Truth be told, I wouldn't know much about the issue. I have no children, but I am in the age group to seriously start thinking about such things. I have PCOS and take a LOT of medication for other chronic illnesses. I'm not sure that these medications could ever be stopped, even if I managed to get pregnant with a ton of fertility treatments (OH GOD, I COULD BE THE NEXT OCTOMOM!...terrifying thought).
I've often wondered about adoption. Alas, I have the feeling that no one is going to give a baby to someone with a history of mental health problems.
When I was young, I didn't even really want to have a family. I wanted adventure. I wanted to be able to get on planes whenever the urge hit, and visit all of the places in the world. Writing about these experiences was my dream back in the day. Now, I have become a mandatory homebody. I make the best of my situation, but I must admit the place gets very, very lonely. I would love to have a family to nurture. The scary thing is, I don't even know if I fully could.
I remember one particularly traumatic experience at my old psychiatrist's office. She received papers which had shown that I had visited our one fertility specialist on the Island. I wasn't even there for pregnancy options, as I was needing further treatment for my PCOS side effects. My psychiatrist took the visit to mean I wanted to get pregnant immediately, despite my comments to the contrary. She proceeded to tell me that I would be a horrible mother, and to get the thought out of my mind entirely. I cried and cried and cried and cried and got another psychiatrist.
Either way, I am not looking to have a child just yet. Maybe never. But I sure wish that the circumstances were different. Chronic illness means that I have to devote more time to taking care of myself, and it leaves very little to spend on other people. It looks like I will end up having the four-legged children instead (hopefully I can handle them!).
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I wish I could ask for advice, but this is probably a personal issue haha!