My husband shares the responsibility of contraception with me

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Written by anonymous, 27, Bedfordshire

The first time I used the morning after pill was this year. I was 26, I’m happily married, and I’ve been off the pill for over a year now. The idea is to let my body settle naturally before trying to start a family. My husband and I attended a wedding, and both had too much to drink. You can put the rest together.
Thankfully, my husband shares the responsibility of contraception with me, he came with me to the pharmacy and paid for it. I found the pharmacy so awkward: the woman behind the counter knew my husband and began chatting to him, making it very embarrassing for me to then ask for what I need.

Question: why on earth isn’t there a way to ask for VERY personal things without having to quietly murmur it in front of several strangers? A code or a writing pad readily available would be much better.

Anyway, embarrassment over, the pharmacist took me into a side room where I was very open, honest and frank about the situation. I didn’t feel judged at all, but I can understand why women attending alone may worry about this. I was given the pill, although the price did leave a sting in my husband’s wallet following the bar tab the night before.

All that aside, it works out financially cheaper and much less painful than risking a pregnancy you’re not quite ready for. Lesson learned by my husband and I.

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.