Having a hysterectomy (an operation where a woman's uterus/womb is surgically removed) is such a hard decision to take for any woman. Because this procedure spells the end of a woman's ability to get pregnant / becoming a mother. Normally, most doctors will persuade you into trying other non-surgical options first (hormonal treatment etc) unless the patient already had children. But the fact that any other treatment to cure my adeno aren't helping --and the pain has begun to consume my daily activity--a hyst is definitely the best way to go. My sisters (I have four sisters) weren't happy with my decision but they honored it anyway.
Here in Indonesia (maybe in other part of the world too), having children will be on the minds of most women. I would say there is a cultural expectation from families, society, colleagues, etc...that women have to marry and have children. "How many kids do you have?" or "When are you going to have kids?" questions is just so much part of every day conversation that it gets asked all the time when you meet your relatives, friends, etc. My eldest sister was devastated when she miscarried and had to wait for six years before having my niece, V.
If you’re married and choosing not to have kids, you won't get congratulations but questions. "Why? Are you sure about that? You’ll regret it later when you’re older, Oh you'll change your mind!", etc ... People are so interested in making you conform to the same standards they have.
I love kids - and considered myself lucky since I have two nieces and one nephew. I find that renting my siblings little critters is much more effective for me than owning. The kids love their auntie and I find an equal joy in pampering them. I am not worry with "who's gonna take care of me when I get older" either. Because there's no guarantees--even if I had kids--that they will care for me when the time comes. Life isn't about what happens to you but how you react to it - you have a choice!. That said, I admire people who want to be / already be parents. Do you ever feel under pressure to have kids?