Emergency contraception

Need emergency contraception now? Call us or book as soon as possible. We prescribe the most effective morning after pill or emergency contraceptive copper IUD. We’ll need to see you within 72 hours if you’ve had unprotected sex.

Emergency contraception ASAP

It can be stressful when you need emergency contraception in a hurry or if normal contraception (ārai hapū) fails. Our Sexual Health team understand this. They can support you by ensuring we see you promptly.  Selecting the best solution depends on how long ago you had unprotected sex and your body type.

Here are some FAQs about Emergency Contraception:

How effective is the morning after pill?

The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP), sometimes known as Levonorgestrel pill, can prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours following unprotected sex. Therefore, see us as soon as possible as it works most effectively in the first 24 hours. The ECP pill delays ovulation with a high dose of progesterone (ovarian egg release).
The morning after pill is most effective in women weighing under 70kg. Another option, like an IUD, might be a better option if you’re over 70kgs.

What is an Emergency contraceptive IUD

The emergency contraceptive copper IUD is a copper intrauterine device that fits inside your uterus. You might need this option if you’re over 70kg. That’s because the Morning after pill may not be effective in this case. Copper IUDs can be inserted within 5 days of the possible fertilisation of an egg.

Additionally, the Emergency Copper IUD works instantly as long term contraception.

Could I still be pregnant following Emergency Contraception?

Take a pregnancy test 3-4 weeks after treatment to check you’re not pregnant.

  • We can provide you with a prescription for the ECP pill (sometimes called ‘Plan B’ or ‘after sex pills’)
  • ECPs won’t cause an abortion if you are already pregnant
  • Discuss emergency contraception and concerns about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) confidentially with our GPs.
  • Our team checks your other medications or conditions to help make the safest choice.
  • If prescribing an Emergency Contraceptive Pill, NZ Medsafe distributes Postinor® -1 levonorgestrel. Levonorgestrel pill side effects may include tiredness, nausea, tender breasts and vomiting. For other Levonorgestrel reactions you chat to your GP or check Medsafe.

Health care professionals providing emergency contraception

Dr Preetam Durshanapally
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, Telugu, Hindi and can understand some Punjabi Dr. Durshanapally graduated from Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India and migrated to New Zealand in 2012.
Dr Anna-Marie O’ Mahony
General Practitioner
Fluent in English. Dr Anna-Marie O' Mahony completed her undergraduate at the University College Cork.
Dr Jayani Kannangara
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, and Sinhalese. Dr Kannangara has an MBChB from the University of Otago.
Dr Andrea Sievwright
General Practitioner
Fluent in English, speaks some Samoan. Dr Sievwright has an MB ChB 2005 Otago; FRNZCGP 2013. She has a Diploma in Paediatrics and an interest in Women's Health.
Dr Richard Chong
General Practitioner
Fluent in English and can understand some Mandarin. Dr Richard Chong is a graduate from the University of Auckland. He has completed a postgraduate diploma in Paediatrics and is a fellow of both the Royal New Zealand GP and Urgent Care colleges

Frequently asked questions

To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:

  • NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
  • International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration

On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.

Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.

This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.

Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.

All GP appointments are 15 minutes long.

  • One appointment is for a single health issue.
  • Should you wish to have a 30-minute GP appointment, it will be charge at a non-subsidized rate.
  • Depending on your age and health, one of our specialist nursing or pharmacist clinicians may be able to spend more time with you.

If you are a new patient, you will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your enrolment.

Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.

There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials

We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.

If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.

All consultations are by appointment only.

Patient portals are secure online sites where patients can access their health information and interact with their general practice. Set up access to your patient portal at or email Info@highbrookmedical.co.nz if you would like help.

We recommend that you plan ahead and request your repeat medicines via your patient portal My Indici two weeks before you run out. If you do not have access to a portal, you can phone us and leave a message with the nurse to organise this. Our doctors use an electronic prescribing system which can send your prescription to your local pharmacy (please specify name and location).
The results of tests that have been ordered by our Doctors will be available on My Indici when they have been reviewed. If your test results are of concern you will be contacted by one of our team.

We are open:

Monday 7am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.

These are consultation prices only.

Under 14 Years - Free
14 - 17 years - $13
18 years & over - $19.50

Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.

We understand that things can change on the day, but we ask that you call us to advise that you are not able to make your appointment. If we do not hear from you minimum 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will receive an invoice for this missed appointment.