It's an awkward conversation when some one asks if Brent and I are 'trying' to get pregnant. Have you thought about what the word 'trying' infers? When did asking someone you barely know indirectly about their sex life become appropriate?
If it's a close friend of family member, it's not so bizarre, but when it's a mere acquaintance- their question of whether or not I'm on birth control and engaging in the act that produces children is STRANGE.
I'm in Utah. I'm 30. I don't have kids. I'm an anomaly. I get it.
Are we so depraved of conversation topics that acquaintances want to discuss whether or not Brent and I are trying to reproduce? What if our marriage is hanging on by a thread and decided not to bring children into the issue? What if I have ovarian cancer? Do you really want me to rant about how 14 year olds get pregnant every day and I can't seem to conceive? Maybe I don't want to spend my life in endless personal and financial sacrifice, dedicating my life to children that once they hit puberty are going to think I'm the devil and tell me I'm ruining their lives. There is no good answer to this question.
The same goes for asking single people about dating and getting married. Don't. If they are dating someone they'll bring it up. But people should NEVER EVER ask a single person why they aren't married yet and if they are dating anyone. Unless you want that person to hate you and never talk to you again.
When we meet some one who is childless, or single, in the name of all that is good and holy could we please be a little creative, ask them about their career, political opinions, American Idol, whatever- and not about their ability or desire to reproduce?