Emergency Contraception options
It is best to come in as soon as possible after having unprotected sex, as the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) is most effective at preventing pregnancy when you take it in the first 24 hours. It will however work up to 3days (72 hours ) after unprotected sex.
The ECP pill prevents pregnancy by delaying the release of an egg from the ovary and altering the lining of the uterus so an egg will not implant and grow. You might have heard it called the Morning After Pill.
Are there side effects to the Morning After Pill?
Some women feel sick after taking the ECP. For this reason, we advise that you take it with food. If you vomit within 3 hours do ask for advice, as you may need another pill.
How effective is emergency contraception?
The ECP works best in women weighing under 70kg. If you are over this weight other options may be suggested, like a copper IUD (intrauterine device). This works by preventing the implantation of a fertilised egg. This method may also be suggested if you have a medical condition which prevents you from taking oral contraception.
It is recommended to have a pregnancy test 3 to 4 weeks after taking the Emergency Contraception Pill to check that you are not pregnant.
What is the right contraception for you?
Our clinic GPs are trained in family planning and are happy to advise you on your regular contraception and emergency contraception if needed. Let us know any other ways you’d like us to support your sexual health.
- We can write a prescription for the Emergency Contraceptive pill (sometimes known as the ‘ECP’, ‘after sex pills’, or the morning after pill )
- If you are already pregnant it will not cause an abortion
- If you are breastfeeding the ECP is safe, but feel free to chat with our doctors
- Come in to talk about emergency contraception and family planning options and your regular contraception with our friendly GPs.
Planning regular Contraception Options
The Emergency Contraception Pill is excellent for emergency use. However, it’s not recommended for long term contraception and managing sexual health.
Make an appointment to talk to us about all the available methods of long term contraception including:
- Intrauterine devices like Mirena (IUDs)
- The contraceptive pill and Depo Provera injections
- Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
- Barrier methods like condoms
We will also give you advice on being aware of and protecting yourself from Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)
If you prefer a female GP, select one of our female team members if MyIndici when you make your appointment.
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:
0-39 years 40 years: 15 Minutes - 30 minutes
40 years+: 15 Minutes - 30 minutes
|0-13 yrs||14-17 yrs||18-39 yrs||40+ yrs|
|Free||$10 for screening and appointment||$10 for screening and appointment||$10 for screening and appointment|
|Free||$13 for Doctor appointment||$19.50||$39 for double appointment|
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.
Patient portals are secure online sites where patients can access their health information and interact with their general practice. Set up access to your patient portal at http://www.botanyjunctionmedical.co.nz/patient-portal/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like help.
We recommend that you plan ahead and request your repeat medicines via your patient portal My Indici two weeks before you run out. If you do not have access to a portal, you can phone us and leave a message with the nurse to organise this. Our doctors use an electronic prescribing system which can send your prescription to your local pharmacy (please specify name and location).
Under 14 years free
14-17 years $13
18+ years $15
Urgent prescription 14+ years $25
The results of tests that have been ordered by our Doctors will be available on My Indici when they have been reviewed. If your test results are of concern you will be contacted by one of our team.
We are open Monday to Friday 8.15am to 5.00pm.
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 - $13.00 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.
We understand that things can change on the day, but we ask that you call us to advise that you are not able to make your appointment. If we do not hear from you minimum 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will receive an invoice for this missed appointment.