Why I got my tubes tied at 27

January 20, 2011 • Family Planning, United States, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Ann Jensen for this article.

When I was 7 years old, a family friend graphically described to me how she gave birth. I don’t remember the exact details — it was an awkward barrage of information about whether or not to have an epidural — but I do remember my
unambiguous response: “I’m never having kids.”

I didn’t say that because I was grossed out. Even as a child, I knew conventional parenthood wasn’t meant to be part of my adult life. The family friend responded the same way countless people would for the next 20 years: She told me I’d change my mind when I met the right man.

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