COVID-19: Contraception Services
Alert Level 2
At Alert Level 2, there are differences in how we access health and disability services.
Access to Health Services
The Ministry of Health website provides some key information on the differences at Level 2. Key things to understand:
- Services will open and operate normally where possible, while managing public health risks.
- Strict hygiene measures and physical distancing measures will remain in place.
- Infection prevention and control principles must be adhered to across the system.
- Testing for COVID-19 will continue at community-based assessment centres (CBACs), designated practices, and some general practices.
During alert level 2, you can get in touch with your local practice, doctor or nurse to talk about the best contraception options for you. For eligible women/wāhine this is FREE (see conditions below*).
Contraception services, such as Fit and Forget contraception inserts and removals should now be available. This will vary between service providers, so please do check with your local service provider.
*Women/wāhine that live in the Bay of Plenty are eligible for free contraception consults and fit and forget contraception if they are: under 26 years old; or Māori or Pacific; or hold a community services card (CSC). If you are not sure if you are eligible, make sure to ask your service provider as there is additional eligibility criteria that you may meet.
Looking after yourself
To keep yourself safe we recommend:
Don’t delay in seeking medical care. Staying healthy is really important and health providers are still open. To find out more about accessing healthcare during COVID-19, visit the national website or the local website.
Practise safer sex – use a condom! Condoms are the only method of contraception that also protects you from STIs. You can get them in pharmacies, supermarkets and online.
Make sure you have enough contraceptive pills. If you use the contraceptive pill, check now how many you have left and contact the place you get it from as soon as possible if you think you might run out in the next week or two. If you do run out, make sure you have another method of contraception available.
Don’t delay emergency contraception. If you think you need emergency contraception, do not delay seeking help. If you have been instructed to self-isolate or have COVID-19 symptoms, call you nearest service provider or contact your pharmacy for guidance on how to access emergency contraception.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI, it is important that you see a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. Don’t delay seeking help. Get in touch with a service provider today.
Look after your mental wellbeing. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. It is normal to feel anxious, stressed or lonely during this time. For more help and some great resources, visit COVID-19 website.
Local COVID-19 Information
BOP Health COVID-19 has been established to advise, update and help all BOP and Lakes communities through these challenging times.
It is a place you can find information that is relevant to the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards.
Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance are a Primary Health Organisation based in Whakatāne. They support the provision of primary health care services through General Practices, the EBPHA community health team and other health providers.
More information on key primary health services available during COVID-19 Alert Level 2 can be found on their website.