How Can It Affect Mental Health?
The stigma of not having children can weigh heavily on some people’s minds, and can even affect their mental health. For women, the pressure to have children is much more present compared to men3.
The problem with this is that some women are physically unable to bear children. And some women who are able to bear children might not want kids for personal reasons. Either way, the pressure these women experience can have a detrimental effect on their general mental health.
Some people might make them feel “inadequate”, and or even irresponsible or selfish for not having children. In fact, some women are even perceived as being “less” by other women if they are unable to have children or if they simply choose not to have children.
Men can also face judgment if they don’t have any children. If a man is sterile or doesn’t want kids, other people might judge him for being emasculated, or not being virile or manly enough to have children.
All of these things can lead to mental health problems such as added stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feelings of blame and guilt, etc4.
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