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By Dr. Loke Kah Leong MBBS (S'pore), MMed (O&G), MRCOG (UK), FAMS (S'pore), FICS (USA), FRCOG (UK) There are a few screening tests for chromosomal abnormalities available which are offered to all pregnant women in the late first trimester or early second trimester. These include the nuchal translucency (NT) scan, the NT combined with maternal blood test commonly known as the OSCAR test or maternal serum screening along (eg. Triple Test). Screening tests are all non-invasive...
By Dr. James Lee MBBS, MRCOG, FAMS, GDip It is important that a pregnant woman should not consume any medication, herbal product or health care supplement unnecessarily or in excess, unless there is strong evidence that she needs it to improve the health of the pregnancy and/or the fetus inside her womb. The use of fish oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding remains contentious. Pregnant women are advised to understand the potential benefits and ills when they decide to take fish...
By Dr. Christopher Ng Obstetrician and Gynaecologist MBBS (London, UK), FRANZCOG (Aust-NZ), MMed (S'pore), FAMS (S'pore) 1. What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common medical condition characterized by growth of endometrium (the tissue that normally lines the uterus) beyond or outside the uterus. It looks and acts like tissue in the uterus. It most often appears in places within the pelvis: Ovaries ...
By Dr. Chow Kah Kiong MBBS (S'pore), MMed (O&G), MRCOG (UK), FAMS Definition of Social Induction Social induction — an induction for the convenience of either the pregnant mother and her family or the care giver and the medical team. It is when labour is induced ‘electively’, and there is no clear medical reason for the induction. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that induction rates should not exceed 10% (15% at most). However, despite the possible...
By Dr. Roland ChiengObstetrician and GynaecologistMBBS (S'pore), MRCOG (UK), GDip (Acu) What is IVF treatment? IVF treatment is the very first treatment tried when an egg donor is being used, there are severe cases of male infertility or a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked. Still, this comes after years of trying to get pregnant, followed by a slew of fertility testing. According to the World Health Organisation, incidence is about 10 percent worldwide. Another 10 to 12...