Find out the most common and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about
Protected&Proud and the contraception services across Aotearoa New Zealand.
This is the one question that lots of people, especially young people, worry about the most.
There are many methods of contraception available that once given can work for a number of weeks or even years! These methods are often referred to as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) or Fit & Forget.
Depending upon the type of method used, this will determine how often it will need to be renewed.
False. Healthcare professionals are legally allowed to provide contraceptive advice and treatment to young people under the age of 16 without parental consent. This includes Fit & Forget methods (e.g. Implant, IUDs) as well as all other contraceptives.
Mostly all contraception can be highly effective at preventing pregnancy with “perfect use” – when it is used correctly absolutely all the time, every time. However, what typically happens is that real life can get in the way of effectiveness. For example, you may forget to take your pill one day, or be a few days late for an injection, or the condom may split, etc. This is what we call “typical use”. The most effective forms of contraception are Fit & Forget methods because it takes away the need to do something every time you have sex, or every day, or every few months.
However, many contraceptive methods do not protect again STIs so use condoms as well!
Across Aotearoa New Zealand some service providers are funded to deliver free or subsidised contraception services*.
Protected&Proud is here to help kiwis find contraception services that are free or subsidised in your local area and help people understand if they are able to access services at no cost or a reduced cost.
Free or subsidised contraception services may include:
*Services and fees may vary at the discretion of the provider. Please ensure to ask your provider.
To be eligible** for free or subsidised contraception services in Aotearoa New Zealand, you may have to meet any one from this criteria:
**Eligibility has been defined by Te Whatu Ora – Health NZ. Eligibility and fees will be determined by the provider and may vary at the discretion of the provider. Please ensure to ask your provider prior to your appointment.
A non-hormonal (Copper) IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic device which contains copper. It is put into the uterus (womb). A Copper IUD does not contain hormones. The copper IUD can also be used as an Emergency Contraception.
LASTS FROM 5 TO 10 YEARS | PLACED IN THE UTERUS | EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY | EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION – UP TO 5 DAYS AFTER SEX
A Hormonal IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic device, which contains the hormone progestogen to control your fertility. The device is put into the uterus (womb).
HORMONES | LASTS FROM 3 TO 5 YEARS | PLACED IN THE UTERUS | EFFECTIVE IN 7 DAYS
Two small, flexible plastic rods that are placed just under the skin in the upper arm. The implant releases the hormone progestogen to control fertility.
HORMONES | LASTS UP TO 5 YEARS | PLACED IN THE ARM | EFFECTIVE IN 7 DAYS