#MyMorningAfter stories

My Morning After Stories

Welcome to #MyMorningAfter stories, where people of all ages are sharing 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. Share your story and help stamp out the stigma around the morning after pill.

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

My worst experience was when the lady behind the counter whispered to her father

I got the morning after pill free from a local pharmacy once

It feels like everybody in the pharmacy knows what you did

It was really easy getting the morning after pill; the pharmacist was quick and discreet

Taking it felt like nothing

I realised I had missed two pills

My girlfriend and I were caught in the heat and had unprotected sex

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

Why is everybody making a big deal out of it?

The morning after pill helped me avoid an unwanted pregnancy

I went to get the morning after pill with my boyfriend

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

I experienced fear and anxiety

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

My long term partner and I had an accident

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

Access to contraception should be much easier

I went with my friend to get the morning after pill

I have taken the morning after pill a handful of times

Anyone who judges someone for taking the morning after pill is ignorant

They wouldn’t allow my boyfriend to come with me

Fear completely overcame me and I started to panic

He used the ‘it’s all or nothing with me’

The pharmacist wasn’t really asking my boyfriend any questions about what happened

It gave me peace of mind before my next period

I was embarrassed waiting for people to leave the shop

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

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

I had read that ellaOne may be more effective

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

My husband shares the responsibility of contraception with me

I don’t think women think about being judged for taking the morning after pill until they’re lining up to get it

I was very nervous and I felt ashamed and embarrassed

It was my chance to take back control

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

I felt so awkward about other people knowing I had had sex

Why does the woman always have to be shamed?

I was being responsible and making an informed choice

I had forgotten to take my pill the day before

My partner and I use natural family planning

I was marched down to the pharmacy by my mum

We had a few drinks and ended up having sex

I was in a long term relationship at a festival

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

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

I was really nervous about taking the morning after pill

My boyfriend came with me to get the morning after pill

I’ve taken the morning after pill seven times

I felt judged for not using long term hormonal contraception

My sister was refused the morning after pill

I got the morning after pill for the first time yesterday

We had an awkward conversation about cycles and fertility

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

The lady asked my age and told me to go elsewhere

I went into the pharmacy and asked for ellaOne

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

It was uncomfortable to ask but the pharmacist was quite lovely in the end

It is my choice whether I want the morning after pill

I’ve felt quite judged every time I’ve used the morning after pill

I woke up after a drunken mistake and decided it was best for me to get ellaOne

I’ve used the morning after pill with two different partners

I only felt awkward at the pharmacy because I was embarrassed

I didn’t understand how the morning after pill worked

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

I went to the pharmacy and it wasn’t awkward

We went halves on the morning after pill

I have safe sex but accidents do happen

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

I felt completely alone going to the pharmacy

I’ve used emergency contraception twice with my partner

It was a spur of the moment thing

You can take emergency contraception up to five days after sex

He wasn’t prepared to give it to me

I felt ashamed for using condoms as my main form of contraception

I’m not sure if I want to have kids anytime soon. I literally work with kids in a Nursery

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

I sought emergency contraception during freshers week

It doesn’t mean the woman is sleeping about

It was my first time ever using a morning after pill

It felt like they were treating me like an inconvenience

I’d forgotten to take my pill

I recently took the morning after pill for the first time

We got caught up in the heat of the moment and didn’t use a condom

I asked for ellaOne as I’d seen it is ‘the most effective’ morning after pill

We all deserve to access emergency contraception free of judgement

I remember being scared of asking a pharmacist for the pill in front of other people

The whole purchase process made me feel nervous

I realised we didn’t use any protection

I’ve taken the morning after pill twice. I didn’t get pregnant.

I found her tone to be very judgemental

Stay away from men that will prioritise their pleasure over your safety

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

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

My boyfriend helped and supported my choice

The young pharmacist seemed more embarrassed than me

I’ve always used condoms as my primary form of contraception

Let’s break this judgement and stigma together!

The pharmacy was professional. I didn’t feel embarrassed at all

I decided to go and get the ellaOne morning after pill

I had been single for 7 years and decided to ‘get back on the horse’

I lost my virginity two days ago

I went to the sexual health clinic in a panic

I used the morning after pill because the condom snapped

I was refused the morning after pill at two different pharmacies

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

I had no side effects and felt more relaxed

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

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

I got a text to say the condom had split

I felt like I had let myself down and women down

The pharmacists were all understanding and didn’t judge

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

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

I really would have benefitted from knowing a bit more about it

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

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

I took the morning after pill when I was 36

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

I didn’t feel judged or threatened

The pharmacy staff took my mind off it

My husband and I went to the pharmacy and got the morning-after pill

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

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

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

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

I was relieved, it made me feel much less embarrassed

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

Once I took the morning after pill, I felt happy that I had plucked up the courage to get it

I went to the pharmacy to get the morning after pill

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

I got the morning after pill after a one night stand

I learnt my lesson: check the expiry date before using condoms

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

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

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

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

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

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

I didn’t regret taking the morning after pill

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

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

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

I went to the pharmacy on my lunch break

I’ve used the morning after pill while travelling abroad

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

The questions still stick with me to this day

The condom broke on a Friday night with my long term partner

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

I’ve taken the morning after pill four times

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

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

I’m only in university and it wouldn’t have been a good time to have a child

I got caught up in the moment and had unprotected sex

It was my decision to get the morning after pill

She gave me a sympathetic smile and said ‘don’t worry’

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

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

The fact that you now have a choice is incredible

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

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

I’ve taken the morning after pill 3 times

I tried to tell myself not to feel ashamed

I found this collection of stories incredibly heartening

They gave me the “use condoms” talk

I took the morning after pill and it was fine

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

I saw a tv ad for ellaOne in the cinema

The stigma surrounding the morning after pill gives me anxiety

I decided the best thing to do was to take ellaOne

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

I felt no judgement from the male pharmacist

I have taken the morning after pill a handful of times

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

My GP wasn’t judgemental about me getting emergency contraception

I bought the morning after pill after my contraceptive patch fell off

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

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

I took the morning after pill after losing my virginity

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

I found myself at the chemist seeking emergency contraception

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

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

I took emergency contraception when the condom had split without either of us noticing

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

I first took the morning after pill when I was 16 and hadn’t even had sex

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

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

The next day we realised we hadn’t touched the condoms we brought with us

The condom broke, so I took the morning after pill

The first time I used the morning after pill, I was in my late teens

My husband was waiting for his vasectomy when the condom broke

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

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

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

I took ellaOne and left the guy I was seeing

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

The pharmacist gave me two options and I chose ellaOne

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

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

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

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

I was so angry about the male pharmacists reaction

I left that clinic feeling like a promiscuous harlot

I went to the chemist to collect the morning after pill

I never had any issues with the morning after pill

I started to throw up a few weeks after taking the morning after pill

They told me to come back the next day

We have a new baby and my husband and I weren’t willing to risk another pregnancy