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LINK 24-year-old's sterilization photoshoot sparks conversation about women choosing child-free lives

Whereas I always knew I wanted kids, have have never regretted having them, my middle daughter does not want children and I support her decision 1000%. Her dad otoh not so much. That daughter is an excellent auntie, and she is now parenting her parents, she's not missing anything.

'While I have many reasons for not wanting to get pregnant and wanting to be child-free, at the end of the day, 'I don't want to have kids' is reason enough and should be respected.'

A 24-year-old's tongue-in-cheek sterilization photoshoot after undergoing a sterilization procedure has sparked an important conversation in social media circles. Abby Ramsay went viral on TikTok last month after sharing a compilation of photos taken in a typical pregnancy announcement or gender reveal style. In the video—which has been viewed more than 3.8 million times since being uploaded on February 2—Ramsay approaches a box with "Congratulations" written on the side. With excitement clear on her face, she raises the lid of the box to reveal the paperwork for the sterilization surgery.

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"If you know me, you know that I decided to live the child-free life since I was at least 16. When I turned 19 I decided to start looking into permanent sterilization. The first OBGYN I brought this up to told me I needed therapy (I was already getting therapy at the time) and told me she would not discuss it with me," Ramsay wrote on Instagram. "Another basically just blamed all my problems on hormones and sent me away with birth control pills, even though I told her multiple times that they made me violently ill. Another said that no one should ever get a surgery they don't absolutely need (even after I brought up plastic surgery and my family history of ovarian cancer which the surgery would also help prevent)."

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"Many of these meetings left me frustrated at the least and traumatized at the most. I was infantilized and not listened to and not taken seriously. I was told I was too young to make such a permanent decision and then told I should have a baby in the same breath as if that was somehow less permanent. Finally, in December I found a doctor who listened to me, and even figured out why I have been in so much pain for years! My surgery is scheduled for February 4th, and I can't describe the relief and excitement and nerves that I feel," she continued. "I know my body, and I know what is right for me, and I want to thank my doctors for recognizing that and working with my needs. We need more doctors like that. Wish me luck in my surgery."

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According to BuzzFeed, Ramsay underwent a combination surgery including a bilateral salpingectomy—in which doctors remove both fallopian tubes—and an endometrial ablation, which removes a layer of the endometrium aka the tissue lining a uterus. She reportedly chose this combination to eliminate her chances of having an unwanted pregnancy and also for the relief endometrial ablations can offer those like her, who experience long, heavy periods that interrupt their daily life. While her bill would have been around $116,000 without insurance, Abby said her total out-of-pocket cost totaled $1,000.

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Speaking of why doctors she consulted with refused to perform the operation, Abby said: "The main reasonings they gave were age and possibility of regret. One said she didn't believe in performing 'unnecessary surgery' and said she was against things like plastic surgery, too. The third doctor I ever saw basically insinuated that there was something wrong with me for not wanting children and said I needed to go to therapy to get my brain fixed so I could have kids someday. There were times I went home crying. Other times I just wanted to scream. Other times I just felt numb and empty. It was frustrating. My pain and my desires and my goals and my life were all dismissed because of a baby that didn't even exist. A hypothetical person had more control over my future than I did."

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Ramsay revealed she nearly teared up when she finally found a doctor who respected her decision. "All she needed was to listen to me for five minutes before saying alright, and immediately telling me my options, and procedures she thought might be right for me. I almost burst into tears of joy right then and there," she said. "I didn’t know how much I just needed someone to listen to me for once. To believe that maybe I knew myself better than they did. I brought that up to her a little, and to the doctor who ended up doing my surgery—my initial doctor had to get her own surgery and recommended me to her coworker—and both of them basically said, 'You clearly know what you want and have thought about this for a long time.' It was like a breath of fresh air."

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Not having to over-explain herself and campaign for a procedure she wanted was the ultimate relief, Ramsay said. "While I have many reasons for not wanting to get pregnant and wanting to be child-free—from genetics to fears and medical concerns—at the end of the day, 'I don’t want to have kids' is reason enough and should be respected," she concluded.

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As my Mom always said, 'Mind ya own gawddamn business '...don't like someone's choice for their life? Change the channel..


It can be challenging to support a person's choice to do something we wouldn't do ourselves, but we ourselves choose things that others don't understand. So there.


A friend's daughter had to fight to get her tubes tied at 24. She finally found a doctor that was willing, after trying 7 other doctors that refused for various reasons. She's said her entire life she didn't want kids. Her fiance, walked in after scheduling a vasectomy and no questions. We still fight bias.


I chose to have a tubal ligation in mt late twenties. No regrets. Have lost track of how many times I have been criticized for not wanting/having kids, almost as if it's a personality flaw or something. A man making the same choice would not be viewed the same, just as men can be bachelors their whole lives without criticism and I get lip for that as well. I have actually had people ask me what's wrong with me! What in the actual fuck. THIS is misogyny!!!!!!

MizJ Level 8 Mar 12, 2022

My ex husband/father of my kids put pressure on our middle daughter to have kids. He is giving her less money in his will than her sisters as she doesn't have kids. Yet she is the one that takes him to his doctor's appointments and he stayed at her house after his surgery. This daughter was also delivering groceries to me and to her dad during the height of the pandemic. She doesn't need a baby, she has him. Misogny is rampant in our society. My aunt never married or had kids and she was regarded as an old maid. My brother never married or fathered kids and no one commented. In my brother's case it is an excellent thing that he never had kids, there are enough messed up young people in the world.

No, it's not just women. I get criticized for the "stupid" choice I made letting the love of my life go to avoid having kids.

@JeffMurray Having different goals in re to kids/family makes a couple incompatible. Seems like a no brainer, not sure why it is seen as a choice any more than whether or not someone likes broccoli.

@MizJ Aside from the fact that I don't actually believe in "choice" meaning that the degree to which one enjoys the taste of broccoli and whether or not they like/want/would have kids are both equally controllable by the person, they are saying that I could have chosen to have kids to keep her.

But I agree. We were incompatible, sadly.

@JeffMurray An argument could be made that she could have chosen to not have children. That's what irks me. Why is it that wanting kids is considered the norm and not wanting them is seen as somehow wrong?

@MizJ For sure. Actually, not having kids was the status quo, she's the one that wanted to change the dynamics of our relationship. And it's in a way that makes no sense to me. Why would you be so lucky as to be one of the few people that finds a relationship where the two people love each other more than anything else in the world, then create a thing that you both love more than each other? It's bananas.

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