The female body is a wonderful, complex machine. To maintain it, you might want to visit a women’s clinic or gynaecologist where you can see a doctor specially trained in female health and diseases related to women, particularly to the reproductive system.
But how are these different from regular GPs? What can you get done at a women’s clinic that you can’t at a regular clinic – and also, is there a big difference in how much you pay? Here’s a price guide to 5 women’s clinics in Singapore.
DSC Clinic (31 Kelantan Lane)
The DSC Clinic (DSC = Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control) is a specialist outpatient clinic for the diagnosis, treatment and control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Funded by the Ministry of Health (MOH), it is a public institution.
The clinic specialises in sexual health issues of youths and adults. So, it isn’t solely a women’s clinic though it has a Women’s Clinic that offers:
- Comprehensive screening
- Effective treatment of STIs
- Management of other genital conditions
- Vaccinations for Hepatitis B, HPV and cervical cancer
- Pap smear
- Confidential counselling
Here’s a price list for their services:
|STI tests||$6.30 – $37.30|
|HIV tests||$10.20 – $20|
|HPV vaccine (Gardasil 4)||$285 (full course)|
|Hep B vaccine (Gardasil 9)||$570 (full course)|
|Hep B vaccine||$84 (full course)|
|Average bill (first visit)||$100 – $140|
6293 9648 (appointment)
6295 2944 (health info hotline)
1800 252 1324 (confidential counselling)
31 Kelantan Lane (1st and 2nd storey)
Singapore Women’s Clinic (821 Tampines St 81)
Dr Loke Kah Leong has been running the Singapore Women’s Clinic in Tampines since 1991. He also practices at Parkway East Hospital and Mount Alvernia Hospital. Dr Loke’s patients speak positively of his manner with them, his skills and the friendliness of his staff at the clinic.
- General women’s health (ultrasound, Pap smear, health screening etc.)
- Family planning (contraceptives including oral birth control, injection, IUD, Evra patch)
- Gynaecology (including surgical procedures and termination of pregnancy)
- Obstetrics (everything to do with pregnancy, including delivery)
- Minimally invasive keyhole surgery
Costs here are fairly affordable, just a bit more than that of DSC Clinic:
|IUCD insertion||$450 – $850|
|Antenatal package||$1,000 (from Week 16, scans)|
|Menopause treatment||$20/month (natural hormones)|
Blk 821 Tampines Street 81
Rosalind Chong’s Clinic for Women (3 Mount Elizabeth & 183 Toa Payoh Central)
Dr Rosalind Chong has over 3 decades of experience as a gynaecologist. She has been a member of Fellows of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS) since 1988 and has been running her own clinic since 1993. The clinic has 2 branches and specialises in:
- Ante-natal care and delivery
- Pre-marital/pre-natal counselling
- Well-woman clinic
- Pre-cancer screening/vaccinations e.g. PAP smear and ultrasound scanning, cervical screening
- Colposcopy and lasers
- Subfertility/assistant reproductive techniques
- Reproductive endocrinology
- Menopause & related problems (including opening hysterectomies and ovarian cystectomies)
- Sexual dysfunction / vaginismus
- Family planning & contraception (including insertion of IUCDs)
Here’s a price list for some of the services offered here:
|HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9)||$330|
|Insertion of IUCD||$700 – $950|
|Antenatal package||$2,000 (from Week 16, scans)|
|Menopause treatment||Cost upon consultation|
6737 9333 (Mt Elizabeth)
6258 9333 (Toa Payoh)
#12-11 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth
183 Toa Payoh Central
Astra Women’s Specialists (38 Irrawaddy Road & more clinics islandwide)
Astra Women’s Specialists is a collective of gynaecologists and obstetricians that is part of the Women’s Health arm of the Singapore Medical Group (SMG). There are 14 clinics and 10 specialists in the group. SMG is a private specialist and primary healthcare provider that was incorporated in 2005.
Their specialty is divided into four categories:
- Obstetrics (everything related to pregnancy)
- Gynaecology (female health in general)
- Fertility (including managing miscarriages)
- Keyhole surgery
This is how much you can expect to pay here:
|HPV vaccine||$225 per dose (Gardasil 9)|
|Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery||from $10,000 – $15,000|
|Prenatal package||$950 (from Week 20, 8 – 10 visits, supplements and routine tests)|
|Menopause treatment||from $500|
38 Irrawaddy Road
Mt Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Apart from the main clinics at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, there are also clinics in Orchard, Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, Bishan, Hougang and Jurong East. You can find an Astra Women’s Clinic near you here.
Sidek Clinic for Women (8 Sinaran Drive)
Sidek Clinic for Women is more than 20 years old, with patients hailing from Singapore as well as Asia and the Middle East. Dr Sidek is probably better known for “cosmetic gynaecology”, having trained under Los Angeles’ Dr David Matlock who pioneered various forms of genital plastic surgeries.
However, Sidek Clinic also offers various reproductive health-related services and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, including:
- Women’s health screening
- Pregnancy check-ups
- Fertility treatment
- Birth control
- Termination of pregnancy
- Menopause treatment
- Keyhole surgery
- Menstrual abnormalities
Here’s how much the treatments/services cost:
|Doctor consultation||$120 – $200|
|Pap Smear||$40 – $80|
|Laparoscopic surgery||up to $30,000|
|Prenatal package||$700 (from Week 16, scans)|
|Menopause treatment||Cost upon consultation|
If you’re curious, the cosmetic gynaecology procedures offered are:
- Designer laser vaginoplasty (cosmetic surgery on the labia), around $5,000 to $6,000
- Laser vaginal rejuvenation (tightening of the vagina), from $10,000 to $12,000
- Laser hymenoplasty (restoration of the hymen)
8 Sinaran Drive #06-02
Novena Specialist Center
When should you go to a women’s clinic or gynaecologist?
Pre-puberty: Your first visit to the gynaecologist can begin as early as at age 9. It’s from then that girls can get vaccinated against HPV, a group of viruses that causes 70% of cervical cancer cases.
Sexually active: Before you become sexually active, you should schedule an exam (including a pelvic exam to check that your reproductive system is in good order) and a chat with your gynaecologist. She’ll help you to:
- Understand how your body works and how to care for it – what’s normal and what to look out for
- Decide on your birth control method
- Know how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Once you’re sexually active, you’ll probably be seeing her regularly depending on the type of contraceptive you’ve chosen. And, you should see her once every 3 years for a Pap smear to screen for early signs of cervical cancer.
Pre-pregnancy: When you intend to start a family, you should again schedule a check-up with your gynaecologist.
If you’ve been seeing her, she would already know your medical and gynaecological history. She may get updates on those and chat with you about your lifestyle to make sure you’ve living healthily enough to sustain a pregnancy.
If you haven’t had your reproductive system checked out in recent times, she may do a check to rule out endometriosis, fibroid tumours and other issues that may stall your efforts. She may also test you for infections. Then, she may ascertain your fertility and give you advice on how best to go about getting pregnant.
Pregnancy: Once you think you’re pregnant, you’ll return to your gynaecologist to confirm the good news with either a urine test, a blood test or a scan. From then till the baby is born, you’ll be seeing her regularly.
She’ll be there at the birth and you’ll have to see her 6 weeks after delivery for her to make sure everything is alright.
Middle-aged/menopausal: Once you hit 40, you’ll see her once a year for a mammogram, the most effective way to screen for breast cancer. Past 50, you can cut it down to once every 2 years.
As you reach your late 40s to early 50s when menopause sets in, you’ll see her for treatment to alleviate some of the more severe symptoms of menopause (if you have any).
Even after menopause, you would still continue to see your gynaecologist for wellness checks: annual pelvic exams, mammograms every 2 years and Pap smears every 3 years.
Do you have a women’s clinic to recommend? Share it with us in the comments!