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

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Written by: Anonymous, 26, York

I was 23 and had just given birth to my second child. My partner and I had unprotected sex – but were not ready for another baby – so I ordered the morning after pill online through a local pharmacy.

I answered the questions online and paid online. I received an email saying it was fine for me to take the pill. The next morning I just said I had an order to pick up and no questions were asked.

I felt a bit embarrassed when I arrived, but I was reassured when the woman brought the bag out. She didn’t really say much, she just passed it to me and that was that. No judgement. I wasn’t worried about side effects, nor did I experience any. I didn’t get pregnant and I would take the morning after pill again if I needed to. I would recommend it to a friend if she was in a similar situation and wanted to avoid pregnancy.

I think women are judged about having emergency contraception, I think it’s why some women leave it too long and opt for other choices.

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.