She says the availability of the emergency contraceptive called Plan B, commonly known as the “morning-after-pill”, which is popular in most local campuses was supposed to make life easier for students.
Sister Leisanyane’s pharmacy is located in down-town Maseru, where it serves students from the four big institutions in the capital city, including Lerotholi Polytechnic (Fokothi), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), the Institute of Development Management (IDM) and the Lesotho Institute of Public Administration and Management (LIPAM).
“I cannot deny the fact that my business is doing very well in terms of the morning after pill sale, many young people, especially students are my top customers,” she said.
She added: “They normally come in great numbers after the weekends; this is because young couples get busy over the weekend. Most often than not, they became careless and forget protection.”
She said although most women are aware of the emergency contraception, it is however, an aspect of prevention that a lot of people always question, from how much it costs to its safety.
“Some people have absolutely no side effects from using the pill while others misuse the contraception by taking it like ordinary medication.
“The long-term effect of abusing morning after-pills include completely changing women’s menstrual cycles and making them ill for long periods of time,” Sister Leisanyane also said.
She added: “The price of the pill differs depending on the type and the length of time that has passed since the woman has had unprotected sex.”
A tertiary student who spoke to Metro on condition of anonymity said as young women, they want the freedom to have access to the emergency contraception as it helps them prevent unwanted pregnancies.
“I wish the pill could be given another name except ‘Morning after pill’ because as soon as people hear about it, all they think about is that whoever is taking it had unprotected sex the night before,” the young woman also said.