I have and every time I’ve been so embarrassed, even though I know it’s so normal for accidents to happen. That stigma can really stop you from seeking the appropriate medical help.
When I was a lot younger, I personally found the pharmacist’s questioning uncomfortable. You’re trying to be good. You’re taking advantage of your sexual health. You’re in control. You’re doing the right thing. But sometimes I feel like you’ve got to lie about the reason you’re buying it and make up a long excuse when actually accidents just happen. I feel like pharmacies are always dead quiet as well, which never helps. It’s never like when you’re going into Topshop. It’s always old people in a queue behind you as well.
The second time I took it, my boyfriend at the time was a doctor as well. So you’d think it would be absolutely fine, nice and chilled, but he was embarrassed to go in! It was like “no you ask”. We kind of kept going back and forth. We both work in medicine, and we both work in a hospital. But it was just the stigma.
Just to normalise it and make people realise that it’s as normal as going to the shop and buying tampons. We shouldn’t feel embarrassed about taking control of our pelvic health. And we’re in such a privileged position that we’ve got access to this medication. We really should feel empowered to go and seek help when needed.
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Despite more honest and open conversations about sex across the media and wider society, there is still a lingering stigma that can make people feel embarrassed to ask for help. Whether it be questions about your vagina or purchasing the morning after pill, we want to help you feel empowered to take control and make informed decisions. Who would you like us to talk to next? Let us know @ellaOneUk
By: Sophia Moss
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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.