The birth control pill is invented by a Belgian

The concentration and composition of the most used birth control pill has been discovered by the Belgian gynecologist and scientist Ferdinand Peeters.  In 1957 the American biologist Gregory Pincus had already launched the Enovid pill but it still had too many side effects and was therefore only permitted as a remedy to stop painful menstruation periods.

Ferdinand Peeters discovered a way by which women could arrange their fertility themselves. He improved the composition of Enovid and so invented the contraceptive pill as it is still used today.

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In 1959, Dr. Peeters started a series of clinical tests with a hormone preparation offered by the German firm Schering AG from his laboratory in the Sint-Elizabeth hospital in Turnhout. For six months he and his assistants Reimond Oeyen and Marcel Van Roy tested the preparation on fifty women for whom having more children was a major health risk. After numerous experiments, he had found the correct dosage of the two hormones (progestogen and estrogen).

Peeters presented the findings to Schering in Berlin in 1960. The results were amazing. None of the women became pregnant and there were hardly any side effects. After Peeters' preparation (SH 639) was also found to be safe and efficient in the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, Schering introduced the Anovlar pill in January 1961.

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Biologist Gregory Pincus tacitly acknowledged the superiority of Doctor Peeter's pill by halving the dose of Enovid in July 1961. So in the end it was Pincus who took the credit and went into history worldwide as the inventor of the contraceptive pill.

The contraceptive pill has a threefold effect: primarily fertilization is prevented by suppressing ovulation, in addition the progesterone ensures that the womb lining does not become larger, preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg. In addition, the pill makes the mucus of the cervix thicker, making it harder for the sperm to reach the egg.

The most famous trainstation of Ghent

Ghent-Sint-Pieters station is the most important railway station in the city of Ghent and the fourth busiest station in Belgium, after the Brussels South, Central and North stations. It was built in 1912 to the south of the old city center in preparation for the world exhibition of 1913. The Station has a characteristic clock tower that is placed asymmetrically with respect to the main entrance. Just like the tower of the old post building on the Korenmarkt, which was designed by the same architect Louis Cloquet.

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The hall of the station is decorated with wall and ceiling paintings. The murals show scenes that various Belgian cities must represent; visitors to the 1913 World Exhibition were also able to get to know the rest of Belgium.

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The station has twelve tracks and six platforms, which will be completely renovated by 2025 at the latest as part of the Ghent-Sint-Pieters Project. There are also five tram platforms located at the station, served by the three lines of the Ghent tram. The number of travelers has grown strongly in recent years; approximately 56,000 travelers use the station every day.

The peeing girl of Brussels

Jeanneke Pis is a statue in the center of Brussels of a girl who is peeing. The statue was placed in 1987 on the initiative of the local traders with the intention of attracting more visitors to their street and, in particular, their restaurants.

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The inspiration comes from the world famous Manneken Pis statute nearby. The work was realized under the impulse of Denis-Adrien Debouvrie, businessman and owner of several restaurants in the neighborhood. The statuette does not have any historical value.

You can find Jeanneke Pis at this address: Getrouwheidsgang 10 Brussels.