Women do get judged for taking the morning after pill, unless someone else has been through the same thing

Anonymous, 22, London

Anonymous, 22, London


I’ve taken the morning after pill three times when I was 19, 20 and 21.

The first time was because it was my first time and it was unplanned. The other times were because of failed contraception, i.e. I missed a pill.

The first time I got it from the pharmacy. I was really scared and the pharmacist was quite blunt and didn’t provide much reassurance. I actually considered not getting it because it was very expensive but I didn’t know where else I could get it at such short notice.

The other times I tried really hard to find a clinic but it was quite difficult because my local ones had really awkward hours if you’re a student or you work.

I felt really nervous at the pharmacy but I was relaxed at the clinic because they seemed much better at explaining the situation. I wasn’t really worried about side effects, more worried about it working or not. In the end I did feel a bit nauseous.

Overall, it was a pretty tedious experience. If I needed to I would take it again but I really would have benefitted from knowing a bit more about it and where I could get it quickly.

Women do get judged for taking the morning after pill, unless someone else has gone through the same thing. Then they’re much more understanding.



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