Published: 1 November 2022 | Updated: 1 December 2023

Contraception which has historically been known as family planning is a device or type of medication that helps to prevent pregnancy, there are several different methods of contraceptive options available, we are here at Zone 5 to 19 to help you chose a method that will suit you best.

Some methods rely on you remembering to take them every day, whereas others can last for several years.

How do I access contraception?

Once we have completed a short health assessment and discussed your individual needs, we can supply your contraceptive choice free of charge.

Not all methods will be suitable for everyone and there may be some side effects from being on contraception, that is why it is important to find a method that suits you.

Types of contraception available include:

  • condoms
  • progestogen only pill
  • combined pill
  • combined patch
  • injection
  • implant
  • copper coil
  • progestogen coil

What if I have had unprotected sex?

We can also provide emergency contraception or Plan B if you have had unprotected sex, or your contraception has failed.

A copper coil or oral tablets can be provided as a method of emergency contraception. You should contact us as soon as possible after having unprotected sex so that we can provide you with the most effective method.

We will also provide follow up pregnancy testing to ensure that this has been successful.

Pregnancy testing

If you have had unprotected sex, or your contraception has not worked, we can complete pregnancy testing.

The earliest that a pregnancy test can be completed after unprotected sex is either; the first day that your expected period is missed, or three weeks after unprotected sex.

To complete a pregnancy test, you will need to complete a urine sample. The test will be completed in clinic and the results are available within a few minutes.

If you have a positive result and are not sure what to do, we offer impartial information on your options.

We can also direct you to midwifery services if you choose to continue with your pregnancy or assist you to make an appointment for a termination of pregnancy if this is your choice.

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