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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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445 Richardson Road, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 627 5912

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

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(09) 303 4253

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792 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, AUCKLAND 1023

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(09) 625 7488

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1213 Great North Road, Point Chevalier, AUCKLAND 1022

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(09) 846 1676

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

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(09) 377 1991

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95 Ashby Avenue, St Heliers, AUCKLAND 1071

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(09) 528 7518

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2/110 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 570 5820

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218 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand

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(09) 376 1254

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74-76 Queens Road, Panmure, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 527 7719

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2 Kitchener Road, Sandringham, AUCKLAND 1025

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(09) 846 6552

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580 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

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(09) 360 1159

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7/507 Great South Road, Otahuhu, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 270 3880

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