These are the ways Brits try to get away from a partner the morning after having sex
Pretending to have an early work meeting, using a fake name and ‘acting weird’ are among the ways Brits try to get away from a partner the morning after having sex, a study has found.
A poll of 2,000 17-35-year-olds has revealed the unscrupulous techniques used to escape after sleeping with someone.
And when it comes to trying to get a date to leave your home, the tricks include offering to book them a taxi, walking them to the bus stop and starting to vacuum.
The research, commissioned by ellaOne, also revealed what most people expect the morning after sex, with offering a cup of tea seen as the pinnacle of good manners, followed by letting your partner have a lie-in.
Giving them a kiss on the cheek was named by 43 per cent of Brits as being good ‘morning after etiquette’ while most would expect a text or WhatsApp.
To coincide with the research, ellaOne, the most effective morning after pill, has launched its Morning After Manners campaign, which aims to ignite conversation around sex, dating and contraception, including how to act after a contraceptive fail has occurred.
A spokesperson for ellaOne said: “We are really excited to launch the new ‘Morning After Manners’ campaign to help ignite and normalize conversations about emergency contraception.
“We want to encourage men and women to make the topic of emergency contraception both parties’ responsibility.
“By inspiring individuals to be more open about this topic, we can break the stigma about seeking emergency contraception after unprotected sex.
“We are dedicated to making individuals aware of the contraceptive options available to them, so they are able to make informed choices.”
The study also found that although emergency contraception was seen as a female responsibility in the past, today seven in 10 feel it is the responsibility of both parties.
And almost half of men would go with a partner after a first date to get emergency contraception if required.
Nearly three-quarters of young people also said they have discussed contraception with new partners.
But if their partner said they were on the pill, only a third would always believe them.
A fifth of guys admit to asking to see the pill for proof, while one in 10 would snoop through a woman’s drawers for evidence.
Worryingly, if unprotected sex or contraceptive failure occurred after sex, 18 per cent of people wouldn’t know where and how to access emergency contraception.
Equally, almost a fifth of men would rather forgo sex for a month rather than discuss emergency contraception.
Dr Dawn Harper said; “I’m shocked to hear so many men would give up sex for a month rather than have a conversation about emergency contraception and that women are fearful of talking to GPs and pharmacists about the topic.
“I am glad to see a campaign that aims to help normalise these conversations, as unprotected sex or contraceptive failure could happen to anyone.
“It’s nothing to be ashamed about and is something we all need to be more clued up on”
It also emerged there is still a stigma attached to collecting the morning after pill, with a third of females feeling embarrassed to ask for it.
A quarter of women would wait until there were no other customers around to ask for it, while 12 per cent would venture to another town to purchase it to avoid bumping into someone they might know.
Almost a quarter of women also admit to lying to doctors or pharmacists when accessing the morning after pill, by saying the condom had split when they hadn’t used one.
Others fib because they worry the truth would cause them to be judged, be thought of as irresponsible or because they were embarrassed.
The research also revealed that 49 per cent women would rather purchase online than in-store.
To help young people navigate the awkward ‘morning after’ conversation, ellaOne has created a website with information on how to communicate about the topic. www.MorningAfterManners.co.uk also contains information on emergency contraception, and where to find it.