Hi all, this is a request from FPA (Family Planning Association). In September we’re running Sexual Health Week (15th – 21st) about emergency contraception (EC) – how it works, what our choices are, how to get it…
Lots of women don’t know there are three options (two different emergency pills, Levonelle and ellaOne, and the emergency IUD) and how each works, what the time limits are, etc. We’re also aware of lots of myths and half-truths – that using emergency contraception is the same as an abortion, it’s not safe to use while breastfeeding, that repeat use will make you infertile…
It’s so important that women know the facts about emergency contraception, and that we’re able to get it easily, without barriers – from embarrassment and stigma, to not knowing what you can get and where from. Stats show that women who already have children are the biggest group accessing abortions – so we know how vital it is that women can rely on emergency contraception to help plan our families in the way we choose.
We’re hoping you can tell us about your own experiences of emergency contraception – the good, bad, ugly, indifferent – anything at all. This can be an anonymous quote, or a named quote, or a quote with a picture or even a short video clip – whatever you feel comfortable with!
It could be a story about how difficult it was to get hold of EC because the local clinic only had appointments for under 25s, or the opening hours were too restrictive around work commitments, or it could be about a great pharmacist or nurse who made you feel completely at ease and helped make getting EC a straightforward process. We’d also be interested in hearing whether, when asking for EC, you were told about the option of an emergency IUD. The IUD is considered the most effective method because of its low failure rate, but many women don’t know it can be used as EC.
We’ll be using your stories on the campaign page of our website and some will be used in media releases to help explain why it’s so important that women have straightforward information about all their choices. We’re also hoping to produce a series of videos.
If you can help please get in touch by emailing [email protected] (preferably before the end of August)
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