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Welcome to #MyMorningAfter stories, an open forum for people to share their real life experiences of taking the morning after pill. Through speaking openly and honestly about emergency contraception, we can show everyone that they are not alone. Together, we can help dismantle this stigma once and for all.  

 
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I’ve used emergency contraception twice with my partner

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I sought emergency contraception during freshers week

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It felt like they were treating me like an inconvenience

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I felt completely alone going to the pharmacy

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I was treated like a naughty child when I needed the morning after pill

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I went to the pharmacy and it wasn’t awkward

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I had read that ellaOne may be more effective

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I initially felt really embarrassed to go and get the morning after pill

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Women get bashed for taking precautions. No uterus, no opinion

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He gave me a "slap on the wrist" for not being more careful

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I went into the pharmacy and asked for ellaOne

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I have taken the morning after pill 4 times over 15 years

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I felt judged for not using long term hormonal contraception

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I had to take the morning after pill in front of a pharmacist

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My sister was refused the morning after pill

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They were all understanding and didn’t judge

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It took me 3 days to work up the courage to get the morning after pill

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I used the morning after pill after the condom snapped

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I took ellaOne and left the guy I was seeing

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I first used the morning after pill in my late teens

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My GP wasn’t judgemental about me getting emergency contraception

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I went to get the morning after pill with my boyfriend

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My boyfriend and I aren’t ready to have a child so I took the morning after pill

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Just like many women, I was nervous about how the pharmacist would act

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The pharmacist wasn’t prepared to give me the morning after pill

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My boyfriend went to the store to ask for the morning after pill for me

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I took the morning after pill after losing my virginity

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I took ellaOne with no problems. I didn't have any side effects

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I was very insistent that the guy wore a condom, but halfway through he removed it

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I don't feel guilty about taking the morning after pill

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I am 43 years old and I just did not want anymore children

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I knew it wasn’t the right time for me to have a baby

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He told me the condom broke and I should get the morning after pill

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I didn't regret taking the morning after pill

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She said that I would have to wait an hour to see the pharmacist

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I never had any issues with the morning after pill

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I was so angry about the male pharmacists reaction

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The stigma surrounding the morning after pill gives me anxiety

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I took the morning after pill

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I’ve taken the morning after pill three times

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My partner was an idiot and “forgot” to pull out

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I wasn't going to take the morning after pill at first

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I got caught up in the moment and had unprotected sex

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I went with my friend to get the morning after pill

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It is my choice whether I want the morning after pill

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As I woke, I realised we hadn’t used any protection

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I was in a long term relationship at a festival

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I had forgotten to take my pill the day before

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I was marched down to the pharmacy by my mum

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The morning after pill gave me a chance to take back control

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My husband shares the responsibility of contraception with me

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Fear completely overcame me and I started to panic

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I felt more relaxed in the knowledge that it’s the most effective morning after pill to take

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I was a student, I was using condoms and it came off

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I’m pretty sure people in the queue were chatting about me

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I had sex with a friend of mine and forgot I wasn’t on the pill anymore

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The pharmacist wasn’t asking my boyfriend about what happened

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I was relieved, it made me feel much less embarrassed

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I took the morning after pill after the birth of my second child…

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I took the morning after pill after having unprotected sex

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I was embarrassed waiting for people to leave the shop

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I went to the sexual health clinic in a panic

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It was my first time ever using a morning after pill

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I’m not ashamed for doing the right thing for myself

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I’ve used the morning after pill three times in my life

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I live with 3 girls and I found ellaOne packaging in our shared recycling

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We went halves on the morning after pill

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The pharmacist was a really lovely guy and made me feel comfortable

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I was so drunk that I wasn’t sure if a condom had been used

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Access to contraception should be much easier

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I had a one night stand and felt I needed the morning after pill

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The lady asked my age and told me to go elsewhere

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I used the morning after pill while travelling abroad

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The pharmacist was really lovely when I got the morning after pill

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I’ve used emergency contraception multiple times over the last 16 years

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We had an awkward conversation about cycles and fertility

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Anyone who judges someone for making a choice is ignorant

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I got the morning after pill for the first time yesterday

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Lesson learnt - check the expiry date BEFORE using condoms!

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It had been a really hectic week and I'd forgotten to take my pill

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I have taken the morning after pill a handful of times

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 I've thankfully never felt judged when getting the morning after pill

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I got the morning after pill after a one night stand

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I went to the pharmacy to get the morning-after pill

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We realised we hadn't touched the condoms we brought with us 

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My husband was waiting for his vasectomy when the condom broke

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I found myself at the chemist seeking emergency contraception

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No one but me can make such an important decision about my body

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I decided the best thing to do was to take ellaOne

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Me and my girlfriend were caught in the heat and had unprotected sex. She took the morning after pill 3 hours later

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I'm glad I had the option to use the morning after pill

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The morning after pill was fine, I feel like the staff were very professional

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I went to the pharmacy on my lunch break

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I'm glad I took the morning after pill, it made me feel relieved

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I didn't know about the morning after pill until I was 19

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Why does the woman always have to be shamed?

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I felt no judgement from the male pharmacist

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I left that clinic feeling like a promiscuous harlot

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I’ve taken the morning after pill three times in my life

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They gave me the "use condoms" talk

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I found these stories incredibly heartening

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The fact that you now have a choice is incredible

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She gave me a sympathetic smile and said ‘don’t worry it happens to us all’

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I have taken the morning after pill a few times over the the last few years

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The morning after pill helped me avoid an unwanted pregnancy

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I am 29 years old and have no intention of having children

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I was really nervous about taking the morning after pill

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We had a few drinks and ended up having sex

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My partner and I use natural family planning

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I was being responsible and making an informed choice

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Emergency contraception gave me peace of mind

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I got a text telling me that the condom had split

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I didn’t ask him to use a condom. I felt embarrassed to

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I will always be thankful for having the opportunity of such a "rescue" at that moment

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The pharmacist didn’t make a big deal out of it

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I felt happy that I had plucked up the courage to get morning after pill

I didn’t really feel judged or threatened and I left feeling reassured

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I often find that people are surprised when I talk candidly about it

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Women do get judged for taking the morning after pill

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I’ve taken the morning after pill three times…

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I took the morning after pill when I was 36

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The lady behind the counter whispered to her father

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It doesn’t mean the woman is sleeping about

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Why is everybody making a big deal out of it?

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I didn’t really have any side effects. I went flying to another place that day

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It's my choice, my body, my life. I have safe sex, but accidents do happen

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I didn’t understand how the morning after pill worked

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It was nowhere near as scary as people make it out to be

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The young pharmacist seemed more embarrassed than me

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Condom broke on a Friday night with my long term partner

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I said I don’t have unprotected sex. She said “well you obviously do.”

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We both went to the pharmacy and got the morning after pill

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The whole purchase process made me feel nervous

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I’m in university and it isn’t a good time for me to have a child

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I wish I’d known more about the effectiveness of the morning after pill

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I got the morning after pill free from a local pharmacy

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My boyfriend came with me to get the morning after pill

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I work in a pharmacy and the ladies usually wait for a female assistant

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I was refused the morning after pill at two different pharmacies

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I took emergency contraception when the condom split without us noticing

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We decided we don’t want kids and we use condoms and the pill

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I’ve taken the morning after pill a few times since I’ve been sexually active

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My experiences of taking the morning after pill have been largely positive

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I have never felt ashamed to get or take the morning after pill

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My boyfriend took me to the pharmacy to get the morning after pill

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The condom broke, so I took the morning after pill

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The pharmacist gave me two options and I chose ellaOne

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I told the pharmacist that the person I had slept with had not worn a condom

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I used an online pharmacy service to buy the morning after pill

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I bought the morning after pill last week. My contraceptive patch fell off

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I went to get the morning after pill with my boyfriend because we worried my contraception hadn’t fully kicked in

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I remember feeling really awkward about talking to the pharmacist

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I’m happily married and don’t want another baby

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I’ve taken the morning after pill 3 or 4 times in my 20s

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I knew about EllaOne from a TV advert and decided to order it

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The questions still stick with me to this day

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I have a latex allergy and didn’t have any latex free condoms with me

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The woman issuing the pill asked me if I’d had a one night stand

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I went to the chemist to collect the morning after pill

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I saw a tv ad for ellaOne in the cinema and went online to find this campaign

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I told myself not to feel ashamed

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I’ve taken the morning after pill four times

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He said it was my problem because I should have been on the pill

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It was my decision to get the morning after pill

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The pharmacy staff took my mind off of what I was doing

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I have a child and I’ve used the morning after pill a couple of times

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I’ve taken the morning after pill seven times

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I felt stupid and embarrassed going to get the morning after pill

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The pharmacy told me to come back the next day

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It's just like other mistakes, but this was easily fixed

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My long term partner and I had an accident

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One condom split so off we went get the morning after pill!

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I felt like I had let myself down and women down

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Contraception is a responsibility that women just deal with, often silently

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I have taken the morning after pill a few times. The first time when I was 16 and hadn’t even had sex

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I had honestly always thought that condoms breaking was an urban myth

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I just felt quite judged, like I had been slutty to have sex with no protection

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I was very nervous and I felt ashamed and embarrassed

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I got the morning after pill after a one night stand in University

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I started to throw up and realised I had missed my period

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I think there’s a certain stigma that you’ve been careless…

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I don’t think women think about being judged for taking the morning after pill

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I was worried about side effects, but I didn’t experience any problems


What is #MyMorningAfter? It is a platform for people to share their experiences of taking morning after pill. No matter why you are googling this, our stories are here to reassure you and show you that you are not alone. By sharing our stories, supporting each other and speaking openly about the morning after pill, we can stop women feeling isolated or ashamed by this experience.

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