Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant (conceive) after one year of unprotected sex.
Women who do not have regular menstrual cycles, or are older than 35 years and have not conceived during a 6-month period of trying, should consider making an appointment with a gynaecologist.
Struggling to get pregnant can be a serious blow to the self-esteem of both women and men.
Seven in 10 (71 percent) women said that infertility makes them feel flawed.
IN men -50 percent say it makes them feel inadequate. Infertility also has a big impact on a couple's relationship,with half (53 percent) saying they find themselves trying to hide their feelings from their partner.
"Couples undergoing fertility treatment clearly experience a rollercoaster of emotions". "The desire to start a family is a strong one, and failing to achieve that can impact everything from the marital relationship to interactions with future grandparents and friends who become pregnant".
In a signal that the stress of infertility can lead to isolation.
In fact, 54 percent of all couples agreed that it was easier just to tell people that they were not planning to have children, rather than admit to their struggle.
A healthy 30-year-old woman has about a 20 percent chance per month of getting pregnant, but by age 40, her chance is only about 5 percent per month.
"Couples need information so they can understand their fertility risk factors, and they need to seek treatment from a specialist quickly if they suspect a problem".