Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)

The Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP), otherwise known as ‘the morning after pill', should be taken within 72 hours (three days) of unprotected sexual intercourse.

Most pharmacies and GPs or doctors in Nelson,Tasman and Marlborough provide free ECP to women who are eligible to access publicly funded healthcare in New Zealand.

Copper intra-uterine device (IUD)

A copper intra-uterine device (IUD) is another option you can discuss with your sexual healthcare provider.

An IUD needs to be put in within 5 days of the egg being fertilised.

When you need emergency contraception

You will need emergency contraception if you had sex and:

  • you didn’t use contraception
  • your contraception failed, e.g. the condom broke or came off
  • you missed more than one contraceptive pill
  • you had vomiting or diarrhoea while on the pill
  • you’ve missed your injection (depo)
  • you’ve been forced to have sex without contraception.

Remember: If you have had unprotected sex you may need to follow up with an STI test two weeks later.

Types of contraception

There is a range of other contraception available. The Family Planning website has more information.

Contraception services in Nelson Marlborough

Please note: You may need to make an appointment with your GP about emergency contraception and a sexual health check. Most pharmacies provide a walk-in service for ECP.