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Overview of contraception & sterilisation

Ārai hapū me te kokoti uru

There are lots of methods of contraception.

The pages in this section give you information about different types of contraception to help you choose the best method for you.

If you want to start using contraception or if you think you want to change to a different type of contraception, visit your general practice, Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa Clinic, school clinic or Te Tahi Youth for help.

Sexual health visits with your general practice team may be free. Ask your general practice team if you are eligible.

Appointments at Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa Clinics are free for New Zealand residents if you are under 22.

Te Tahi Youth offers free medical care and counselling for those aged 10 to 24.

If you have a community services card or live in a low-income area, you may be able to get free or low-cost contraception. This includes long-acting reversible contraceptives. Long-acting reversible contraceptives can give you reliable contraception for up to five years.

The same services are available to transgender men and non-binary people with a uterus.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2022.


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