In a story shared by Popular Nigerian Doctor, @Aproko_Doctor, we feel a lot of Nigerians, especially the ladies find it difficult to purchase contraceptives meant from their own protection. This has been down to various religious, cultural or moral beliefs. However these acts make these persons very uneasy & ashamed to make these purchases.
According to @Aproko_doctor, “My friend (who is a lady) went to buy condoms and the shop owner started preaching to her.”
Other people’s decisions are not your business. It is attitudes like these that prevent people from getting contraceptives, because they might feel judged at the counter.
I know ladies, that go as far as another local government to get emergency contraceptives because the people on her street will gossip about it. What is worse is when a married woman even attempts to buy them.
People at the point of sales or health workers need to let go of their bias, whatever they might be. If we’re honest, the effect is more on the ladies than the guys and women who go out to buy contraceptives are seen as promiscuous.
After this was shared, a number of persons shared their experiences that happened when they went to purchase contraceptives as follows;
@Moses_Velo: I know guys who in their thirties too shy to buy common condom because of what people would say.
I thank my elder brothers who advised me never to care about what people think. This way I was able to avoid STDs.
@Bea_Esse: I was at a pharmacy some time ago back in school to get an after pill cuz I was trying to avoid pregnancy o, this woman at the pharmacy just looked at me and said she cannot give me cuz at my age I shouldn’t be having sex. I just hissed,eyed her and left.
@shininlite0326: These people are reasons girls don’t like going to the doctors for checkups. They would rather self medicate when they suspect they have an infection till it becomes unmanageable. Sad.
@Chancesojumah: Me I don’t have time for rubbish. I no dey send their face at all, when I was single or even as I don marry still carry myself to the pharmacy to buy condom, most times I even buy varieties..and in case I forget to use protection, I carry myself go straight to buy contraceptive.
@Akanke_tanso: They’ll look at you like, you came to kidnap somebody. I am always surprised. They’ll even wrap it inside nylon for you. Let it now be some morning after pill, oh Jesus, they’ll be looking like a thief in the night before handing it over to you.
You have to be able to stand being labelled anyways, if you don’t mind being labelled, you move. One day, I actually confronted some attendants in good Yoruba, I gave them good education. Do you want to sell or you want to keep looking at me like didinrin ndato?
@R_gaiusdavid: First time I went to the pharmacy to get condom, I stood there for some time waiting for every one to clear. no way
Finally had to call a friend to come meet me, d guy went straight to the attendant and said “give me 4 pack” all eyes on him, he wasn’t move, that day I learnt😁
Those are a few comments from those who have felt embarrassed when they went to purchase contraceptive.
Have you felt same before?? Share your story with us via comment below!