Ask an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist: Dr Hoo Mei Lin from Sunway Medical Centre Malaysia

Ask a Doctor ForumCategory: Obstetrics & GynaecologyAsk an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist: Dr Hoo Mei Lin from Sunway Medical Centre Malaysia
dr. Hoo Mei Lin asked 2 years ago
I am Dr. Hoo Mei Lin, a Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist specialising in Reproductive Medicine at Sunway Medical Centre based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My clinical focus covers:
  • Fertility
  • Benign gynaecological disorders (Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids)
  • Pre-invasive Gynaecological disorders (abnormal pap smears)
My procedural focus includes:
  • Assisted Reproduction
  • In-vitro Fertilisation(IVF)
  • Intra-uterine insemination(IUI)
  • Ovulation induction
  • Minimally Invasive surgeries such as Laparoscopy and Operative hysteroscopy
My educational qualifications include:
  • Masters in Reproductive Medicine, UNSW, Australia
  • BSc(Med), UNSW, Australia
  • MBBS (UNSW Australia)
  • FRCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK)
I currently hold memberships in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) UK. Learn more about Sunway Medical Centre here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/hospital/sunway-medical-centre-malaysia/ Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/mei-lin-hoo/ I am excited to be here to share/discuss Fertility and Gynaecological Health with everyone. Whether you've got questions about what the IVF process is like, gynaecological disorders or how you can plan ahead for pregnancy, or you want advice, ask me anything! === Want to ask a question? Submit your question at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to include your name and email address to get notified when the doctor answers your question.
10 Answers
Adelia answered 2 years ago
Doc, I am 30 weeks pregnant and now my stomach often feels tight and it makes my head ache. I also feel some pain above my vagina. Is this normal?
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

You need to see a doctor about this. While this may be just Braxton Hicks contractions or false contractions, we usually will make sure the baby and pregnancy is well before saying this. A urine infection can also cause this.

Nurita answered 2 years ago
Good afternoon, Doctor. I am 5 months pregnant. I cannot eat anything, and am always vomiting. I am worried about my baby. Please give me your advice, Doc
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

Even if your vomiting is causing you to lose weight, the baby can survive by taking what it needs from your reserves (for example your bones, your fat). Seeing your doctor will make you feel better, especially if they can do an ultrasound so you can see your baby growing.

Your vomiting may have many causes. If you have gastritis or heartburn in the past, it may become worse in pregnancy. There are medications that you can safely take in pregnancy to reduce vomiting. I suggest you see your doctor to see if they can suggest some for you.

Farah A answered 2 years ago
Doctor, I am 38 years old and have 3 children. I have been trying to conceive my 4th child since 8 years ago but failed. Is there still any chance for me at this age? Will IVF work for me?
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

Whether or not IVF will be successful for you would depend on the cause of your infertility. As a fertility specialist, I would check to see the number of eggs you still have, your husband’s sperm quality before I can tell you the chances of IVF success. At 38, it is not too late but I would urge you not to delay further especially if you are considering IVF. This is because the quality of our eggs will reduce every year as we approach 40. Please see a fertility specialist as soon as possible.

Lusi puji lestari answered 2 years ago
Hello, Doctor. I am in the early stages of my pregnancy, but I often have cramps in my lower tummy. Is this normal in early stage pregnancy? I cannot eat rice either. Please give me your advice.
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

It is very difficult to reassure you that the pain is normal. As a doctor, I would first have to check you to make sure that the cramps are not from something serious. I would advise you to see your doctor, make sure the baby is growing well. If the pregnancy is going well, some things to check is to make sure you don’t have a urine infection, a cyst or a fibroid.

If there is nothing wrong, some women experiences light cramps during pregnancy, similar to muscle aches or a pulling sensation. This is common and if the pains are less than your normal period pains and there is no bleeding, it is usually OK.

Don’t worry about not wanting to eat rice. Our appetites sometimes changes when we are pregnant. Eat whatever you can, rest assured, your baby will take any nutrients it can from you.

Sofi Ati answered 2 years ago
Lately I have been experiencing irregular menstruation, once in 2 months. Last fasting month, my menstruation lasted up to 1.5 months. This month I had my period on 22nd-23rd, just small drops of blood. I saw an OBGYN and she said it is due to hormonal disorders. What should I do, Doc?
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

Irregular menstruation can be caused by many things. It is difficult for me to assess your situation without actually examining you. Your doctor is right when she said it may be due to hormonal imbalance, it may be because you are not having ovulation every month. I am sorry that I cannot help you further without actually examining you. Wish you all the best.

Maesyaroh Maesyaroh answered 2 years ago
Doctor, how do we treat itch around the vagina? Thank you
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

There are many causes of vaginal itch. You need to see a doctor to determine what it is caused by. It may be due to an allergy or a simple fungal infection. Sometimes, a warm saltwater soak will help to alleviate the itch. Please see your doctor soon.

Danti Nurmalandari answered 2 years ago
Doctor, since I started using an IUD, I have whitish discharge from my vagina. Is this normal? Does IUD always lead to discharge?
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

The IUD can cause vaginal discharge but not all women with IUD have the discharge. If the discharge is causing itch or is foul smelling, please see your doctor, especially if the IUD has been fitted less than a month ago.

Rifka answered 2 years ago
Hello Doctor. If I do IVF, can I plan to have twins?
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

There is a much higher chance for a twin pregnancy with IVF but we cannot guarantee a twin pregnancy. Even if we were to transfer 2 embryos into your womb, it may either result in a single baby, twins and sometimes even triplets. Multiple pregnancies is at higher risk of complications in pregnancy. These pregnancies see more miscarriages and premature deliveries. Mum is also more likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure and bleeding in pregnancy.

Yuliana answered 2 years ago
Doctor, I have white discharge from my vagina. What is the cause?
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

There are many causes of vaginal discharge, may be part of the normal function of your body, it may represent that your immunity is down, it may even be because of an infection. The way we usually differentiate one from the other is to see if the discharge smells offensive, if it causes itching or bleeding, or if it is associated with pain or fever. Usually I will also tell my patients that if the discharge is interfering with your normal daily activities, then it is time to see your doctor. The cause can only be found by a thorough examination and possibly a vaginal swab to see if we can find any bacteria or fungal infections.

Agnes answered 2 years ago
I am pregnant with my second child. My first child was born through caesarean surgery. Is it true that if the first one was born by caesarean, the subsequent children will be delivered by caesarean too?
dr. Hoo Mei Lin replied 2 years ago

The mode of delivery after a first caesarean section is determined by a few factors; the reason why you needed the initial caesarean section, what happened during your caesarean section, including your recovery and the condition of your second pregnancy. The best person to tell you if you need a repeat caesarean because of your past experience is the doctor that delivered you. If he or she says you are able to try for a vaginal birth, then it will be possible for you to have vaginal birth after caesarean section.

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