Not having children
You may decide that you don’t want to have fertility treatment or adopt or foster a child.
Many people don’t have children, either because of cancer, other medical reasons, or simply because the time has never felt right.
Other members of your family or close friends may have children. If possible, you could get involved in their upbringing. You might choose to work with children, for example in teaching, paediatric nursing or social work. Or, you may find you don’t need this contact with children. We are all different.
If you feel distressed at any time about not being able to have your own children, there is help available. You may want to contact a support organisation that has trained professionals to provide emotional support.