Resource: Sexual Health Information in Singapore

Posted On: July 7, 2017

Here are general and sexual health information specific to Singapore.

Sexual Health Information

SAFE(R) SEX

To reduce the risk of pregnancy:

  • IUDs (intrauterine devices)
  • Diaphragms
  • Birth control pills
  • Oral sex
  • Anal sex
  • Sterilisation
  • Mutual masturbation

To reduce the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs):

  • Condoms
  • Gloves
  • Dental dams

Do You Have Consent?

Consent refers to the willing agreement of all parties to the activity under consideration

  • There is no consent if the person doesn’t understand the nature of the act if under the influence of drinks or drugs.
  • Consent must be given for each sexual activity, every time.
  • Consent can be given or withdrawn at any stage, either verbally or non verbally.

Condoms 101

Correct Condom Usage

  • Get one in the right size
  • Check for expiry or damage
  • Put on before any penile-vaginal penetration
  • Put on with clean hands
  • Unwrap it carefully
  • Unroll a little to ensure it’s the right way around
  • Leave space for semen
  • Apply enough lube on the unrolled condom, but not too much before unrolling
  • Remove carefully upon withdrawal by holding the rim at the base of the penis

Common Condom Mistakes

  • Late application/premature removal
  • Unrolling before putting it on
  • Not leaving space at the top or not rolling down the whole day
  • Failing to remove
  • Exposure to sharp objects
  • No/wrong lubrication
  • Condoms in the wrong size
  • Inside-out: putting it on the wrong way and then trying again with the same condom
  • Wearing two condoms believing it will result in double protection

Emergency Contraception

Worried about falling pregnant after an unsafe sexual encounter? Emergency contraception, or the “”morning after pill”, can help you to prevent pregnancy. It contains a hormone called Levonorgestrel. In Singapore, this medicine is sold under the name “Postinor-2”.

How does it work? –  Postinor 2 is a series of 2 tablets. The first is taken as soon as possible (up to 72 hours) after the sexual encounter. The second tablet is taken 12 hours later. Emergency contraception works by delaying ovulation.

How effective is it?  – The earlier you take emergency contraception, the more effective it will be. If taken within first 24 hours, it is 95% effective in preventing pregnancy. If taken at 25 – 48 hours, it prevents 85% of pregnancy. After 48 hours, it prevents 58% of pregnancies. Hence, you’d want to visit the doctor as soon as possible if this happens to you!

What are the side effects? – The most common side effects of emergency contraception are abdominal discomfort, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. Some users also report other symptoms such as headache, giddiness diarrhoea, and breast tenderness. Abnormal bleeding such as spotting between periods can occur, and your period might be early, delayed or abnormally heavy.

What are the alternatives? – An intrauterine device (IUD) is an alternative option for emergency contraception. If inserted within 5-7 days of the sexual encounter, the copper IUD is >99% effective in preventing pregnancy. An additional benefit is that it provides continued contraception for up to 5 years after insertion. Another alternative for women who seek medical attention later than 72 hours, but within 5 days of sexual intercourse is a medication called Ella. Ella contains a progesterone-like compound, ulipristal, and is more effective than Postinor in preventing pregnancy.

Emergency contraception is not 100% effective. If your period is delayed by more than 3 weeks, get a pregnancy test done. And remember, emergency contraception is only useful in preventing pregnancy. It is not effective in protecting against STIs.

Sexual Health

Regardless of whether you are sexually active, this information has been made available for everyone in the interest of individual and community health, safety, and well being.

DSC Clinic STI
Queries and Counselling
DSC (or Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control) Clinic is a specialist outpatient clinic for the diagnosis, treatment and control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Singapore. Our mission is to be the national and regional referral centre of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections. We are committed to provide cost-effective and specialized care of STI/STDs in a setting of intensive medical research, quality education and patient safety.
Contact: 1800 252 1324
Office hours: 8.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 5.00pm (Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays)

Sexual Assault Care Centre (AWARE)
Women’s Action is a memory project that documents and celebrates the history of the women’s movement in an independent Singapore. Launched in the year of the country’s fiftieth anniversary, the website covers the Singapore woman’s history through ten themes – presenting the women’s movement as a multi-faceted journey that has affected Singaporean women in many aspects of our daily lives. The interweaving of certain events and milestones across the ten themes is also testament to the many ways in which women’s issues cannot be separated from the rest of society, and how we are always connected in our journey.
Contact: (65) 6779 0282
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am to midnight

Action for AIDS (AFA) STI Queries and Counselling
AFA is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to fighting AIDS/HIV infection in Singapore. It draws upon a network of healthcare professionals, advocates, educators and volunteers, to implement educational, testing, treatment and welfare programmes.
Contact: 6254 0212
Office hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays, excluding Holidays)

DSC Clinic
DSC (or Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control) Clinic is a specialist outpatient clinic for the diagnosis, treatment and control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Singapore. Our mission is to be the national and regional referral centre of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections. We are committed to provide cost-effective and specialized care of STI/STDs in a setting of intensive medical research, quality education and patient safety.
Contact: 1800 252 1324
Office hours: 8.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 5.00pm (Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays)

Health Services

NUH emergency
As a healthcare institution, we are constantly striving to improve patient outcomes and be the best place to give and receive care. The milestones that we have achieved, both clinical and non-clinical, are a reflection of our efforts.

Address: 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074

Contact: (65) 6772 5000

24/7 (walk-in)

Women’s Health
NUH Women’s Clinic
Dedicated in meeting the healthcare needs of women, the Women’s Health is another clinic under the NUH Women’s Clinic cluster that is brought closer to the residents in the community. With a team of dedicated specialists and staff, patients residing in the west can enjoy the same high standards of care and treatment for all their obstetrics & gynaecological needs, right at their doorstep. The NUH Women’s Clinic offers a convenient, one-stop service for patients – from consultation, to investigations and to the collection of medication, all at a single location.

Address: 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074

Contact: (65) 6772 2255/2277

Open 24 hours

KK Women’s Hospital
At KK Women’s Hospital, much of our attention is dedicated to the growing medical needs of today’s women to provide the best care possible. In this regard, we look beyond the patient’s immediate medical needs by providing holistic and seamless integrated care. We have set up one-stop centres to provide comprehensive services under one roof. The services range from diagnosis to treatment, and even emotional and psychological support.

Address: 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899

Contact: (65) 6225 5554 – 24/7 (main line)

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Saturday, 8.30am – 1.00pm; (Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays)

Compiled by Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee decided to take it upon herself to right this societal injustice in 2007. She set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality, then launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and is currently pursuing her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling. In practice for more than seven years, she is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.

Often cited in the local media, Dr. Lee is the appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the host of weekly radio show Eros Evolution on the OMTimes Radio Network. She has published two books: Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and Orgasmic Yoga.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

GET SEX TIPS STRAIGHT IN YOUR MAILBOX!

Comments

comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to your FREE Eros Insider