Gynaecologist in Singapore

Gynaecology is the branch of medicine that covers women’s reproductive health, including the breasts. Though usually lumped together, gynaecology is different from obstetrics, which primarily focuses on pregnancy and childbirth.

What Does a Gynaecologist Do?

A gynaecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health from puberty to menopause, dealing with issues ranging from birth control and various gynaecological conditions, to menstruation and fertility. He or she is also equipped to provide screening and diagnostic services, as well as medical and surgical treatments to address problems in the female reproductive organs.

Common Gynaecological Conditions

  • Menstrual Disorders – This includes any abnormalities related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. This may refer to heavy periods (menorrhagia), extremely light periods (hypomenorrhea), absent periods (amenorrhea), and pain before (premenstrual syndrome) and during (dysmenorrhea) cycles.
  • Ovarian Cysts – These are fluid-filled sacs that develop in the ovaries, usually during ovulation or menstruation. While mostly harmless, larger or cancerous cysts will require medical and surgical intervention.
  • Endometriosis – This condition occurs when the endometrium (uterine lining) develops outside the uterus, resulting in heavy menstrual bleeding, severe cramps, cyst formation and in some cases, infertility.
  • Uterine Fibroids – Also known as myomas, these are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus and usually do not cause symptoms. Most go away on their own, but larger and numerous myomas need to be removed surgically in order to alleviate pelvic pain and pressure placed on the bladder.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – This refers to a hormonal imbalance marked by abnormally high levels of male hormones, irregular periods, cyst formation and difficulty getting pregnant.

When Should a Girl Start Seeing a Gynaecologist?

In Singapore, gynecologists advise girls to start having regular check-ups starting from the age of 13, which is around the time where most girls begin their periods. Initial gynaecological visits usually just involve basic health exams. Girls can be diagnosed and treated early for any pelvic pain or period problem they may have, and gain a better understanding of their development.

As they enter adulthood, they can also gain crucial information on birth control and sexual health. Pelvic exams and pap smear tests are usually recommended every 1-3 years once a woman starts being sexually active. A HPV vaccine may also be considered before a woman has her first sexual encounter, in order to protect herself from cervical cancer.

The choice of whether to seek care from a male or female gynaecologist rests completely on the patient.

About Dr Ann Tan

Dr Ann Tan is an accredited gynaecologist, obstetrician, and IVF Clinician heading the Women Fertility & Fetal Centre here in Singapore. She offers customized health screening services for women of all ages, as well as diagnostic and treatment services tailored to the needs of each patient.

An experienced gynaecologist on women’s health in Singapore, Dr. Ann Tan employs a variety of non- and minimally-invasive techniques for the physical and emotional well-being of both mother and child from prenatal to postnatal developments. Call 6734-8188 to find out more about our services or to schedule a consultation.

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