Family planning

Contraception prevents women from getting pregnant.

You and your partner can decide whether, when and how many children you want to have. This is called family planning. When you want to have sexual intercourse, but do not plan to have a child (yet), you can avoid pregnancy with contraception.

Contraception does not make a woman less fertile. When she stops using contraception, she can have children.

Protection against HIV and STIs

The condom is a means of contraception that also protects you against HIV and reduces the risk of getting an STI.

Condom

Different methods of contraception

There are different methods of contraception. You can choose which method is best for you and your partner. Methods vary a lot, for example in:

  • their price;
  • their availability;
  • the way they are used.

Contraception is not bad for health. Some methods of contraception suit a particular person’s lifestyle, age and physical condition better than others.

Contraception works well if you use it correctly. For this reason, it is important to choose a method that suits you. If a method does not work for you, you can try another one.

Ask a health professional for advice. A health professional cannot give any information about you to anybody else. He/she is obliged by law to respect your privacy. You can also discuss contraception with your partner.

Buying contraception

You can buy condoms and female condoms without prescription at a pharmacy or supermarket. In Belgium, you can also buy emergency contraception without a prescription at a pharmacy. You can buy most other contraception at a pharmacy, but only with a prescription from a doctor.

More information or help needed?

Family doctor
You can talk to a family doctor about almost every intimate issue. If necessary the family doctor can refer you to a specialised health professional. Find a family doctor in your neighbourhood:
Wijkgezondheidscentrum
You can visit a family doctor in a community health centre. Other care professionals such as nurses and social workers also work at community health centres. Care is provided free of charge. Find a community health centre in your neighbourhood:
CAW - Centrum Algemeen Welzijn
Centre for general well-being - Help with all kinds of issues: a difficult relationship, medical, financial, administrative, legal or material problems, family problems,... CAWs also provide assistance to victims of violence and abuse. Find a CAW in your neighbourhood:
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg Amerijtje
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
070 22 23 54
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg De Bakermat
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
016 20 77 40
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg De Kraamvogel
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
03 238 11 00
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg De Wieg
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
0473 45 14 38, 050 33 02 70
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg Kraamkaravaan
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
09 333 57 60
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg Volle maan
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
02 229 25 58, 0478 88 11 86
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