I’m pretty sure people in the queue were chatting about me
I’ve taken the morning after pill three times over the last couple of years, each time I have got it from the pharmacy.
Thinking back on the experience of actually asking for the morning after pill, it makes me cringe now. I remember being nervous and slightly embarrassed when asking for it. My first experience was so dreadful. I’m pretty sure people in the queue were chatting about me. I was so embarrassed that I actually thought about not getting it, but then I convinced myself the embarrassment would be better than having a baby. I was only 21.
I was also worried about getting it the second and third time as I had heard rumours that the morning after pill was bad for you and lowered your chances of getting pregnant later in life. But the third time I went, my mind was put at ease by the pharmacist, who reassured me. She made me feel much better. She was also very sympathetic and non-judgemental; I think she could tell I was in a bit of a state.
If I found myself in a situation where I was buying the morning after pill again, even though I know it shouldn’t be embarrassing or a big ordeal, I would feel anxious about it and would probably try to put it off. Many people have taken the morning after pill, and I would never judge anyone for it, but I feel there are some people who do make you feel like you’ve been foolish and a bit irresponsible.
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