I’ve taken the morning after pill three times

Anonymous, 26, Kent

Anonymous, 26, Kent


I took the morning after pill when I was 21, 22 and 26. I took it for the first time around three or four years ago and most recently six weeks ago.

I took it on all three occasions because I had unprotected sex with my long-term partners at that time. I took it because I did not want to run the risk of pregnancy.

I do not take hormonal birth control because it does not work well with my body. So I always relied on condoms and natural fertility tracking to avoid pregnancy. However, sometimes mistakes happen and no protection was used in my most fertile window. I got it from the pharmacy each time and I went by myself.

One thing that annoyed me the first two times I took it in the UK was that the lady giving me the pill assumed I would be a high risk of chlamydia and therefore demanded I take a chlamydia test in order to get the morning after pill. This annoyed me because I was in a long term relationship of over four years and I didn't feel a test for an STD was necessary.

I was not worried about fertility or side effects. I had researched it well and I am aware it is not like the abortion pill. It is just a pill to prevent conception. This to me felt no different to when I used to take hormonal contraception.

I have never experienced anyone speaking in a judgmental way regarding the morning after pill and I have never felt embarrassed, ashamed or judged surrounding taking it myself.



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