Have you ever been too embarrassed to talk about the concerns and problems you have ‘down there’? We know it can be uncomfortable sometimes, but you sure don’t have to feel that way. In this article, we’ll show you some common topics that you can consult our doctors for, and they’ll be sure to address your issue and keep your mind at ease.
1. Menstrual pain can affect your productivity
That time of the month again? Don’t suffer in silence. Menstrual pain or cramps usually occur at the start of your period and lasts for around one to two days. However, for some, the pain can last longer. Menstrual pain affects 68% of Singaporean women’s ability to work, but only 33% ever voice it out to their employers. There are remedies and medications to ease the pain, which at times, can be unbearable, and these treatments can be obtained through a consultation with a doctor.
2. The pill is an effective birth control method
Besides condoms, more than 50% of Singaporean women are not familiar with other kinds of safe contraceptives. The pill is one effective form of birth control, and it can also help to regulate the menstrual cycle and acne. Consult a doctor about birth control, and don’t be afraid to use other alternatives, if recommended by the doctor.
3. Infections ‘down there’ can be quite common
Bacterial or fungal vaginal infections are common in females; some examples include yeast infections or urinary tract infections. These infections can be painful or uncomfortable and can cause symptoms such as itching, discharge, swelling or spotting. Up to 3 out of 4 women have yeast infections during their lifetime, some even more than others. Don’t worry, these infections are treatable if you seek medical help early.
4. Some STDs can be treated
Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and genital warts are the top three STDs in Singapore, in that order, and they are treatable. Some of these infections are silent, which means that its associated symptoms may not show until it’s too late. Other STDs may cause pain while urinating, abnormal discharge, sores and ulcers or bleeding. Don’t wait till it’s too late if you are sexually active, get checked early!
5. Women are at risk of HPV-related conditions and cancers
1 in 10 women in Singapore are infected by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It’s a sexually transmitted infection that spreads via skin contact, and persistent infections can cause symptoms such as genital warts and cancers. HPV vaccination can prevent you from getting infected with the virus, and regular pap smears can help you detect HPV infections and cervical cancer.