If you want to become pregnant, first have yourself tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). If you have an STI, you can be treated or steps can be taken to prevent that the STI is transmitted to your child.
Tell the doctor or the nurse that you are a sex worker and want to be pregnant or are already pregnant. Then they can give more specific advice about your and your baby's health.
Your most fertile period in the menstrual cycle is six days before the ovulation until four days after. The ovulation usually happens right between two menstrual periods (in the middle of the cycle).
Working when you're pregnant
Sex work and pregnancy can be difficult to combine. In the first period of your pregnancy you may be troubled by sickness and feeling tired. You may get a dislike for sex.
Later during your pregnancy, you can no longer do all positions. Your belly is in the way.
Treat your body with care, if there is no possibility at all for you to stop working. Only do the techniques and the positions that you can cope with.
During the first six months, sex is not harmful for your baby. However, rough sex can be harmful. Adapt, if necessary, your working hours; receive fewer clients and take more rest.
Just as in other professions, you need pregnancy leave. Women often want to stop sooner than the six-week period before the delivery. If you don't know quite how to organise this, you can contact a public health nurse at the GGD (Regional Health Service).
Advice and help
Other services for advice and help:
- Stichting Hulpverlening Opvang Prostituees (SHOP), Den Haag (Foundation for Support and Care for Sex Workers, Den Haag).
- Prostitutie Maatschappelijk Werk, Rotterdam (Social Work for Sex Workers, Rotterdam).
- P&G292, Prostitutie en Gezondheidscentrum, Amsterdam (Sex Work and Health Centre, Amsterdam) This website is in Dutch only.