Struggling To Conceive Sunk Me Into Depression And Made Me Question The Point Of My Existence

There are so many reasons why we shouldn’t have tried again. The first time my partner and I tried to conceive, I was plunged into the darkest moment of my life. That sounds like an overstatement, but it’s pretty accurate. My entire upbringing was based on the idea that I would be a fully formed woman only when I gave birth to a child.

None of my accomplishments—no diploma, no publication, no job title would garner anywhere near the validation my relatives gave to each woman in my family who gave birth. I would remain a young adult, never a full-fledged woman, until I did this one thing. It wasn’t until I tried and failed to conceive that I realized how deeply flawed and damaging such a narrow definition of womanhood could be.

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