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Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)

Contraceptive failure or having unprotected sex can be a stressful situation.  Sometimes getting to the Doctor is not always possible. An accredited pharmacist is available for consultation. Refer to the list of pharmacies below offering this service.


Book your appointment at a time and place that's convenient for you. Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including some evenings. 


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What are emergency contraceptive pills?


Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are a type of birth control medication that can be taken after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. They work by delaying or preventing ovulation, the release of an egg from the ovary, and therefore preventing pregnancy.


Are ECP's effective?


The emergency contraceptive pill will be most effective if you take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Taking the ECP within 24 hours is best, but it can prevent pregnancy if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.


The ECP has been shown to prevent:

  • 95% of expected pregnancies when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex

  • 85% if taken within 25 - 48 hours

  • 58% if taken within 49 - 72 hours


It’s important to note that the ECP does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you have any concerns speak with your Unichem Pharmacist, doctor or family planning clinic.


What can you expect in your appointment?


An accredited pharmacist will go through your current condition and may ask the following questions:


  • current contraception

  • why you need emergency contraception

  • the period since you last had unprotected sex in hours

  • period information or irregularities

  • medical conditions such as unexplained vaginal bleeding or Crohn’s disease

  • ongoing medications, including prescribed, over-the-counter, from a supermarket or health food shop

  • health symptoms such as burning or pain when passing urine, lower abdominal pain, pain during or after sex, unusual vaginal discharge, irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting.


When to see a doctor?


You should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately if:


  • Your next period is unusually light or heavy, more than 5 days late or, if you’re taking oral contraceptives and there is no bleeding in the pill-free interval

  • If you have any lower abdominal pain


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Unichem Campus Pharmacy

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Level 1, Student Commons, 9 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 377 1991

Unichem 115 Queen St Pharmacy

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115 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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(09) 303 4253

Unichem Lunn Ave Pharmacy

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2/110 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 570 5820

Unichem 218 Ponsonby Pharmacy

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218 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand

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(09) 376 1254

Unichem Ostend Pharmacy

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9 Belgium St Waiheke Island, Ostend, AUCKLAND 1081

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(09) 372 5245

Unichem Sandringham Pharmacy

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2 Kitchener Road, Sandringham, AUCKLAND 1025

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(09) 846 6552

Unichem Grey Lynn Pharmacy

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580 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

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(09) 360 1159

Unichem Neills Pharmacy

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193 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 527 7514

Unichem Panmure Pharmacy

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74-76 Queens Road, Panmure, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 527 7719

Unichem Walls and Roche Pharmacy

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792 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, AUCKLAND 1023

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(09) 625 7488

Unichem Point Chevalier Pharmacy

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1213 Great North Road, Point Chevalier, AUCKLAND 1022

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(09) 846 1676

Unichem Queen St Pharmacy

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280 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 375 1537

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