An Introduction to Not Having (More) Children

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Not having children, or not having more children, is a family planning option that is often pursued when a carrier feels like other options may not be the right choice for themselves or their family. This is a very personal decision that carries psychological impacts such as feelings of regret, facing judgment from family, friends or society, and/or sadness over not having a child or more children. Speaking to a mental health counselor may be especially helpful for genetic carriers considering this option.

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This project is sponsored by Myriad Genetics.

Master List

Check out our X-linked condition master list.

To date, there have been hundreds of X-linked conditions identified—many of them only affecting a few people around the world. While all X-linked conditions are caused by mutations on the X chromosome, each condition is different and has a unique set of symptoms.

Genetic Counselor

Find a genetic counselor for additional advice.

Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals who help individuals and families understand how genetic information impacts their lives. A genetic counselor can provide the most relevant information about each family planning option and answer your questions.

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Connect with others like you in our Facebook support group.

Remember The Girls runs a private Facebook group with over 1,300 members impacted by more than 40 X-linked conditions and from more than 30 countries in the world. Join our online community of females impacted by X-linked conditions to seek and provide support, ask questions, find resources, and learn how to advocate.