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Contraception and the Emergency Contraceptive Pill

What is contraception?

Contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy. There are different types of contraception and some are more effective than others (for example, condoms, the pill, the jab, the rod etc.)

Can other people make me use contraception?

Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights, right 7(2) Bill of Rights ss 10,11 Cases: [1986] AC 112 (HL) [2008] 1 NZLR 409 (HC)

No. It is 100% your choice whether you want to use contraception, like going on the pill, for example. While other people may help you reach your decision they cannot make the decision for you.

If you have been pressured by someone to go on contraception (for example, a parent, a partner or health professional) you can seek help from your nearest Community Law Centre.

What type of contraception should I use?

Each type of contraception option has pros and cons. You should speak to a nurse or other health professional about the different options to work out what’s best for you.

If you’re 22 or under, you can see a nurse at a Family Planning Clinic for free.

Can I get the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)?

Yes – people of any age who have had unprotected sex can get the emergency contraceptive pill (also called the “morning after pill”) to stop pregnancy. It works best if it’s taken up to 72 hours after sex.

You don’t need your parents’ or guardians’ permission to get the ECP.

You can get it at low cost, and possibly free, from your doctor, your local Family Planning Clinic or Hospital Emergency Department. It is also available over the counter (for a cost) at some pharmacies.

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