I grew up in Hong Kong where I witnessed my mum working as a nurse in a clinic and my interest in healthcare grew since a young age. To be the forefront of making an impact in a patient from day to day inspired me to pursue a career in Pharmacy. I graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MPharm degree and I’m also a GPhC registered pharmacist. I worked as a community pharmacist before taking up my role within Hello Eve and I now manage our London pharmacy hub.
It’s important to me to advise customers on the safe use of medicines during conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding; and provide them with consistent, evidence-based, reliable information. I strive for women to be in control and make their own informative decisions.
As a registered Pharmacist, I’m subscribed to various pharmacy professional newsletters including the ‘Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare’ to get regular updates and change in guidelines. I’m also bound to complete Continual Professional Development (CPD) training each year to stay up to date with the latest best practice and thinking in the pharmacy industry.
Over the last decade or so, there has been a huge surge in young girls and women receiving false information about the daily pill. The most common myths I hear of are that it has a high risk of cancer, makes you gain weight, negatively alters your mood and reduces your fertility long-term; all of which are most likely to be derived from self-reported data.
For example, many more women are taking to social media to share their experiences of the pill and they might say they found their mood dipped or they couldn’t get pregnant after being on the pill and coming off. However, there can often be other things to consider for these cases.
The traditional pharmacy model has been slow to catch up with changing patient demands. For me, improving healthcare accessibility and convenience but still providing patient centred care and having patient safety is a priority. Hello Eve provides an informative platform specifically for women’s health where you even have time to go through your medication options before deciding on which contraceptive you would like – that's the future of women’s healthcare, in your own hands, under your control, with easy access and the correct, non-biased information.
Definitely being involved and helping towards reducing stigma around the daily pill or seeking emergency contraception. Also improving women’s health education and awareness and being able to have 1:1 conversations with real people and being able to make a small difference for them and their health.
I would consider myself as a little bit of a foodie so in my spare time I visit restaurants with friends and family. When I do get a longer holiday, I like to travel and explore underwater marine life through scuba diving. Scuba diving is such a relaxing and calming sport to me; my most memorable scuba diving trips are immersing myself within the amazing array of marine life in the Galapagos Islands and coming into a very close encounter with a whaleshark in the Philippines.
Find out more about Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) in this comprehensive guide, covering symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.
We break down the most common potential side effects of the contraceptive pill, and explain the science and biology behind them.
Find out the symptoms, causes and treatment of the debilitating condition endometriosis.