When I met my husband at age 18, we pretty much were inseparable from that point on. After getting married, we did what a lot of married couples do; got excited about our dual income household, not to mention we lived somewhere with ridiculously cheap rent and my husband’s new job was a significant raise from what he had been making, so we felt and acted like we hit the lottery. We had two car payments, credit cards, student loans, etc. When we wanted something, we bought it on credit.
The real break down came when I lost not 1, not 2, but 3 jobs… in a row.
I live in a society and culture that loves children. Women commonly have children very early in their lives, by choice. It is not uncommon for a woman in her mid-twenties to have several children and be planning to have more in the coming years. Despite whether or not it is anyone’s business, a woman age 23+ that is married will be asked, sometimes frequently, when she is going to have children.
We also live in a time where speaking out about infertility is becoming increasingly more common.
But one group of women that aren’t speaking out much yet are the ones that make a choice not to have children.