Childless is a term that refers to a person or couple that does not have any children.

Some reasons for childlessness include:

  • infertility or other medical problems
  • lack of appropriate resources (financial, community, etc)
  • lack of a partner, or lack of willingness from their partner
  • advancing age


Some people make a conscious decision to refrain from procreating or adopting children; many such people identify with the label of childfree. Many childfree individuals prefer the term childfree to the term childless, because the suffix "--less" may imply that their lives are lacking in some way, when childfree individuals typically feel that their lives are complete without children. To accomplish the goal of remaining childfree, some childfree individuals undergo medical sterilization.


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