The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) prevents pregnancy when you take it after unprotected sex. It can be taken up to three days – 72 hours – after sex, although it is most effective when taken within the first 24 hours.
ECP is a high dose contraceptive pill with a hormone called progesterone. This works by delaying ovulation (release of an egg from the ovary).
It is important to have a pregnancy test 3-4 weeks after taking ECP to make sure you are not pregnant.
ECP is most effective in women weighing under 70kg. If you weigh over 70kg you may wish to consider other treatment options such as a copper IUD (intrauterine device).
You can discuss emergency contraception and regular contraception with our GPs.
- We can provide you with a prescription for the ECP pill (sometimes known as ‘after sex pills’)
- It won’t cause an abortion if you are already pregnant
- Discuss emergency contraception and regular contraception confidentially with our GPs.
The ECP pill is not suitable for long-term regular contraception. It does not protect you from sexually transmissible infections and it’s not as effective as other methods of contraception.
We can talk to you about other methods of long-term contraception, including IUDs, the contraceptive pill and Depo Provera injections.
Health care professionals providing emergency contraception
Frequently asked questions
To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:
- NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
- International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration
On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.
Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.
This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.
Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.
The length of your first appointment with your new doctor will be as follows:
* Note: if you have a chronic condition, please make a booking for 30 minutes.
Payment is required at the time of consultation
You will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your screening appointment.
Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.
There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials
We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.
If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.
All consultations are by appointment only.
14-17 years $16
18+ years $18.50
Urgent prescription $27.50
We are open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm.
For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.
These are consultation prices only.
Under 14 Years - Free
14 - 17 years - $13
18 years & over - $19.50
Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.