If you decide to take #TheMorningAfterPill after a contraceptive failure, you should feel confident that you are doing what’s right for you ??!— ellaOneUK (@ellaOneUK) March 25, 2019
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Many things can go through your mind when you ask for a morning-after pill from a pharmacist.
Are they inwardly judging me? Do they think I had a lot of casual sex? Or that I am irresponsible and couldn’t be bothered to use regular contraception?
These are some of the fears that run through some women's minds when they seek the morning-after pill.
Emergency contraception brand ellaOne's new campaign, #MyMorningAfter seeks to confront the taboo, secrecy and the myths surrounding the morning-after pill and encourage women to openly share their experiences, according to women's lifestyle website Her.ie.
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EllaOne began the campaign by conducting research to learn more about the concerns of women and possible barriers to getting the morning-after pill.
The results revealed that participants felt embarrassed when buying the morning-after pill. The results also indicate that, of the 46 percent of the participants who had unprotected sex in the last year, only 27 percent of them took emergency contraception reports Bustle.
Their study supports earlier research conducted by Family Planning Association that found that 52 percent of participants said they believe there is stigma attached to the morning-after pill.
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The brand has now established an open platform for women to share their experiences of buying and taking the morning-after pill in an effort to dismantle the stigma.
Through workshops, social media and speaking openly and honestly about emergency contraception, they hope to show women that they are not alone.
"I didn't want to look ashamed but the way they smuggled me into the side room almost made me feel like I should be," shares 24-year-old Leah on Twitter.
Are women judged for taking the #MorningAfterPill? What do you think? Join the conversation using #MyMorningAfter and watch the #ellaOneQuestion to find out more: https://t.co/1yCHdHEpeo— ellaOneUK (@ellaOneUK) March 28, 2019
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24-year-old Sarah says the first time she bought the morning-after pill was after she had tried sending her boyfriend to buy it for her.
"The condom broke and I was so upset with my boyfriend that I remained in the car and told him to go buy the emergency pill alone.
He came back without it because they wouldn't let him buy it for me. And when I went inside to go get it, I got lectured for 'sending a boy to do my job'," she said.
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We bust more Morning After Pill myths ??. Hands up - who isn’t 100% sure how the morning after pill works? Some brave women asked the questions most are afraid to about emergency contraception. No judgement: just answers. Because we believe all women should have all the facts when it comes to contraception. Your body, your choice. Link in bio . . . ellaOne film-coated tablet for emergency contraception. Contains ulipristal acetate. Always read the label.
22-year-old Thuli says she regrets taking the risk of falling pregnant because she felt ashamed of buying emergency contraception.
"I was so worried that I ended up buying a cough mixture instead. Thank God I did not get pregnant. But it was still a foolish decision because anything could have happened."
This is how some of our readers voted when we asked them if they have ever felt ashamed of buying the morning-after pill.
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