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Our clinics in Whangarei, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty are closed today (Monday 30 January) for Auckland Anniversary Day. We expect to reopen as normal tomorrow and will update this banner and our social media if there are any issues. To make an appointment, call your nearest clinic or use the after-hours Ask for an Appointment form on our website. If you are unable to make your appointment, please use the Cancel my Appointment form. To our clients and colleagues impacted by the weekend's weather, we hope you're doing well. Ngā mihi, Family Planning. 


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Contraception Use Survey 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


A new survey conducted by Family Planning aimed to learn more about what contraception people use, how they get it, and how we might improve access for all people who want to use it.

Respondents told us:

  • The most common contraceptive methods that people are currently using are the oral contraceptive pill (39%) and condoms (33%).
  • Nearly a quarter (24%) are not using their preferred contraceptive method. The most common reason why, from the list of options provided, was because they have not found the time to get it (25%), followed by cost (20%).
  • Five per cent reported experiencing conscientious objection from a healthcare practitioner when seeking contraception.

The report includes three recommendations to improve contraception use: promote awareness and education about the full range of contraceptive options; reduce stigma and shame, particularly among young people, and invest in sexual and reproductive health services.

Read the full survey report.

Media coverage:

'Patients made to feel "disgusting" for seeking contraceptives - survey' Stuff

'Major barriers remain for New Zealanders accessing contraception - survey' 1 News

'Some family doctors refuse to prescribe contraception - survey' RNZ

'"Surprising" level of moral opposition to providing contraception for patients' NZ Doctor

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