(Closed) SO may be having doubts… Please help!

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
6386 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t think either one of you are being selfish.  He wants to have biological children with the woman that he marries.  He’s made this very clear to you.  While I don’t agree with his thinking on this, he has the right to his own opinion.  The fact that he’s telling you before he proposes means he’s just being honest.  Maybe this is just something that the two of you just don’t see eye to eye on.  It seems like if you want to marry him, you’re going to have to get certain results from your doctor.  If this is something that is going to make you sad/resentful, it’s probably something that you should consider before marrying him.

Post # 4
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Instead of focusing on what he’s going to do, I think you need to take some time and think about how you want to react to this. I understand differences of opinion on wanting kids or not can (and sometimes should) be a deal breaker, but this is totally different IMO. If everything turns out fine and you can have kids, is this problem going to totally go away and everything will go back to normal? Are you going to feel secure in your relationship?

I know it’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but I think you really need to think about if you still want a future with him. What if something happened to you medically after you were married that made it impossible for you to have kids? Would he leave you then? Marriage means taking the bad times with the good, and based on his reaction to this I’m not sure he’s willing to do that.

And no I don’t think you are selfish for feeling this way, I would be very hurt and angry.

Post # 5
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

No you most certainly are not being selfish. 

When theres no love I can understand how no children can really be a deal breaker, I also understand how one not wanting to have children can be a deal breaker  but I do not think a proposal should be conditional on whether you can have babies or not. That, to me, doesnt sound like true love. 

Definitely talk to him, tell him how you feel and that his actions are causing you resent him and see if you can live with the fact that if everything had not been ok he may have left you.

Post # 6
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


I’m so sorry that you’re feeling this way, it must be so hard. 

I want to let you know you’re not at all being selfish. You love your SO and want to be with him, and I would be crushed if this were happening to me. I don’t want tot say anything too judgemental because it wouldn’t be helpful to you. 

I can understand that you don’t place as much importance on biological children as your SO does. That’s his right, and unfortunately even though you wouldn’t resent him for not being able to conceive with you if it were to happen, you can’t also change his mind. It might just be THAT important to him, you know?

I don’t want to say too much, just want to support you. Let us know how things go, we’re here. 

Post # 8
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Waitingforthatdaywithray:  You may not be able to change the way he feels about preferring a biological child over an adopted child.  I would definitely make an appointment with your Ob/GYN and take him with you so he can ask questions.  At least your SO is honest about his intentions and expectations. Get this resolved sooner rather than later because it sounds like it’s a dealbreaker for him.  I would seriously reconsider my realtionship with this guy because ultimately if you are unable to conceive it sounds like he will leave you anyway.

Post # 9
1099 posts
Bumble bee

My advice: don’t worry too much about what he said. He just wants to know what the situation is before getting married, and that is 100% responsible and ok in my books. That doesn’t mean he will break up with you if you can’t conceive. A lot of guys have it in their head that they need to conceive naturally or not at all, but when it comes down to conceiving “artificially” with the woman they love, or “naturally” with a woman they don’t, they choose the former. 

Don’t worry about your relationship for now, just go to the doctor. You should do it anyways. See what the results are, then figure it out.

Post # 10
1099 posts
Bumble bee

Oh and I wish you the best of luck! 🙂

Post # 11
8700 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013


Anyone could have fertility problems and not know it until you’ve been TTC!

His desire to marry you should not be based on the condition of your eggs!

Basing your proposal on your (probably) traumatic miscarriage is HORRIBLE. Really, really awful!

Did you not suffer for that enough already?


Post # 12
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with most of what has been said above… I can see his point of view, but it seems to be an extremely closed minded one. Yes, if biological children is a priority, then obviously he has the right to ask you to get information about this. And it may be stressful on your relationship (or any relationship!) if you are TTC and it doesn’t happen. And if it’s so important to him that it’s a deal breaker, that’s his own issue. But one of the things you find important in a relationship is a partner who will be supportive of you no matter the circumstance. If he is not willing to be that partner, then there is some serious thought that should be going on.


Personally (and I want to highlight that this truly is meant to be about our relationship, not neccesarily yours), if my DH had said that before our engagement, it would have been the end of us. It’s not that it would have been easy, or happened on the spot. But I wouldn’t have felt comfortable marrying someone who would put a limit like that on his love and devotion towards me. We made it a point to go over many scenerios… illnesses, injuries, financial burdens etc., and discussed whether we would stand by one another through those things. Obviously one never knows until one is in that situation, but it was important to ME that I had a partner who would be willing to stand by me no matter what. I’m not saying that you should go the same route and throw your relationship away. But I would be leery of someone who would be willing to throw your relationship away over something that you cannot control or change about yourself. 

Post # 13
1845 posts
Buzzing bee

@BrandNewBride:  I agree. What a jerk. She is only wife material if she can provide him with biological children? I can understand going your separate ways if one of you wants children and the other does not; but this is so different to me. He would be wiling to move on in search of a woman who can help him pass on his genes? He needs to get over himself. I would be questioning how much he loves me.

Post # 15
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@BrandNewBride:  I completely agree! AWFUL. 

I think it’s YOU who should be the one having second thoughts! What is this, medieval England??? You have to prove you’re able to produce an heir? Who knows what will happen in the future? NO ONE knows, that is why marriage is based upon a leap of faith.

I can’t believe there are so women on here saying “well, he’s just being honest”. A healthy marriage is based upon the strength of the relationship of the couple first and foremost. A person who truly loves the other person does not place conditions on love.

I would be SO EFFING PISSED OFF if my Fiance was predicating our relationship on coming to a doctor appointment. I would tell him where to go then and there. So disrespectful.

Post # 16
800 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I know it doesn’t feel like it right now, but this guy just did you a huge favour. He demonstrated with utter clarity that he wants as a future wife not a life partner, but a brood mare. That’s how he sees his wife – a growth chamber for his magnificent sperm. And if you can’t fulfil your purpose, you’re not good enough.

Dump him. Now. Please. You deserve someone better.

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