Birth Control in Singapore:
Choosing the right option

Whether you’re looking to prevent pregnancy, manage your menstrual cycle, or simply gain more control over your reproductive health, birth control can be a powerful tool. But with so many options available, how do you find the one that’s right for you? Join us as we navigate the ins and outs of birth control and family planning in Singapore.

Understanding Birth Control and Family Planning

Birth control, also known as contraception, is a broad term that encompasses methods used to prevent unintended pregnancies. Sexually active individuals significantly reduce the likelihood of unintended pregnancies by using birth control as a method of pregnancy prevention.


Birth control isn’t just about preventing pregnancies, though. It can also be used for family planning, where individuals and couples are empowered to decide on the number of children and the timing between births.

Common Birth Control Methods

Each birth control method has its advantages and disadvantages, and what works best will depend on various factors such as your health, lifestyle, and personal preference.

When used correctly and consistently, birth control pills work effectively in preventing pregnancy, with a success rate of up to 99%. To buy birth control pills, a prescription is needed.

Contraceptive pills have several benefits beyond preventing pregnancy. They can help:

  • regulate menstrual cycles
  • alleviate period cramps and PMS symptoms
  • reduce hormonal acne
  • decrease the risk of certain types of cancer

However, birth control pills must be taken correctly and punctually to avoid failure in its use. A consultation with your gynaecologist will be useful to learn how to manage missed pills / side effects.

Long- acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are good choices for women seeking effective and non -user dependent methods. These methods include the IUDs (intrauterine contraceptive devices) and contraceptive implants. There are 2 main types of IUDS – copper IUD and hormonal IUD (Mirena). Both can be used for up to 5 years with low failure rates.

Barrier methods of birth control, including condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps, work by creating a physical barrier to prevent sperm from reaching and fertilising an egg.

Condoms are one form of barrier method. They are readily available, easy to use, and do not require a prescription. However, they must be used correctly and consistently every time you have sex to be effective.

Other methods include diaphragms and cervical caps. These need to be used in consultation with a doctor. They:

  • Require a prescription and must be fitted by a healthcare professional
  • Are used in combination with a spermicide
  • Must be left in place for a certain period after sex to prevent pregnancy

Apart from condoms, the female barrier methods are not widely available and less commonly used due to user acceptance.

These methods include the Copper IUD and the barrier methods listed above.

Copper IUD may last for up to 5 years. Its action involves release of copper into the womb lining, creating an unfavourable environment in the womb for sperm survival.

Copper IUD may increase menstrual bleeding and prolong period flow. It has a higher failure rate of 0.8% compared to the hormonal IUD which has a lower failure rate of 0.1%.

Hormonal contraception refers to methods of birth control that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. These methods include contraceptive patches and injectables contraception. Hormonal contraception works by preventing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg, and thinning the uterine lining to make it less receptive to a fertilised egg. Our doctor can help you determine the most suitable hormonal contraception method based on individual health needs and preferences.

Choosing the Right
Birth Control Method

Contraception should be individualised according to your needs, health condition and your lifestyle. Specific health conditions may render some methods inappropriate. Your acceptance of the various side effects may also influence the choice of contraception.

You should talk to a professional to evaluate your needs and determine the best birth control option for you.

Share your needs with us and we’ll do our best to come up with a treatment plan that suits you best.

Family Planning in Singapore

In Singapore, where people have to balance the demands of work, caretaking and other responsibilities, planning a family can be challenging. That’s why at W Gynane we prioritise taking a personalised approach to birth control and family planning.

Share your needs with us and we’ll do our best to come up with a treatment plan that suits you best.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Singapore, birth control pills can only be obtained with a prescription from a doctor. They are not available over-the-counter.

The morning-after pill and contraceptive pills are not the same, although they both serve the purpose of preventing pregnancy.

Contraceptive pills, often referred to as birth control pills, are taken regularly, typically once a day, to prevent pregnancy by suppressing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus to impede sperm movement, and thinning the uterine lining to make it less receptive to implantation.

The morning-after pill, on the other hand, is a type of emergency contraception taken after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. It is intended to prevent pregnancy by either delaying or inhibiting ovulation, interfering with fertilisation, or preventing implantation of a fertilised egg.

In Singapore, individuals above 16 years of age can obtain birth control pills without needing parental consent.

Generally, birth control is safe for most people. However, some individuals might have specific health conditions that make certain methods unsuitable. It’s essential to consult a healthcare provider to find the most suitable option.

Hormonal forms of birth control (eg injections ,older generation pills) may be associated with water retention and hence mild weight changes. However, lifestyle factors also contribute to weight changes. The evidence linking birth control directly to significant weight gain is not conclusive.