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Summer Advice

Want to know where you can go for help if you’re away on holiday, or need some advice but your local Family Planning clinic is closed for a few days?

We’ve got you covered with our summer advice:

1. I need advice about my contraception

If you need urgent advice, for example you are in pain, go to an afterhours medical centre or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

If you have questions about medication like the pill or ECP you could visit a local pharmacy.

Call Healthline if you are on holiday and want to know where your nearest pharmacy or medical centre is.

If you would like to talk to a nurse about your contraception and it is not urgent, call Family Planning to make an appointment.

2. Do I need emergency contraception?

You will need emergency contraception if you had sex and:

  • You didn’t use contraception
  • Your contraception failed, e.g. the condom broke or came off
  • You missed more than one contraceptive pill
  • You had vomiting or diarrhoea while on the pill
  • It was more than 14 weeks since your Depo Provera injection.

Remember: If you have had unprotected sex, you may need to follow up with an STI test two weeks later.

3. Where can I get the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)?

  • You can call Family Planning to have a phone appointment with a nurse, and we will send a prescription for the ECP to the pharmacy you choose, for you to pick up. This will cost $5.00 plus the cost of your appointment (free if you are under 22.) A fax fee may be charged by the pharmacy. Our phone appointments will be running throughout the holidays, except on some Saturdays and Public Holidays.
  • You can make an appointment or visit a Family Planning clinic during drop-in hours. See when your nearest clinic is open.

Other places to get ECP over the holidays:

  • Pharmacies - you can get the ECP from most pharmacies, but it will be more expensive (usually between $35 and $50).
  • After hours medical centres

Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 if you are on holiday and want to know where your nearest pharmacy or medical centre is.

4. Where can I get condoms?

You can buy condoms from:

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Dairies

You can also call Family Planning to have a phone appointment with a nurse, and we will send a prescription for condoms to the pharmacy you choose, for you to pick up. This will cost $5.00 plus the cost of your appointment (free if you are under 22.)

5. What should I do if I miss a pill?

Missed one pill:

If you haven’t missed any others in the past 7 days, you won’t need emergency contraception. Take the pill as soon as you remember, and take your next pill at the regular time – even if it means taking two pills at once.

Missed two pills:

You only need to worry about missing two pills:

  • If it is the week after taking the inactive pills (getting your period).

If you missed 2 pills, you need to use the 7 day rule. This means you need to take the next 7 pills at the same time each day, and either use condoms or don’t have sex for these 7 days. If the condom breaks, or you forget to use one, you will need an emergency contraceptive pill (ECP).

  • Or if it is the last week of taking pills before you get your period. In this case, miss the seven day break and continue your hormone pills through to the next seven day break. This will mean starting a new pack.  (No 7 day rule needed.)

6. I’m worried I have an STI

If you’ve had unprotected sex and you’re worried you’ve been given an STI, you will need to wait two weeks until you can be tested. Call us to make the appointment – and until then, don’t have sex without using a condom.

7. Help, I’ve just realised I need my next Depo Provera injection

Call Family Planning to book your next injection as soon as possible. You can call us Monday to Saturday (except Public Holidays) and we’ll book you in. While you wait for your appointment, make sure you use another type of contraception, like condoms, if it is more than 2 weeks after the due date for the next injection.

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