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Where can I buy contraceptives in Australia?

Mon 24th February, 2020

Reviewed by: Dr. Vamsee Thalluri

We all lead busy lives, which can occasionally mean we forget to plan ahead and have contraceptives at the ready. However, it’s good to think about where you can get contraceptives so that you don’t risk getting caught out.

If you’re wondering where to buy contraceptives in Australia, there are a few things you need to know. We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about where to buy contraceptives in Australia.

Where can I get the contraceptive pill in Australia?

There are a few places you can get your pill with a prescription. In Australia, you can get the contraceptive pill from a pharmacy, sexual health clinic, and family planning clinic with a prescription.

Do you need a prescription for birth control pills in Australia?

Yes - to get the contraceptive pill in Australia you will need a prescription from a doctor.

If you’re on The Pill, there’s nothing worse than forgetting to get your prescription in advance. If you don’t have the contraceptive pill on hand, you risk messing up your menstrual cycle and falling pregnant, so it's a good idea to get your prescription way in advance of when you will need the medication.

Where can I get a prescription for the contraceptive pill?

To get a prescription for the contraceptive pill you will need to go to the doctor. They will need to understand your medical history and your current medication as well as ask a series of questions to ensure that the medication is right for you.

Generally, you will need to book an appointment and go to the doctor to get the contraceptive pill, however some sexual health clinics may have doctors on hand to prescribe the pill. There is also the option of telehealth, a digital doctor service that will connect you to a GP online.

Can you get the contraceptive pill over the counter?

No - you cannot get the contraceptive pill over the counter in Australia. You can get other contraceptive methods like condoms and the morning after pill, however the contraceptive pill requires a prescription.

However, you will be able to pick your pill up from a pharmacy if you have a prior prescription from a doctor.

Where can I buy condoms?

Condoms are a great alternative to the contraceptive pill and are very easy to get. They can be bought from supermarkets, pharmacies, sexual health clinics and family planning clinics. You can also buy them online very easily.

If you are struggling for money, it is also relatively easy to get free condoms. You can ask your doctor for some or pick them up at a sexual health clinic.

Where can I get the IUD?

Only a qualified doctor or nurse can implant the IUD, and you'll need to head to a consultation beforehand to check your suitability for it.

The actual IUD insertion appointment will usually then follow the consultation at a doctor surgery or sexual health clinic. Once inserted, it will usually last 5 years, after which time it needs to be removed and replaced.

Where can I get the implant?

You will need a prescription from a doctor to get the contraceptive implant. Once you have this, you'll be able to get the implant from your GP, a sexual health clinic, or a family planning clinic.

Only a specially trained nurse or doctor can insert the implant after a consultation where they assess your suitability.

Can you get the pill delivered?

Yes - Kin Fertility now allows you to get the pill delivered straight to your door without the hassle of having to go to the pharmacy or sexual health clinic.

You’ll get access to real, qualified Australian GP via a 100%, text-based consult and will be able to talk to a doctor if you've got issues or side effects with your pill.

Your contraceptive gets shipped straight from our partner pharmacies, meaning you get the same low price that you would expect if you walked into the pharmacy yourself.