Female sex workers

Fertility and conception

  • About two weeks before menstruation, a woman releases an egg.  This egg can be fertilised during one day.  After a few days the egg travels through the Fallopian tubes and arrives in the womb. In the meantime the inner lining of the womb changes, so that a fertilised egg can attach.  If there is no fertilisation, the egg and the uterine lining are shed.  This is the menstruation.
  • The man produces new sperm every day. Sperm which reaches the vagina, swims via the cervix to the womb and the Fallopian tubes.  Sperm can stay there two to four days.  If during that time an egg is released, the sperm can fertilise the egg.  The fertilised egg attaches to the uterine lining.  There is no menstruation and the pregnancy starts.

Since the sperm stays alive a little longer, sexual intercourse from three days before to one day after the release of the egg can result in a pregnancy.

What are reliable contraceptives? 

  • If you don’t want to become pregnant, it is wise to use condoms in addition to another reliable contraceptive.  
  • A condom also protects you against pregnancy, but there is always a risk that something goes wrong.  If you don’t use contraception yet, ask your doctor. Together with your doctor, you can see which contraceptive suits you best. 
  • Never use someone else’s contraceptive.
  • If you have had an unsafe sexual contact in the meantime, you can always take the emergency pill  (maximum 72 hours after the unsafe contact). It is still best to see a doctor afterwards.

Payment contraceptives

  • In Belgium contraceptives are only available at the pharmacy with a doctor’s prescription.  
  • At this moment most contraceptives are reimbursed.  
  • The national health care service (mutualiteit) can give you information about the repayment of other contraceptives such as a coil, patch, ring, implant and the new contraceptive pills.
  • For young people under 21 there is an additional discount for all contraceptives on presentation of your SIS-card.  Some contraceptives are even free of charge.

Be careful: the brand name of your contraceptive may differ from country to country.  It is best to take your packet to the doctor.  He can look at the composition and prescribe the same product (sometimes with another name).