If you have any questions about contraception, sexually transmitted infections, STI testing, pregnancy or abortion, the best thing you can do is speak with a doctor. If you don’t have a doctor then talk to the DSC Clinic or visit a local clinic.
What are the various forms of contraception?
There are many types of contraception. Please refer to these links for details:
- Choosing the right Birth Control Method – Health Promotion Board
- Types of Contraception – Young Women’s Health
- Preventing Pregnancy with Contraception – Health Promotion Board
- Sex Etc – Sex Education for Teens
How effective are various forms of contraception?
- The effectiveness of contraception depends on whether or not it is used properly.
- There are two different measures of contraception effectiveness:
- “Perfect use” measures the effectiveness when a contraceptive is used exactly according to clinical guidelines.
- “Typical use” measures how effective a method is for the average person who does not always use the method correctly or consistently.
For example, a woman who never forgets to take her pill will experience almost complete protection against pregnancy. But often a person may miss a day for one reason or another, in which case the risk of pregnancy increases.
Typically, effectiveness is closer to 92%, meaning on average 8 in 100 women taking oral contraceptives will become pregnant in the first year of use.
CONTRACEPTIVE EFFECTIVENESS RATES
FOR PREGNANCY PREVENTION*
75/90 when used with spermacide
|*Percentage of women who successfully avoid an unintended pregnancy during their first year of use.|
**Depending on formulation. Source
How does one get contraception?
Male condoms can easily be purchased in most supermarkets, convenience stores or pharmacies, for $4-15 for a pack. Other forms of contraception require a visit to your GP or polyclinic for a prescription.
How much does contraception cost?
Note: This information is based on phone enquiries made to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital on 30 May 2014. Costs may vary by clinic and date as well as your own circumstances. Additional costs may apply for non-Singaporeans.
Oral contraception – Oral contraception, also called birth control pills, usually cost around $35-40 for a bottle, lasting around a month. Consultation charges at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital are listed below. Charges might vary at different clinics.
Female Sterilisation – $3150 for private patient, unto $1500 can be claimed by medical insurance and the rest paid by cash.
Intrauterine device (IUD) (lasts 3 or 5 years) – Approximately $400-500
Contraceptive injection - Costs $150-200 per procedure, including consultation charges)
Birth control implant (5 years) – Between $400 to 500
What is the morning after pill?
See information on emergency contraception here.