Childfree or Childless...What's the Difference?

Childfree or Childless...What's the Difference?

  • 22 Oct 2021
  • Jerra Mitchell

When I first embraced this space of proudly proclaiming my choice to remain childfree, I thought the word "childfree" meant either by choice OR circumstance.

Needless to say, I was wrong...

Yes, I was correct in the interpretation that childfree women have no desire to have children. On the other hand, a childless woman actually desires children, but due to infertility issues, she's unable to have them. 

There was a time when I thought I wanted children (mainly due to societal pressures), but due to having fibroids, doctors told me it would be a slim-to-none chance of me ever being able to have them. 

When I was 15, I KNEW without a shadow of a doubt that I didn't want children. 

I'm both childfree by choice, and childless by circumstance. 

Now that I've defined both words and provided examples, do you understand the difference between the two groups of women?

I certainly do, and I'll make a conscious effort to never mistakenly classify them again. 

How about you? 

Signing out, 

Jerra Latrice

Founder, Unfertilized Eggs

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