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The love-hate relationship between COVID-19 and family planning

COVID-19 has turned many of our lives upside down and most of us have had to make constant and necessary adjustments to day-to-day living.

The love-hate relationship between COVID-19 and family planning

Working from home is what hits most non-essential workers. Not having to rush to work every day and having more time to spend with loved ones seems godsent, but at the same time, it has also brought about friction resulting in family emergencies. In Singapore, there is another type of emergency brewing. Emergency contraceptive pills and long-term oral contraceptives had hit a four-year high. 17,275 boxes of emergency contraceptive pills, which represents a jump of 45%, were sold in the year 2021 (Straits Times, 6th May 2021). Long-term oral contraceptives, on the other hand, increased by 16% to hit 164,438 boxes. You are required to consult a doctor to get a prescription for these medications.

Possible reasons for this phenomenon:

  • Possible job losses and job instability
  • Accommodation uncertainty. Imagine 85% of BTO projects face potential delays of 6 to 9 months, affecting 43,000 households (Straits Times, 7th April 2021). Private projects face similar delay of 6 to 9 months (Straits Times, 23 July 2020)
  • Usual medicine supply has been cut off as one is unable to travel overseas to get cheaper alternatives
  • The increase in adoption of telemedicine services. Women tend to be the ones getting the medicine and this shift to telemedicine appears to reduce the embarrassment in requesting for the medicine which can be delivered to their doorstop
  • The opposite can happen. More time spent indoors can spark on a series of spontaneous activities including love making.

 

While there are other birth control options available, the medication possibly offers a less invasive and more affordable option to the masses. The monthly costs start from S$30 depending on the medication selected. However, do consult our female doctor if you have any queries.

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During this period, do stay healthy and check on your health status.

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    About Fusion Medical

    Fusion Medical was set up in the year 2015. Our founders, being passionate about offering one-stop quality healthcare services at affordable rates, decided to set up the first Executive Medical Centre in One-North. This centre is equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide convenience to our patients. Diagnostic and imaging equipment include X-Ray, Ultrasound, ECG treadmill, Spirometry, Tonometry, Mammogram, Electrocardiogram, Audiometry Tests and Bone Densitometry.

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    Our clinic is centrally located in Wheelock Place, giving you easy access to quality healthcare services whenever you need it. Appointments are easy, too. Request an appointment online or call us.

    Female Doctors Who Understand You

    Our female doctors offer a broad range of screening and medical services, personalised just for you. Doctor-patient relationships can last a lifetime, and we believe that it is important to have a doctor who truly understands you. We strive to do the best we can to make you feel comfortable.

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    We are committed to meeting your specific needs at our clinic. Our clinic is fully equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide one-stop convenience for you.

    • Our Doctors

      Dr Wenus Ho

      Dr Wenus Ho is a family physician and a designated workplace doctor with more than a decade of clinical experience. She is also currently a postgraduate tutor for the Graduate Diploma of Family Medicine (GDFM) Training Program in the Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore....

      Qualifications

      • MBChB (Edinburgh)
      • Postgraduate diploma of dermatology with distinction, The University of London.
      • Postgraduate diploma from the Royal College of Physician, UK (MRCP UK)
      • Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Royal college of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK
      • Graduate diploma of family medicine, National university of Singapore
      • Graduate diploma of occupational medicine, National University of Singapore.
      • Diploma of aesthetic medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate of competencies in dermal fillers, ablative laser, intense pulse light and chemical peels
      • Certificate of Korean Thread Lifting, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
    • Our Doctors

      Dr Juliana Latif

      After graduating from Guys’, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in the United Kingdom, Dr Juliana went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family medicine at the National University of Singapore. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Occupational Medicine. Dr Juliana applies her...

      Qualifications

      • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kings’ College London, UK
      • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University of Singapore
      • Master of Science in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
      • Diplomate in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, American Board of Anti-aging & Regenerative medicine
      • Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Korean Thread Lifting Master Course, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate in competence in Skin Rejuvenation (Fractional Lasers), Chemical peels, Filler injection, Botulinum toxin injection, Laser for treating skin pigmentation and Assisted lasers or intense pulsed light for hair removal awarded by the Aesthetic Dermatology Educational Group, Singapore
      • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
    • Our Doctors

      Dr Yong Lok Sze

      Dr Yong graduated from University College London, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery with distinction in medical sciences. She has more than 10 years of experience as a general practitioner, and was accredited as family physician by the Family Physician Accreditation...

      Qualifications

      • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University College London UK
      • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University Singapore
      • Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology with distinction, Cardiff University UK
    GET STARTED

    Request An Appointment

    Got questions? Fill up this form and our clinic staff will revert as soon as possible.

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      Start your skin health restoration journey with us today!

      Fusion Medical @ Wheelock

      501 Orchard Rd #04-11, Singapore 238880

      Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

      Sat :8:30am – 1:00pm

      Sun / PH :Closed

      Fusion Medical @ Fusionopolis

      1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-05 Nexus
      @ One-North , Singapore 138542

      Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

      Sat/Sun / PH :Closed

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