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 - ECP

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 copper IUD as emergency contraception.

ECP

The emergency contraceptive pill, or ECP, is approved to be taken up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex, but research shows it is effective up to four days after sex. The sooner you take it, the better.

For women of an average weight, the ECP is 98% effective.  

For women who weigh more than 70kg, the ECP is less effective and a copper IUD would be recommended. If you want to take the ECP, you should take a double dose - two ECPs together.

When do I need emergency contraception?

  • 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.

Where can I get THE ECP?

You can get a $5.00 prescription for the ECP at any Family Planning clinic. We can also give you a prescription for the ECP in advance, so you can have a pill at home, just in case.

You can also buy the ECP directly from most pharmacies, but it will be more expensive (usually between $35 and $50).

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