Story: Contraception and sterilisation

Emergency contraception poster

Emergency contraception poster

The emergency contraceptive pill was introduced in the 1970s. It was first known as the 'morning-after pill', and by the mid-1970s Family Planning clinics were seeing many women coming in on Monday mornings. From 2002 emergency contraceptives were also available from selected pharmacists. The name was changed – 'morning after' pill was misleading, as it can be used up to 72 hours after sex.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Contraception and sterilisation - The pill', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/26987/emergency-contraception-poster (accessed 11 July 2020)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018