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If you do not want to get pregnant (yet), think about which contraceptive method is right for you.

Contraception advice Fertility

Do you want to make an appointment for contra­ception advice?

Contraception advice

Do you want more information about contraception, do you need a prescription or do you want to make an appointment for placing an IUD? Feel free to contact us. We will gladly help you out.

You can come to our Verloskundige Groepspraktijk Helmond for contraception advice. Both before you decide to have children as well as after giving birth.

We will gladly inform you about the pros and cons of the different contraceptives. Which contraceptive is best for your personal situation (for example if you are breastfeeding)? We also prescribe oral contraceptives and IUDs. The IUDs are placed by our own obstetricians. We will inform your family doctor about the contraceptive you have chosen.

We can also advise you about contraception during the postpartum period or during the follow-up (after giving birth) and, if necessary, prescribe the pill. If you choose an IUD, we will give you a prescription and make an appointment (10 to 12 weeks after giving birth) to place the IUD. Six weeks after placing the IUD, you have to come back for a checkup to verify that the IUD is still in the correct position. You can also make an appointment with us for contraception advice and/or placing an IUD if you do not (yet) want to have children. Below you will find an overview of the different contraceptive methods.


A prescription for contraception is free of charge. Whether the IUD is covered by your health insurance depends on the terms of your policy.

The cost of the IUD be (excluding any pharmacies and/or delivery).
Mirena®: +/- €150 – €160
T-Safe®:   €69

Removing an IUD

You can remove an IUD at any moment, for example in case of side effects, a desire to have children or after the “expiration date”. A hormonal IUD has an expiration date of 5 years, while a copper IUD has an expiration date of 10 years. After you remove the IUD, you are immediately fertile again. It is also possible to have a new IUD inserted immediately after your old IUD has passed its expiration date.

Hormonal contraceptive methods

 Combined pill
Combined pill
Pill without
Suitable when breastfeeding?NoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
How often?21-28 x every 4 weeks21-28 x every 4 weeks3 x every 4 weeks1 x every 4 weeks28 x every 4 weeks1 x every 12 weeks1 x every 3 years1 x every 5 years
Who, what and where?You, pill to be swallowedYou, pill to be swallowedYou, patch on the skinYou, ring in your vaginaYou, pill to swallowedFamily doctor, subcutaneous or intramuscularFamily doctor, implant in your armFamily doctor or obstetrician, IUD in your uterus
Can I postpone or skip my menstruation?YesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
Can I be fertile again soon?YesYesYesYesYesMay take up to one yearYesYes
Non-hormonal contraceptive methods

 Copper IUD
Suitable when breastfeeding?Yes
How often?1 x every 10 years
Who, what and where?Family doctor or obstetrician, IUD in your uterus
Can I postpone or skip my menstruation?No
Can I be fertile again soon?Yes


Fertility after your pregnancy

About 6 weeks after giving birth, you can start to have sexual intercourse again, because your uterus has fully healed and the blood loss has stopped. Your menstruation has started and you are fertile again. You can get pregnant again as soon as 4 weeks after giving birth. However, the effects of your previous pregnancy will not yet have disappeared fully after 6 weeks. That will take about 9 months. If you do not want to risk getting pregnant again right away, you should consider using contraception.

Fertile without knowing it

The first menstruation usually starts again after 6 weeks. However, it might also take up to a couple of months. The ovulation will take place about 2 weeks before you get your period. So you can be fertile again without even knowing it. We recommend that you consider using contraception rather quickly after having given birth. If you do not want to get pregnant right away, make sure that you use contraception when first engaging in sexual intercourse after giving birth. Breastfeeding (including nocturnal feeding sessions) reduces the chance of getting pregnant again, but it does not exclude it.

Information from your obstetrician

During the pregnancy or during the postpartum period, we will inform you about the various methods of contraception. During the follow-up (six weeks after childbirth), this topic will be discussed again. Since October 1, 2014, we are allowed to prescribe contraceptives. You can contact us directly or you can contact your family doctor. If you want more information, please click the tab “contraception”.

AnticonceptieKompas.nl is an independent website that helps you to choose between the many different types of contraception. By answering a couple of questions, your personal desires and preferences will soon be clear.

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