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Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) / Morning After Pill

Your local pharmacy can provide the morning after pill. If you are 25 years or younger the consultation and medication will be fully subsidised (for NZ residents). This is a confidential service and you don’t need to make an appointment.

 

The emergency contraception can be used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It can be taken up to 72hours (3 days) after unprotected sex, the sooner the better.

 

How does the emergency contraceptive pill work?

The emergency contraceptive pill can prevent pregnancy by:

-  delaying the release of an egg from your ovary until sperm are no longer active, and

 

-  changing the lining of your uterus so a fertilised egg cannot implant and develop.

 

It doesn’t work once the egg has been fertilised and won’t cause an abortion if you are already pregnant. It doesn't make it harder for you to get pregnant later on and it’s not harmful if you use it more than once.

Find out more about the Emergency Contraception Pill at Family Planning’s website

 

Have you had unprotected sex?

Don’t forget a sexual health check. You can catch a Sexually Transmitted Infection without realizing it so symptom free is no guarantee. The only way to be sure is to get tested.

Testing is free and easy at MidCentral Sexual Health Service. You can also get tested at YOSS if you are under 24, or at your local GP team

And while you are there, take the opportunity to get some condoms.

 

The following pharmacies in the MidCentral DHB region provide the ECP service:

PHARMACY NAME

LOCATION

PHONE NUMBER

Ward’s Pharmacy

Dannevirke

06 374 8087

Feilding Health Pharmacy

Feilding

06 560 1026

Feilding Health Smith’s Pharmacy

Feilding

06 323 4121

Feilding Health Tatton’s Pharmacy

Feilding

06 323 5023

Gimblett’s Pharmacy

Foxton

06 363 7080

Hamish Barham Pharmacy

Otaki

06 364 8860

Horowhenua Health Centre Pharmacy

Levin

06 367 3644

Levin Mall Pharmacy

Levin

06 368 0515

Steeds Pharmacy

Levin

06 368 4152

Tararua Pharmacy

Levin

06 368 7922

Unichem Levin Pharmacy

Levin

06 368 2560

Bollard’s Pharmacy

Pahiatua

06 376 8446

Botanical Road Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 358 1787

Central Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 358 7283

City Health Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 355 5287

Cook Street Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 358 7788

Countdown Pharmacy Rangitikei Street

Palmerston North

06 359 0859

Grant Irvine Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 357 8782

Hokowhitu Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 357 9186

Life Pharmacy The Plaza

Palmerston North

06 356 1949

Milson Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 358 0612

Unichem Awapuni Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 358 1970

Unichem Chemist Shop

Palmerston North

06 354 8899

Unichem Kauri Healthcare Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 354 4084

Unichem Roses Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 354 7673

Unichem Terrace End Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 358 1485

Unichem The Palms Pharmacy

Palmerston North

06 355 1145

Vautier Pharmacy – Downtown

Palmerston North

06 356 6499

Vautier Pharmacy – Pioneer Village

Palmerston North

06 357 6577

Vautier Pharmacy – Summerhill Village

Palmerston North

06 355 8173

 

 


To find the location of pharmacies providing this service, click here.