound on you if required. You may also decide to visit a gynaecologist if you are unsure about an unusual symptom.
7 Things to Discuss with Your Gynaecologist
When seeing a gynaecologist for the first time, you may experience a bit of anxiety and even feel find it hard to cave in. This is normal but it really shouldn’t be the case since the gynaecologist is there to help you with any female sexual or reproductive issues that could be troubling you.
There are several health screenings you should talk about during the visit. These include:
- Immunisations: Discuss with your doctor if you need any vaccinations such as MMR (for measles, mumps, and rubella) or the chickenpox vaccine, etc.
- Blood pressure: This is an important warning sign of potential heart problems
- Blood, sugar levels: Check this regularly if you have symptoms of diabetes, pre-diabetes or if you are overweight/obese
- Cholesterol levels: Monitor closely as high cholesterol can increase your risk of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease
- Cervical cancer screening: Routine screening for abnormal cells on your cervix
- Pelvic exam: This helps your doctor to know if there are any abnormalities on the pelvic floor, uterus, and ovaries; and
- The Pap test: A screening for cell changes in your cervix that may cause cancer. If you’re over the age of 20, it is best to have a pap smear at least once every three years. However, it’s important that you visit your gynaecologist as soon as possible if you experience any abnormal vaginal bleeding or suspect that you might be pregnant.
It’s also worth noting that women receiving hormonal contraception methods such as contraceptive pills should consider having their first pap smear at least three years after commencing use of contraceptives to ensure they can detect pre-malignant changes in the cervix. Finally, it is important to discuss any family medical history with your gynaecologist, including maternal and paternal cancer risk factors such as mother’s age at menopause, maternal use of fertility medications, and paternal smoking habits.
Additionally, some questions that you can ask your gynaecologist include:
- What type of birth control is best for me (if applicable)?
- Should I consider having a tubal ligation?
- How do I know if my contraception method has failed?
- How can I avoid getting pregnant?; and
- Can you help me get pregnant (if applicable)?
Frequently Asked Questions at the Gynaecologist Clinic
Before we get into the FAQs, one of the most common questions that trouble some women is if the gynaecologist will know if they had sex. Now, your gynaecologist in Singapore will not really know if you had sex unless it’s very recent like 24 hours before the appointment and it was unprotected sex.
Nonetheless, you should not have sex if your gynaecologist advised you against any sexual activity because there is some chance that it may interfere with the results of your exams depending on what the doctor may have wanted to check for during the appointment. Here are the top FAQs on visiting a gynaecologist that may interest you:
- Q: How often should I see a gynaecologist?
- A: The number of times you should see your gynaecologist in Singapore will vary significantly depending on factors like your age and risk factors to some diseases. On average, you may need to visit your gynaecologist every one year, three years or any other year. If you are 21 years and above though, it is generally agreed that you should have a gynaecological exam at least once every year.
- Q: What is the difference between a general practitioner and a gynaecologist?
- A: A general practitioner, or GP, treats acute illnesses while a gynaecologist treats problems involving the female reproductive system. Additionally, GPs do not prescribe contraceptives or insert intrauterine devices (IUDs), whereas many gynaecologists are also trained to treat these conditions.
- Q: Are there any age restrictions on seeing an ob-gyn?
- A: There are no age restrictions for visiting your ob-gyn unless you have some pre-existing medical conditions that would require more attention than usual. This includes women who may be pregnant since they need to see their doctors regularly during this time period to ensure the health of both mother and foetus.
- Q: How do I know if my symptoms are severe enough to see a gynaecologist?
- A: If you have some of the common symptoms mentioned previously, it’s best to get yourself checked by your doctor. Most of these are not life-threatening but can be severe enough to seek professional help. Similarly, any abnormal changes in your vaginal discharge should warrant a trip to the clinic.
Advanced Centre for Reproductive Medicine – OBGYN, Gynaecologist, Fertility & Urogynaecology
6A Napier Rd, #05-35, Singapore 258500