GENEVA - One in six people worldwide are affected by infertility, according to the World Health Organization.

In the WHO’s first estimates of infertility prevalence in more than a decade, it was found that about 17.5% of the global adult population will experience infertility.

Based on more than 100 studies between 1990 and 2021, the results show limited variation between regions and between high, middle and low-income countries.

“For millions around the world, the path to parenthood can be difficult to access, if not impossible,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general.