Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) for the school holidays. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 


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Emergency contraception - copper IUD

Te ārai hapū ohotata

There are two types of emergency contraception available in New Zealand.

Emergency contraception can be used after unprotected sex to protect against pregnancy.

Emergency contraception does not protect against STIs. A nurse can help you decide if you need an STI test.  

Learn more about the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) here.

Copper IUD

A copper intra uterine device, or IUD, is put in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.

It can be inserted up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex, or within five days of your earliest expected date of ovulation.

The IUD can stay in your uterus for five years or more, and it is 99% effective.


  • you haven't used protection
  • your normal contraception/ārai hapū fails e.g. condom splits
  • you have missed more than one contraceptive pill
  • you have been vomiting or had diarrhoea while on the pill
  • you have missed your injection
  • you have been forced to have sex without contraception.


A copper intra uterine device must be inserted by an experienced nurse or doctor. You can make an appointment at Family Planning to have a copper IUD inserted. You may need to have two appointments at the clinic for this.

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