A childfree woman shared her frustrations in a TikTok video after her gynecologist denied her request for sterilization and instead gave her a brochure for IUD insertion.
While many of us can name people in our lives who consider the reward of having a child they'll love forever as the best thing that's ever happened to them, it seems there are just as many people who can't imagine someone feeling differently with the same level of conviction.
And it's for that reason that no matter how fervently some people say that they don't want children over the course of many years, they'll often report that others will simply refuse to accept this answer. Despite the fact that research has shown that adults without children can be just as happy as parents, these die-hard procreation advocates always seem so sure that any childfree person will eventually change their minds.
But as annoying as such rhetoric is from a pushy relative, it's all the more frustrating when it's coming from your doctor. Because as a woman who had to wait six years before she found a doctor willing to sterilize her can attest, it's more common for medical professionals to make this similar assumption and dismiss your plans for your own body.
And as one woman recently described, the struggle of trying to convince them otherwise is a persistent and almost dehumanizing problem.