Not having children
Some people decide that they don’t want to have fertility treatment or adopt or foster a child.
Many people don’t have children, either as a result of cancer or for other medical reasons, or simply because the time has never felt right.
Some people take an interest in the children of family members or friends, and perhaps become a special and much loved aunt or uncle. Some people decide to go into jobs that bring them into a lot of contact with children - such as teaching, paediatric nursing or social work - and enjoy that. Other people find that contact with children is not very important to them and they can enjoy their adult lives with very little contact with children.
We’re all different. If you find yourself feeling distressed at any point now or in the future at the idea of not being able to have your own children, there are professionals and organisations experienced in helping people cope.