In a recent survey by ellaOne, 58% of women surveyed said they felt embarrassed or awkward of taking the morning after pill. We also found that one in eight women would go to another town to get the morning after pill to avoid running into anyone they knew. A quarter of women surveyed also said they would wait until the pharmacy was empty before buying emergency contraception.
These findings highlight the lingering stigma which makes people feel bad for taking action if their regular contraception fails – or if they got carried away in the moment – and they don’t want to get pregnant.
To end the judgment of women who choose to lessen their risk of unplanned pregnancy, we need to start an open conversation about the morning after pill, myth bust harmful misconceptions and show people everywhere that they are not alone in this experience.
If you have taken the morning after pill, please share your story below and help show others that they have nothing to be ashamed of.
ellaOne® 30mg film-coated tablet contains ulipristal acetate and is indicated for emergency contraception within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Always read the label.