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Fertility Blog by Illume Fertility

Everything you need to know about reproductive health, fertility testing, fertility treatment (like IUI and IVF) and how to navigate fertility challenges.

Brigitte Alicea, RN

Brigitte Alicea is an accredited IVF nurse who joined the team at Illume Fertility in 2009. She has previously served as Illume's Assistant Director of Nursing and as the Manager of Surgical Services. Brigitte’s passion is providing high-quality care to each patient going through infertility, while offering emotional support along the way.

Fertility Treatment | Single Mom By Choice

By: Brigitte Alicea, RN
July 17th, 2023

Thinking about becoming a single mom by choice? This comprehensive guide offers a step-by-step explanation of the fertility treatment process, information about donor conception, and helpful resources and support for those pursuing this unique path to motherhood.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Egg Retrieval | Embryo Transfer | Fertility Surgeries

By: Brigitte Alicea, RN
June 28th, 2023

Fertility treatments are considered very safe, but all medical procedures carry some risk of potential side effects. With in vitro fertilization (IVF), each stage of the process can bring on a unique set of symptoms. Here's what IVF side effects you can expect throughout your journey.

Fertility Testing

By: Brigitte Alicea, RN
May 25th, 2020

Guess what? Your personal fertility isn’t always an easy thing to understand. You probably know that by now. Cycles, treatments, hormones, tests… the list of fertility “buzz words” can seem endless. So whether you’re just beginning your fertility quest or have been sifting through sites for a while, we’ve answered your most burning questions here.