But where do you stand?
For many people, the ability to have children is one of life’s many blessings. And, for those who discover they can’t have a baby, it can be an incredibly difficult and painful time.
So, how would you feel if you discovered that a woman had opted to undergo sterilization surgery at just 26 years old?
Well, that is what Holly Brockwell decided to do. Appearing on Tuesday’s Loose Women, Holly who is now 31 years old defended her decision to seal her fallopian tubes in 2016 after an extensive four year battle with doctors.
Holly, who appeared on the show with her partner Zack said, “Everyone thinks they’re going to have kids. As I got older and the more I got into serious relationships […] I thought, ‘I don’t feel good about this, I don’t want this.”
The 31-year-old also went on to explain that it was not a decision she had taken lightly. Only after experiencing negative side effects from other contraceptive methods and doing extensive research, did she make the decision to undergo surgery.
Turning to Zack, the Loose Women panel asked him how he felt about his girlfriend’s decision. “I’ve never wanted children. It’s never been part of my life plan either” he replied.
While Holly was incredibly brave to appear on the TV show to discuss what is a very personal decision and lifestyle choice, the topic of sterilisation at such a young age divided viewers.
Some praised Holly and shared their own experiences of being criticised for not wanting children. However, others expressed their disbelief that she had been allowed to make such a life-changing decision so young.
“Coming from someone who wasn’t able to have children I find this quite hard to accept but at the end of the day it’s her choice” wrote one person.
“I hope for her sake she never feels the maternal ache that many of us have unexpectedly felt at several times in our lives” said another.
While Catherine Ball took to Twitter to say, “Well done @Holly for speaking out on Loose Women. Not all women want children and no one should be judged for their own personal choice.”
“I was once called selfish for not wanting children and told who would look after you when your old” said Mandy Hayes.