How to Choose a Gynaecologist

A gynaecological exam can be the most intimate healthcare test every woman has to experience. The things that make you tense—such as the speculums and questions about your sexual lifestyle—are the necessary tools to help define your reproductive health and wellness. Your specialist screens you for diseases, finds solution to below-the-belt problems, and helps you plan for maternity—whether it means assisting you with or preventing pregnancy. And whatever your reason is for the visit, you know that there’s a good chance for this person to throw on some gloves, spread your legs, and dive towards the most private part of your body; so make sure that this person is a keeper. Here, we share to you some tips for picking a women’s health specialist you’re comfortable with.

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1. Personality
How important is the doctor’s personality for you? If it’s of utmost importance for you, you may want to consider meeting a potential gynaecologist for an informational interview or for a “get-to-know-you” appointment. Feeling completely comfortable with your specialist is paramount.

2. Logistics
Consider the location of the specialist’s office. How far are you willing to travel? Do you want your doctor to be close to your office or home? Are you getting there through car or public transportation? Do you need your specialist available at night and during weekends? Make sure to check through all these before deciding to meet up with a professional.

3. Doctor’s Gender
The age, race, and other commonalities may be important to you. Some women may feel more comfortable with female doctors and want to see a female gynae from Thomson Medical while others may feel differently. However, remember that while sharing the same values is nice, it’s still much more important to feel like you and your values are valued more by your specialist.

4. Affiliations
Some women prefer a specialist who is based in a hospital, some prefer with private practices, while others are limited to the gynae list provided by their healthcare plan provider. However, the aforementioned qualifications aren’t enough to evaluate a specialist’s skills. Whoever it is you wish to hire should make you feel confident and comfortable.

5. Pregnancy Talks
Are you planning to get pregnant? If so, look for a gynaecologist who also practices obstetrics. If this goal is far in the future, this may be irrelevant for now, but remember that you will have to switch to an OB once you get pregnant.

If you experience difficulty in getting pregnant, you may want to talk to a reproductive endocrinologist—a sub-specialist in infertility. In looking for an infertility specialist, the same criteria apply, along with these unique considerations:

• In Vitro Fertilization or IVF

In Vitro Fertilization is a fertilization process by manually merging an egg cell and sperm cell in a laboratory petri dish, and then injecting the embryo to the woman’s uterus. Ask the specialist if she has performed an IVF treatment before; if so, find out the success rate for patients who have had similar cases to yours.

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• The Cost

Don’t hesitate to ask about the cost. Most expenses for infertility treatments aren’t covered by insurance, and this can cost you a considerable amount of money. Many Singapore specialists who do IVF treatment have financial counsellors on staff to assist patients in the financial aspect. Make sure the prices the doctor quotes include all the necessary tests and miscellaneous. Be aware that the prices are often quoted per treatment session, and most couple need more than one session to make pregnancy possible.

• Convenience

Obstetrics and gynaecology often have many tests involved, making convenience a concern. Find out whether ultrasound and blood tests, for example, can be done in the clinic or you’ll have to travel to another location to have them done. There are also treatments that has to be done on particular days of your menstrual cycle; ask the doctor if she has staff and technicians available seven days a week and during holidays.

If you’re already pregnant, know whether you need an OB who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Common reasons why you may need a specialist in maternal fetal medicine include having diagnosed with medical problems, having multiple babies (e.g. twins, triplets), or having history of miscarriage. Choosing an Ob-Gyn applies the same aforementioned tips, but some additional criteria may have to be considered, such as the following:

• The Hospital Where You Want to Deliver

Many obstetricians serve in more than one hospital. It’s important to know that your OB delivers at the hospital of your choice. Also consider the distance of the hospital from your home as this can be a major factor in case of emergencies.

• Specific Hospital Needs

Some important things to keep in mind are whether there are limitations from your insurance company, whether you need/want an Intensive Care Nursery, whether you want an exclusive birthing room, whether you want a midwife to do the delivery and your OB to supervise, whether you want your child to be circumcised, and the hospital’s visiting policies.

• The Ob-Gyn’s Staff

Do you feel comfortable with the OB’s staff? Will you be given a chance to meet your potential ob-gyn’s group? Consider the fact that you may give birth when your OB is off duty. Therefore, feeling comfortable and confident with who is around is highly important.

Hopefully, with these tips, it’s easier to find the right gynae or Ob-gynae for you. However, also consider that it takes more than one meeting for you and your specialist to establish a comfortable relationship. In case this doesn’t happen after several meetings, listen to your instincts. You should not feel obligated to see a healthcare provider if you feel uneasy around them.

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27 Jun 2016

Top 6 Tips for a Stress-Free Home Painting Project

It’s just about the time of the year again wherein we get to refresh our homes, and there’s just no better way to spruce up our home than giving its interiors a well-deserved makeover using a new coat of paint. So before you go ahead and dump this idea, we swear that this time, your home painting project can be done with ease – even without the help of your Singapore painting services – and fun with this stress-free painting tips. Go ahead and scroll through this tips and start rolling out your sleeves for some painting action.

1. Don’t stress on the color
Don’t let the search for the right paint color stress you out. You might not know it, but there are actually plenty of tools that can help you choose the right color for your space. Try out tools such as Chip It, which allows you to pull out a palette from any inspirational images that you can find. There are also online apps that lets you add some color to the photo of your space so you can picture out the result even before you start out your house painting project. Aside from these tools, you can consult a painter or get some painting services to help you with your paint color.

2. Test the paint color in your space
Testing out your paint color in your room beforehand is one wise move. You don’t want to put in all the work in painting the walls only to realize that it doesn’t look good right? So before you get all excited and buy gallons of paints, research all about painting services in singapore and settle on buying sample pots of the shades of the color that you’re considering to paint on your walls first. You can also use the variations in lighting in the room, or the times of the day and even the season as your guide, since it can have an effect on how the color will look in the wall. If you don’t want to stain your wall, we advise that you use an adhesive sample board to test your chosen colors on.

3. Prepare the space to be painted on
It may sound time-consuming, but preparing your room will actually make your home painting job a lot easier and stress-free. If you don’t plan on pulling out your furnishings while the project is in progress you can use a painter’s table to protect moldings and fixtures, and clean drop cloths to cover your floors and furniture to avoid damages that can be caused by excess paint that dripped off from your brush or roller.

4. Paint the room in the right order
In starting your painting project, you probably might just want to randomly slap paint on the walls, but the drips, from this way of painting, will just add on to your work later. So we suggest that you do things in an orderly manner, just like how those in the industry of painting services in Singapore do it. The proper order to paint your room would be starting from the ceiling, followed by the walls, and down to the floor. Following this will definitely save you from being stressed out and having the need to clean up paint drips later on.

5. Set up a painting station
This might sound like a no-brainer but arranging all your tools – brushes, paint cans, rags and rollers – in one area will make it easier for you to do some clean-ups afterwards. Most Singapore painters also advise that you do this if you’re planning on doing a DIY house painting project, since having your materials scattered around might lead to accidental messes, thus, leaving you more work to do later.

6. Measure the space that will be painted
Before you decide to head out to your local paint store, it’s advisable that you take accurate measurements first. Measure your room’s width, height, and length so that the salesperson will be able to help you determine the right amount of paint that you might need. Running out of paint when you’re halfway through is not just annoying, but might also force you to have the walls repainted due to the slight variation in color of the first and second batch of paint colors.

DIY painting projects can be easy and fun with the help of these tips. Now you will not just be able to spruce up your home interiors the way you want to, but also produce and output that can be at par with the ones produced by those in the painting services industry.

10 Nov 2015

Asian Desserts  

Asian countries are known to be the best culinary destinations in the world because of the unique combination of flavors of food found in them. Savory dishes are the specialty of Asian cuisine. However, Asians also have the right amount of ingenuity and imagination when it comes to desserts. Here are some Asian desserts that would get you craving for some sweetness.

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Red bean soup

Soup is often enjoyed as part of the main course itself. However, red bean soup, due to its sweetness, is regarded as a dessert in Asian countries such as Japan, China, and Korea.

 

Mochi

These Japanese desserts are made with rice and will often look colorful. You can also say that these are the Japanese version of ice cream, as they are always served cold.

 

Khanon Chan

This is a Thai version of jello. It is often made with rice flour together with traditional ingredients such as coconut and pandan leaves.

 

Fried Sesame Balls

Also called bochi, these squishy balls are popular Chinese desserts. They are often filled with red bean or mung bean and then deep fried to chewy perfection.

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Ube Halaya

This Filipino dessert is made out of ube or purple yam together with coconut milk and evaporated milk.

 

Pineapple Cakes

Not a lot of Asian desserts are butter-based save for this one. This is just as simple butter crust with a sweet pineapple filling. Yet they are very popular in China and are often sold in many grocery stores.

 

Black Sesame Soup

Not too much is known about East Asian cuisine. But this simple dish is as good as it gets in East Asia. It’s as simple as mixing water, black sesame, sugar, and rice to form this sticky yet delicious dish.

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24 Oct 2015

No Bake Desserts  

Because of the busy city life, it’s difficult to find time to bake desserts. Hence, most people tend to buy their desserts in restaurants, cafes, and bakeshops. However, these no bake desserts are easy to make and will save you a lot of costs from buying your desserts from stores.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Combine two cups of white sugar, ¼ cup cocoa, ½ cup milk, and ½ cup margarine in a saucepan over moderate heat until it boils. Remove after then add a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, half a cup peanut butter, and 3 cups of oats. Use a teaspoon for rounding on wax paper then let them cool.

 

Chocolate Cookies

In a saucepan over medium heat, you combine 2 cups of sugar, half a cup of milk and margarine until the mixture boils. Let it boil for about 5 minutes before removing. You can now add 3 cups of rolled oats, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, and ½ cup of flaked coconut. Shape through a spoon on a wax paper and let it cool.

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No Bake Granola Bars

Stir 2 cups of rolled oats, 1 and ¼ cups of peanut butter, ¾ cups honey, ½ cup chocolate chips, and ¼ cups of sliced almonds in a bowl then place the mixture on a baking dish and then flatten it. Refrigerate it long enough until the mixture hardens. Cut out the separate bars after cooling.

 

Peanut Butter Bars

Mix 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of crumbed graham crackers, 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, and a cup of peanut butter on a bowl then press the mixture on a baking pan. Melt 1 and ½ cups of semisweet chocolate chips together with a cup of peanut butter over water. Add it on top of the crust then refrigerate until hard enough to be cut into square pieces.

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19 Oct 2015