COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021’s top CNA Women stories

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories

Numerous news articles, profiles, and trend reports on topics ranging from mental illness to sexual health through a female lens – these are the types of stories and topics that have comprised the new CNA Women section since its June launch on CNA Lifestyle.

The team interviewed numerous women and field experts in an effort to unearth and examine some of today’s most pressing women’s issues. And as the Year of Celebrating Singaporean Women draws to a close, we hope to continue driving these conversations forward with your assistance and input. We appreciate your time in reading.

The following are the most popular stories about women in 2021 – Some are heartwarming, others are heartbreaking, but the majority are inspirational in some way.

THIS 28-YEAR-OLD QUIT HIS SIX-FIGURE JOB TO FOUND A SEX TOY COMPANY.

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Meryl Lim, 28, left a secure career to start a sexual wellness company. (Photo courtesy of Good Vibes Singapore)

Meryl Lim left a comfortable job with a S$200,000 salary plus equity shortly before the pandemic to pursue greater meaning in her life, beginning with realizing her lifelong dream of traveling the world. However, after COVID-19 disrupted her travel plans, Lim decided to pursue a career in business – specifically, the business of sex toys. A heartwarming story about entrepreneurship and, more importantly, about following your heart.

NEARLY 60% OF SINGAPORE WOMEN HAVE INADEQUATE SEXUAL FUNCTION, KKH REPORTS IN A NEW STUDY.

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Sexual dysfunction, researchers warn, is a “significant public health problem” throughout the world. (Photo courtesy of iStock/William Chua)

The first in a series of stories on painful sex from CNA Women, we examine the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction in Singapore and how it can exacerbate the country’s declining birth rate.

“EVERYTHING CHANGED”: A WIFE WHO SEPARATED FROM HER HUSBAND IN KUALA LUMPUR WHEN THE BORDER CLOSED SHARES HER HEARTACHE

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Serene Gan and Chong Seik Yeu met in 2014 at a church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and remained friends for several years before beginning to date in 2016. They tied the knot in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Serene Gan)

Serene Gan, 30, a 30-year-old technology consultant who relocated to Singapore in 2017 for work, had no intention of embarking on a long-distance marriage (or dealing with the pandemic). Gan shares her heartfelt personal account of coping with the anxiety of being separated from her husband.

SINCE BEING PARALYZED AT THE AGE OF 20, SHE IS NOW FIGHTING FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS IN SINGAPORE.

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Fathima Zohra (Photo: Fathima Zohra)

“We are not our circumstances.” At the age of 20, Fathima Zohra was riding in a car when it collided with a tree, throwing her from the backseat and into the windshield. She was rendered immobile from the neck down. Zohra continues to model and works full-time at a sports co-operative. She is also an outspoken advocate for Singapore’s inclusivity and disability rights. A compelling tale.

VACCINATION FOR COVID-19 IN WOMEN: YOUR TOP 17 QUESTIONS ANSWERED

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
CNA Lifestyle spoke with experts about the health concerns of women aged 39 and under. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)
 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine associated with an increased risk of miscarriage? If you have an autoimmune disease, will it cause a flare-up? When is the best time to get the shots during your menstrual cycle? These are just a few of the health-related questions CNA Women posed to experts for this story.

THIS 65-YEAR-OLD MODEL IS HEAVING THE GREY REVOLUTION IN SINGAPORE

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Louis Vuitton mini dress with long sleeves, thigh-high leather boots, chunky gold necklace, assorted B Blossom rings in white agate and onyx with diamonds, and Capucines mini in Taurillon leather (with detachable sling). (Photographed by Alvin Teo; styled by Lena Kamarudin; art directed by Jasper Loh)

Ong Bee Yan is a successful fashion model with a thriving career. Additionally, she owns a trendy cold brew coffee business. Oh, and she is 65 years old. Ong spoke with CNA Women about starting both ventures at a time in life when many people prefer to relax. “I chose to confront my fears, step outside my comfort zone, and push myself. “I told myself to embrace my age rather than allowing it to constrain or define me,” she explained.

“NO ONE WOULD EMPLOY ME”: HOW WOMEN CAN RE-ENTER THE JOB MARKET AFTER A CAREER GAP

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Explaining your career break to prospective employers, according to an expert, can be a deal breaker. (Photo courtesy of iStock/nathaphat)

From overcoming self-doubt to overcoming employer bias, CNA Women spoke with experts about practical ways to re-enter the workforce after maternity leave or a child-care break.

AT 38 WEEKS PREGNANT, SHE GOT COVID-19: A FIRST-TIME MUM DISCUSSES HER EXPERIENCE AND FEARS

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Shermaine Vong-Lee and her husband Jason returned to their home on Monday with their newborn son Nathan (Nov 15). (Photo courtesy of Shermaine Vong-Lee)

Shermaine Vong-Lee, 25, contracted COVID-19 a week before she was due to give birth despite being fully vaccinated. Her primary concerns were for her baby and whether she would have to deliver alone. As told to CNA Women, here is her first-person account.

A MOTHER HELPING OTHER WOMEN COPE WITH GRIEF AFTER LOSS OF THREE PREGNANCIES

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Vernessa Chuah became a pregnancy loss coach after losing three pregnancies. She assists women who have experienced miscarriage or abortion in processing loss, grief, and trauma. (Photo by Alvin Teo; design by Jasper Loh)

“What did I do to deserve this? What else am I able to do? And how do I proceed from here?” These are frequently asked questions by women who have experienced miscarriage, with few avenues for resolution. CNA Women spoke with coach Vernessa Chuah about how, after three miscarriages, she is now holding space for others going through the same thing.

HOW IS EMOTIONAL CHEATING DEFINED? EXPERTS ON HOW THE PANDEMIC RISK OF INFIDELITY INCREASED

COVID-19 and pregnancy, sex toys, and emotional infidelity: 2021's top CNA Women stories
Emotional cheating occurs when a person experiences feelings of love or sexual interest for another person, which disrupts their investment in their current partner, an expert explains. (Photo courtesy of iStock/solidcolors)

CNA Women spoke with psychologists and relationship experts about the various ways men and women cheat on their spouses in this eye-opening story. It also examines the environmental factors that enable extramarital relationships today, such as pandemic-related stress and the growing popularity of dating apps.

 

CNA Women is a new section on CNA Lifestyle dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring contemporary women. If you have news, concerns, or ideas about women to share with us, please email CNAWomen [at] mediacorp.com.sg.

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