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Oral Contraception

Available without a prescription from our accredited pharmacists. 

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. 

The combined oral contraceptive – without a prescription – is available to women in good health aged 16-39 years of age.  Brands available to be purchased without a prescription include Microgynon, Levlen, Brevinor and Norimin. The progesterone only pill or mini-pill – without a prescription – is available to women in good health aged 16-52 years of age.  Brands available to be purchased without a prescription include Cerazette, Microlut and Noriday. Our trained staff will ensure privacy for your discussion.

What is the eligibility criteria to get oral contraception from a pharmacist?

Women who have previously been prescribed a contraceptive pill within the last three years and who are (one of the following):

  • from New Zealand who has run out of her contraception pill

  • from overseas who has run out of her contraceptive pill

  • collecting the emergency contraceptive pill and are a previous contraceptive pill user

  • wanting to restart the contraceptive pill and have used it before

  • wanting the contraceptive pill after having a baby and have used it before. (If you are breastfeeding you can be given a progesterone-only pill and will be referred back to your doctor).

What can I expect at the pharmacist?

Your pharmacist can give you advice about how to go on the pill (if it is your first time) or if are struggling with any oral contraceptives that you have.


Your pharmacist may ask and go through the following information

  • Your age

  • Your current contraception (if any)

  • Any ongoing medication

  • Available options for contraception to review if any fit best for you and your overall health


Unichem 218 Ponsonby Pharmacy

218 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, AUCKLAND 1011

(09) 376 1254

Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy

4-6 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra, OTAGO 9340

(03) 448 8871

Unichem Arrowtown Pharmacy

20 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown, OTAGO 9810

(03) 442 0975

Unichem Bealey Ave Pharmacy

1/212 Bealey Ave, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8013

(03) 365 1234

Unichem Albany Mega Centre Pharmacy

11 Coliseum Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

(09) 415 0655

Unichem All Seasons Pharmacy

288 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu South, AUCKLAND 0652

(09) 834 3067

Unichem Awapuni Pharmacy

96 College Street, Awapuni, Palmerston North, MANAWATU-WANGANUI 4412

(06) 358 1970

Unichem Beerescourt Pharmacy

1365 Victoria Street, Beerescourt, Hamilton, WAIKATO 3240

(07) 838 2319

Unichem Alexandra Medical Pharmacy

93 Tarbert Street, Alexandra, OTAGO 9320

(03) 448 7211

Unichem Apollo Pharmacy

119 Apollo Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

(09) 476 9016

Unichem Bairds Pharmacy

Unit 2, 3 Watford Street, Otara, AUCKLAND 2023

(09) 265 4920

Unichem Belfast Pharmacy

Unit 8, 812 Main North Road, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8051

(03) 323 8166

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