​Women Health Services

Read on to find out more about the health services available at women’s clinics in Singapore.

We look at some of the main women’s health services in Singapore.

Antenatal Care

Routine antenatal care includes: 
  • Pregnancy-related consultation 
  • Urine test 
  • Weight and blood pressure check 
  • Assessment of foetal heart rate using Daptone (after 12 weeks of gestation) 

If you are: 
  • Less than 28 weeks pregnant, you will need four-weekly check-ups 
  • More than 28 weeks pregnant, you will need two-weekly check-ups 
  • More than 34 weeks pregnant (or earlier, depending on maternal age and past obstetric history), you will be transferred to the hospital for follow-up 

Note: The frequency of visits to the polyclinic may vary depending on the condition of your pregnancy. 

*Patients receiving antenatal care at polyclinics will have routine antenatal blood tests. You will be referred to the hospital for an antenatal screening test or any diagnostic tests that are not available in the polyclinic. 

You may submit an online request to make and/or change your appointment for an antenatal check-up using the appointment e-services

Related: Pregnancy Symptoms

Postnatal Care

Postnatal care for mothers into their sixth week of post-delivery is available in our polyclinics. We provide advice on episiotomy and/or Caesarean wound care, breastfeeding, contraception and Pap smear screening. If you have any other health concerns beyond the sixth week, please consult our doctors. 

Related: First Week after Delivery — How to Cope with My Wound?

Neonatal Care 

Babies should be monitored until one month of age for neonatal jaundice. After the first month, vaccinations and developmental assessments should be carried out, according to the child health surveillance programme.

Related: 9 Common Issues Babies Face

Contraception (Family Planning) 

The contraceptive (family planning) methods available in our polyclinics include: 
  • Oral contraceptive pills 
  • Contraceptive injections 
  • Intra-uterine devices (IUDs) 

Mammography Screening 

Early Detection Saves Lives, Saves Breasts 

Breast cancer is one of the top 10 cancer types among women in Singapore. Early detection through regular mammography can save your breasts and your life. You should go for a mammogram every two years if you are 50 years or older, or annually if you are 40 to 49 years old and have decided to go for your mammogram after consulting your doctor about the benefits and limitations of mammograms for your age group. 

Please call 6275 6443 (6ask-NHGD) to make an appointment for a mammogram. Alternatively, you may submit an online request to make and/or change your appointment for a mammogram screening by using the appointment e-services

Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Yourself 

  • If you are already on a follow-up programme at a hospital, outpatient clinic or private institution for an existing breast disease, please continue the appointments with your current healthcare givers. 
  • If you have breast lumps, discharge, bleeding or breast pain, please visit your doctor immediately. 
  • If you are 30 to 39 years old and have had a mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer, please consult a doctor for advice. 

How Should I Prepare for the Mammogram? 

  • Schedule your test at least one week after the start of your period. 
  • Take a shower before the screening. 
  • Do not use any body lotion, perfume, deodorant or powder from the neck to the waist area. 
  • Remember to bring along your identification card. 
  • Inform the radiographer if you suspect yourself to be pregnant. 
  • Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit as you will need to undress from the waist up. 
  • Remove all jewellery before the screening. 
  • Your results will be mailed to you within four weeks of your screening date. 

Should you need support services or more information, please contact the Breast Cancer Foundation at 6356 0123.

Related: 5 Ways to Psych Yourself for a Mammogram

Pap Smear 

A Pap smear is a simple, quick and effective way to check for cervical cell changes before they develop into cancer. All women aged 25 years and above who have had sex and/or are sexually active are at risk of developing cervical cancer, and should go for regular Pap smear tests. 

If the first Pap smear is normal, subsequent Pap smears can be done once every three years. 

How Should I Prepare for a Pap Smear? 

  • Schedule your appointment two weeks after the start of your menstrual period. You may call us on the first day of your period to make an appointment. 
  • Avoid sexual intercourse 48 hours before the test. 
  • Do not use spermicides, vaginal creams, lubricant jellies, vaginal medications and/or tampons 48 hours before the test. 
  • Wear a two-piece outfit as you will need to undress from the waist down. 
  • Please reschedule your appointment by calling us at 6355 3000 if you experience any bleeding/spotting prior to the test date. 
  • Your results will be mailed to you within four weeks of your test date. 

To make an appointment, please call us at 6355 3000. Alternatively, you may submit an online request to make and/or to change your appointment for a Pap smear test using the appointment e-services

For more information, visit NHGP's website

Related: FAQs on Screening for Cervical Cancer: Pap Smear

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