1. Don't Wait to See a Specialist

If you want to have a baby and traditional at-home baby making methods aren't resulting in a positive pregnancy test, you shouldn't wait too long before asking a specialist for help. If you're under 35 and have been trying for a year or more, it's time to see an infertility specialist, and you should wait only six months if you're 35 or older. The sooner you see a physician, the more likely you are to get pregnant. New research shows that women who get prompt treatment can have almost a 90% chance of conceiving. But if you wait with false hope that you'll be able to do it on your own, your chances for success go down every single month.

2. Don't Feel Ashamed

Remember, infertility is a medical condition, and millions of people worldwide are going through it. Many couples feel ashamed, but you shouldn't be ashamed of having fertility issues. Beyond feeling ashamed, 7in 10 women said infertility makes them feel flawed, and half of men said it makes them feel inadequate. The sooner you accept the cards you've been dealt, the sooner you can get help, and likely wind up with a healthy, happy baby.

3. Don't Assume IVF is the Only Way

Many couples believe that if they're not having any luck conceiving on their own, IVF is the only option left for getting pregnant. Because IVF comes with an average price tag of $8500 - 10,000, the prospect can be daunting. But there are far less expensive and invasive ways to achieve a healthy pregnancy, such as taking ovulation medication pills or other prescription drugs.

4. Do Empower Yourself

Infertility can make you feel like you have no control over your body, your partnership, your job, and your life, but it's important to start focusing on what you can control. Learn which lifestyle habits you can change to increase your chance of conception - stop smoking, limit alcohol and caffeine, pursue moderate exercise, and gain or lose weight so your BMI is in the normal range.

Also it's important to remember that infertility is a couples' issue. Many people assume it's always the woman's 'fault,' but medically it could just as likely be the male factor.

5. Do Communicate with Your Partner

If you haven't noticed yet, you'll may soon see that infertility can put a strain on your relationship. Many couples having trouble getting pregnant experience a great deal of emotional upheaval. When couples are having trouble conceiving, stress and tension in their relationship often increases. Remember that each one of you is coping the best way you know how. If you need to seek counselling, do so sooner rather than later, either individually or as a couple.

Do you have a success story about getting pregnant after a long time of trying? We'd love to hear about your journey so that your story can inspire others!