To help you take charge of your own sexual and reproductive health, here are some key resources.
A safe space promoting sexual health wellbeing and talanoa – by Pasifika, for Pasifika. Content available on YouTube and Instagram.
A digital series for rangatahi about sexual health. To have those awkward yet important conversations about sex! Content available on Instagram, YouTube and Spotify.
Family Planning provide a range of services including sexual and reproductive health information, clinical services, education and training and research.
For-Youth-By-Youth resource to empower young people with the critical thinking skills, alongside actionable know-how and confidence to honour consent-centred approaches in their everyday.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) pass during sex and are common.
About 4 out of 5 people with STIs have no symptoms.
STIs can be cured or treated, but many people don’t know they have one.
So, it’s important to get checked regularly, especially if you have new partners or notice changes in your body. Remember: most STIs are curable, and all STIs are manageable with good treatment and care.
If you test positive, consider telling your recent partner(s) to keep them safe too. For more information, visit www.justthefacts.co.nz.
When you find out you are pregnant you may have a range of emotions. Whether you know what you want to do from this moment forward or not, it is important that you take care of your health moving forward. For information on your next move, finding maternity care and support, visit the Mānatu Hauora Ministry of Health website.
An abortion is when a pregnancy is stopped before the baby is born. Women in New Zealand can choose to have this procedure. It can be done with a pill or a minor operation, and it’s made safe for you. You don’t need a doctors referral, but you should talk to a healthcare professional. For more information on abortion, visit the Decide website.
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