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How much does contraception cost?

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Choosing the contraception that’s right for your body and lifestyle is most important.  

We know that cost can also be a big factor, so this month we take a look at the cost of contraception at Family Planning.

The appointment costs for New Zealand residents are:

  • Under 22: Free
  • 22 and over, with Community Services Card: $5.00
  • 22 and over, with no Community Services Card: $27.00

You might also need to pay for some services and items. Let’s have a look at them:

Condoms

Male Condoms
$5.00 for up to 144 condoms
Lasts for: Use a new condom every time you have sex. Check the expiry date.
Without a prescription, condoms can cost between $12.00 and $20.00 for a box of 12.

Female Condoms
$3.10 online for each condom
Lasts for: Use a new condom every time you have sex. Check the expiry date.

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Methods (LARCs)

Mirena or Jaydess Hormonal IUD
$340 (Mirena), $275 (Jaydess)
Lasts for: 3-5 years
Women with some medical conditions may be eligible for a $5.00 subsidised Mirena.  

Copper IUD
No extra cost
Lasts for: 5-10 years

Jadelle Contraceptive Implant
No extra cost
Lasts for: 5 years
If you are 22 or older and don’t have a Community Services Card, there is a $10.00 dressing fee.

Depo Provera Injection
No extra cost
Lasts for: 12 weeks

Oral Contraceptive Pill

$5.00
Lasts for: 6 month supply
Some types of the pill aren’t funded and may cost about $100.00

Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)

No extra cost at a Family Planning appointment. $5.00 for a prescription for 1-2 extra ECPs.
Lasts for: Only protects up to 3 days after unprotected sex
You can buy it at a pharmacy without a prescription. This will cost between $35.00 and $50.00.

 

*These costs are for New Zealand residents. They may be different if you are not a resident.

DO I REALLY NEED A PRESCRIPTION…?

Having an appointment and getting a prescription is usually the cheapest way to get condoms and ECP.

CONDOMS

You can buy condoms without a prescription from supermarkets, dairies, pharmacies and lots of other places. They cost between $12.00 and $20.00 for a box of 12.

Or you can come and see us. For $5.00 (plus appointment costs if you’re 22 or older) you can get a prescription for up to 12 boxes of condoms. That’s 144 condoms! You can even choose between different brands, sizes and flavours.

You can get a prescription or buy condoms at any age, even if you’re under 16.

ECP

You can buy the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) without a prescription from pharmacies. They can cost between $35.00 and $50.00 for one pill.

Or you can visit one of our clinics, where you will be given a free ECP. If you’re 22 or older, you’ll just need to pay for your appointment. We can also give you a prescription for one or two ECPs to take home, and that will cost $5.00.

GETTING A PRESCRIPTION JUST GOT EASIER

We offer phone appointments for some services. This means you talk to a nurse on the phone, just like you would at a clinic.

In your phone appointment, the nurse can help you with:

  • A prescription for the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)
  • A prescription for boxes of condoms

The nurse will send the prescription to a pharmacy near you, and you can pick it up. The pharmacy might charge you a 'fax fee', which is usually between $3.00 and $5.00.

The costs for a phone appointment are the same for a clinic appointment, but it can save you travel or parking costs, so it might be a cheaper option.

You can also have a phone appointment for some of our other services:

  • Pre-IUD appointment advice
  • Pre-implant appointment advice
  • Getting you a repeat pill prescription
  • Talking about your contraception options

WORK AND INCOME GRANT

Work and Income offers a Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Special Needs Grant. This is available to:

  • women receiving Youth Payment or Young Parent Payment
  • women on a benefit (including partners) with or without children (not Job Seeker Support - Student Hardship)
  • women aged 16 years and over who are the dependent children of someone on a benefit.

The grant pays for the costs of getting a subsidised LARC (this includes the IUD, contraceptive implant, and Depo Provera injection)

 

These costs were correct when this page was published in May 2017.

Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.

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