We Want To Hear Your Morning After Stories
In many ways it's never been a better time to be a woman, we are more empowered than ever to break the glass ceiling, get into politics and march for the planet. But the system falls a little short when it comes to our bodies. Especially the concept of emergency contraception.
While most of us know what it is and where to get the morning after pill, no one really talks openly about it - it's a 'confession' to a friend or a conversation you dread having over the counter. We want to change that.
Sharing openly is how we can empower other women to shed the stigma and take full control of their reproductive choices - and be proud of it, too! So we're telling the real stories of women who've used emergency contraception - and we want to hear yours.
Maybe your experience is like 25-year-old Georgina's. "I have taken the morning after pill twice. People are surprised when I talk candidly about it," she says. "To some people, it's an admission of guilt, that you messed up, that you were 'irresponsible.' This makes no sense to me! Irresponsibility is the lack of response, of assertive action. No one feels irresponsible asking for cough medicine or plasters."
Submit your story of how you've used the emergency contraception here - it's an open forum for people to share their unique experiences of taking the morning after pill.
In partnership with ellaOne, the most effective morning after pill*, PRETTY52 will be creating an inspiring video piece around women owning their choice to access the morning after pill in an aim to start the conversation and give women the power to talk and share their lived experiences when it comes to their own bodies.
You'll inspire other women to share their own stories about making a decision that is right for them. Women have the right to decide what they want to do with their bodies, and to be respected for making an informed choice about them. That includes emergency contraception (visit ellaone.co.uk for more info).
The #MyMorningAfter campaign is encouraging open and honest conversations about sex, bodies and contraception. It's about ending the judgment, shame and embarrassment that society puts on female bodies - the same societal stigma that still surrounds the morning after pill. If the condom breaks, you miss a pill or you get caught up in the moment, you should be able to lessen your risk of unplanned pregnancy without others judging you for it.
To help change the narrative, join the conversation and share your My Morning After story here.
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 instructions on the package leaflet carefully. *Verify the 'most effective morning after pill' claim at ellaone.co.uk/verify.