Two Kenyan women have shared their experience with the morning after pill commonly known as P2 among them being unwanted pregnancies and painful abdomens.
Three years ago, Erica* (not her real name) missed her period but dismissed it as an after-effect of p2.
She had been engaging in unprotected sex with her boyfriend of about a year, and she would take the pills thereafter.
“I would take them three or four times a week because we rarely used protection. I was completely sure they would keep me from getting pregnant,”
He was her first sexual partner, and conversations with her friends suggested the pills were the safest way to prevent pregnancy.
“When I talked to my friends about it, they told me their boyfriends bought the pills for them and it always worked. So I was sure about it.
She started to suspect she was pregnant after experiencing fatigue and nausea. A pregnancy test came back positive.
“I started getting scared that my sister would realise I was pregnant so I had to get rid of the pregnancy,” she said.
Ellen* took P2 for the first time seven years ago, when she also lost her virginity and has been taking them ever since..
“I took all of them together because I was afraid if I took one pill and skipped the other for 12 hours, it would fail.
Once I take them, I feel a pinch in my abdomen and it gives me a lot of anxiety and panic attacks because I don’t want to get pregnant. I’m not ready.”
The pills have never backfired on her.
“I take them once or twice a year. The rest of the time I use condoms or withdrawal,” she said.
Ellen says she is not convinced taking the pills 12 hours apart will work, so prefers to take the dose at once.