Contraception & IUDs

Effective contraception methods provide security and helps to avoid undesirable pregnancies.

Choosing a birth control method is an important — and very personal — decision. We’re here to help you figure it all out.

Click on the tabs below for a comparison of the most popular types of contraception available. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your unique health history and priorities before we select the best contraception option with you.

Frequency

Daily

Pros

• No periods except if you choose to stop taking pills during the hormone-free interval

• Estrogen confers protection against acne and uterine cancer

Cons

• Inconvenience of having to remember to take the pill daily especially in the first 7 days (most critical period to stop ovulation)

• Progesterone may cause nuisance side effects such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, mood swings, vaginal inflammation and dryness (female sexual dysfunction syndrome)

Frequency

Weekly

Pros

• Periods may become lighter and cramping may lessen

• Fertility returns soon after discontinuing use

Cons

• More hormonal side effects compared to pills

• Skin irritation with patches

Frequency

Every 3 Months

Pros

• Periods may eventually stop

• Does not contain estrogen – helpful for those who must avoid estrogen

Cons

• May take an average of 4 month for fertility to return after stopping the injections

• Causes bone loss

• Can cause unscheduled nuisance bleeding in first 3-6 months (let your doctor know if this happens, we can curb it)

• Progesterone may cause nuisance side effects such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, mood swings, vaginal inflammation and dryness (female sexual dysfunction syndrome) and weight gain

Frequency

Every 3 Years

Pros

• Awareness of device position – you can always feel the device in your arm giving you the reassurance that the device is still in place

• Quick and painless insertion with use of local anesthetic, the procedure takes only a few minutes

• Periods may become lighter or stop entirely

• When the implant is removed, you can become pregnant right away

• Does not contain estrogen – helpful for women who must avoid estrogen

Cons

• Involves a small procedure in your doctor’s clinic

• Replacement of removal requires a small incision/cut

• Can cause unscheduled nuisance bleeding in first 3-6 months (let your doctor know if this happens, we can curb it)

Frequency

Every 5 Years

Pros

• Stays in the uterus – you don’t feel it

• 70% chance of stopping periods altogether

• When the IUD is removed, you can become pregnant right away

Cons

• Involves a small procedure with procedural risk like malplacement, perforation (these are uncommon)

• Can cause unscheduled nuisance bleeding in first 3-6 months (let your doctor know if this happens, we can curb it)

• Progesterone may cause nuisance side effects such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, mood swings, vaginal inflammation and dryness (female sexual dysfunction syndrome) and weight gain
*the least compared to all other single hormone progesterone only devices

Frequency

Every 5 Years

Pros

• No hormones at all – hence no hormonal side effects

• When the IUD is removed, you can become pregnant right away

Cons

• Increases risk of tracking up STD (sexually transmitted diseases) like chlamydia and gonorrhea into the uterus and pelvis causing pelvis inflammatory disease

• Heavier periods and more cramping

Frequency

For Emergencies

Pros

• Ella® is 99% effective and can be taken within 5 days of having unprotected sex

• No long-term or severe side effects

Cons

• May cause nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, breast pain, or belly pain for 1-2 days after taking the pills

• Your next period may come a few days early or a few days late

• Spotting

FAQ

What Are The Hormonal Side Effects Of A Mirena IUD

Some of you have asked us to share more about the hormonal side effects associated with the Mirena IUD – you can find out all about them in our latest Ask Dr Jess episode.

What does an IUD insertion REALLY feel like?

Dr Jess answers the most frequently asked questions about IUDs – find out what they are now.

Do you know how many times you can safely take an emergency pill in a single menstrual cycle?

We answer your questions on emergency contraception – and more – in this video.

Have you wondered why the “7-Day Break” was introduced as part of taking birth control pills?

Hint: it has something to do with the Pope.

Dr Jessherin Sidhu

Affectionately known to her patients as Dr Jess, Dr Jessherin Sidhu adopts a holistic approach to patient care. She is a firm believer that relationships, sexuality and sexual behaviour are factors that have a significant impact on overall health.

With her sex-positive and health-focused approach, Dr Jess encourages safe and open discussions of sexual health issues that extend beyond just treating diseases.

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Marg Lim

October 18, 2020 via Google

Last week (13th Feb 2020) was my first visit to this clinic. I was very impressed and satisfied with InSync Medical Women's Clinic. Dr. Jess was very attentive and detailed in examining my situation. Her explanation was very clear and understandable. With her patience, I was able to ask lots of questions and understand my situation much better than before. (Thank you, Dr. Jess) Price wise, it is reasonable and I would HIGHLY recommend this clinic. Again, thank you!

Maria

July 1, 2020 via Google

I am soooooo glad I went here to have my concernssorted. I have no words how comfortable I am after she had me checked up. Her hands are very light aswell. It's like having a class about our body parts. She explained my result that I had back in Bangkok than the doctor I had there. How I wish there is someone like her that will make sure all our questions and concerns are answered. She's the best of best. Highly recommend her. Price is reasonable too. Just thank you Dr.Jess and her assistant Aisyah. Have a wonderful day always.

Malanai

September 18, 2020 via Google

Dr Jess is an amazing doctor with a beautiful heart. What I really love about her is that is super realistic. She does not promise rapid/fake results. She is very humble and I really like it that spent her time to talk and explain to me about my condition in detail. I have been to so many other doctors for the same. They will just talk briefly and try to push me to start the treament on the spot / nurses will start discussing on pricing.Wasted my time and money in the wrong clinic before. However, Dr Jess is just different.She is not greedy. Very helpful and high level of professionlism and empathy.And her staff Hani is super sweet too. Customer service top notch. Sometime I send message so late when i need something urgently. Hani will still reply to me patiently. I am so lucky I finally found the best doctor and her assitant for my lady needs 🙂 . I only have one regret-I didnt find them earlier.

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