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  • Emergency Contraception

    I had sex with my husband the other day. The condom was torn. I was worried as I did not intend to get pregnant. My family doctor gave me a pill to take the next day. He told me it was for emergency contraception. How......

  • Contraceptive Pills

    To understand how oral contraceptive pill works, one has to understand how pregnancy comes about. Normally a woman becomes pregnant when an egg released from the ovary (ovulation) is fertilized by a man’s sperm during sexual intercourse. The fertilized egg then moves along the fallopian......

  • Condom

    A condom can only reduce the risk of HIV transmission, but cannot eliminate that risk. An authoritative study in the US released in July 2001 showed that correct and consistent use of condoms was only 85% effective in preventing the transmission of HIV. This means......

  • Female Condom

    Like male condoms, a female condom is one of the barrier methods of contraception. It is a lubricated polyurethane (a thin, soft, odourless, plastic) tube; about 6.5 inches long and has a flexible ring at each end of the sheath. The inner ring at the......

  • Hormonal Injection Birth Control

    Hormonal injection for birth control works by suppressing the egg from coming out of the ovary every month (ovulation). Protection begins immediately after the first shot if given during a menstrual period. They are 99% effective in preventing birth. However, it is not recommended for......

  • Morning-after Pill (MAP)

    The Morning-after pill is a hormonal method of emergency contraception which aims to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. It is usually used when a condom breaks or after a sexual assault. Timing is a critical factor for the effective use of MAP. Depending on......

  • Recent Birth Control Methods

    Vagina Ring Vaginal ring is a new birth control method for women. It is a small flexible contraceptive ring, containing the same hormones as birth control pills. It is inserted manually into the vagina, where it is left for three weeks. A continuous, low dose......

  • Tubal Ligation

    “Tie the tubes” or tubal ligation is a procedure in which the female is sterilized. It is an operation that severs the fallopian tubes; this means the egg can no longer be fertilized by the sperm through sexual intercourse. In Singapore, the procedure is usually......

  • Vasectomy

    Male sterilization, or vasectomy, is a surgical procedure that involves cutting and tying the tubes called vas deferens that carry sperm from the testicles to the seminal vesicles (store room for the sperm) behind the urinary bladder. Vasectomy is usually done under local anaesthesia. A......

  • Choosing a right method of contraception -Intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD)

    Choosing a right method of contraception is important for women who have completed the family. The choice would depend on the needs and the physical conditions of the couple as well as the efficacy and safety of the method. Intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD) is a......

  • Puberty

    Puberty starts when extra amounts of chemicals called hormones start to be produced in the body. These hormones cause physical and emotional changes in the body. The table below summarizes the physical events at each stage of development. The changes associated with puberty generally occur......

  • Teenage Sexuality

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  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is one of the common sexually transmitted diseases in Singapore. The infection is easily spread due to lack of visible symptoms and therefore unknowingly passed to sexual partners. In fact, as many as 85% of infections in women and 40% in men are without......

  • Genital Wart

    A genital wart is a growth that appears on the skin around the vulva and the anus. It may be a small, flat little lump, or a big growth that looks like cauliflower. It is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus called human......

  • Post-abortion Difficulties

    This checklist is designed to help you determine if you are suffering from post-abortion difficulties. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, do call us and let our counsellors help you overcome your difficulties. Has abortion changed the way you look at yourself?......