Free access to contraceptives choice

20 October 2019

Fully funded contraceptives Mirena and Jaydess from November 1.

Contraceptives that previously cost hundreds of dollars will now be available for free from November 1 for all women.

Pharmac recently announced it will fund the full cost of the Mirena and Jaydess intrauterine devices (IUDs) for anyone seeking long-term contraception.

Both are inserted into the uterus and release the hormone levonorgestrel. They are effective at preventing pregnancy for a number of years.

Mirena works for about five years and Jaydess for about three years until they are removed.

The devices have always been available in New Zealand for a substantial cost ranging between $300 and $500 with only those with specific medical conditions able to access them free of charge.

Price is no longer a significant barrier to accessing contraception and the move will benefit around 21,000 New Zealand women.

Both are 99 percent effective with fewer than one pregnancy per 100 users a year.

SouthSeas Healthcare suggests not all types of contraceptives are suitable for all women. It is good to have a discussion about the best option for you with your doctor, nurse practitioner, registered nurse or pharmacist prescriber.

Come see us so we can talk about contraceptive options that are the best fit for you.

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