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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.

Dina D'Amelio

Dina D'Amelio is former Social Media Specialist at Illume Fertility. In 2019 she received her MBA from Western Connecticut State University. Dina managed all of our social media accounts, works on our editorial calendar creation and day-to-day content planner, and executed on-brand graphic design collateral.

Holidays | Support | Fertility Treatment

By: Dina D'Amelio
December 3rd, 2020

1 in 8 couples experience infertility, which likely means you or someone you know has gone through or is currently navigating this experience. It can be a short journey for some, long for others, but at some point, it's mentally and physically draining for almost everyone going through the process.

By: Dina D'Amelio
September 30th, 2020

If you're in fertility treatment and seeking support (in a safe & socially distanced setting) podcasts are the perfect option for you! Not only do they bring different perspectives and stories to others, they can also help alleviate stress and anxiety out of our lives. They can be the comfort we never knew we needed- especially in 2020. There’s a podcast for everyone – for those eager to understand why they can't conceive, those going through fertility treatment, those who’ve experienced losses, etc. Just hearing other’s stories can help put our fluttering minds at ease, even if it’s just for a the length of the podcast. In honor of International Podcast Day, we want to help you find that perfect podcast for YOU. Let's dive into the best fertility podcasts currently out there for education, support, or even just a friendly voice who “gets it.”

Reproductive Endocrinologist | Our Doctors

By: Dina D'Amelio
August 18th, 2020

Laura Meyer, M.D. has joined our award-winning team of fertility specialists to deliver high quality care to patients in the region. Born and raised in Westchester County, Dr. Meyer graduated magna cum laude from Duke University, and earned her medical degree at the NYU School of Medicine. She continued her medical training at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she completed both her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. During residency, she was appointed Administrative Chief Resident and was the recipient of several honors, including the Distinguished Housestaff Award. Prior to joining RMA of Connecticut, Dr. Meyer was an Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine and practiced in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. “RMA of Connecticut is very proud to add Dr. Laura Meyer to our award-winning team,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director and Founder of RMA of Connecticut. “Dr. Meyer’s experience, coupled with her notable achievements and deep connection to the Westchester and Fairfield County communities will add tremendous value to our RMA of Connecticut team. We are thrilled that she has joined our team to continue to help our patients grow their families.” Dr. Meyer is experienced in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization, preimplantation genetic testing, egg freezing, fertility preservation for cancer patients, recurrent pregnancy loss, and third party reproduction. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is fluent in Spanish. “I am honored to join the talented team at RMA of Connecticut, where I look forward to providing personalized, state-of-the-art care in a patient-centered environment,” says Dr. Laura Meyer. “RMA of Connecticut is renowned for its commitment to treating the “whole patient,” pairing world-class medical care with individualized emotional support and integrative programs such as nutrition, yoga and acupuncture. I am excited to offer all of these resources to my patients throughout their journeys to parenthood.”

By: Dina D'Amelio
August 11th, 2020

You may have seen headlines about Kristen Wiig’s journey to motherhood. Kristen recently opened up about her surrogacy and IVF journey with InStyle Magazine. As more and more celebrities come forward with their fertility stories, and as these headlines continue to garner mainstream media attention, the stigma surrounding infertility continues to crumble. There is a growing awareness that infertility is a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples, and it is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, we should continue to celebrate those who bravely share their personal stories and struggles in hopes of helping others. And that is exactly what Kristen Wiig had in mind when she shared her story with InStyle's Laura Brown. More on that below.

Fertility Treatment

By: Dina D'Amelio
July 27th, 2020

Hannah Bronfman, DJ and founder of HBFIT, and husband, Brendan Fallis, have been open and honest about their pregnancy journey. After a miscarriage, multiple IUIs, and IVF, they give us an update on their family building story.

By: Dina D'Amelio
June 24th, 2020

Meet Lisa Rosenthal, Patient Advocate, who has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. She has worked at RMA of Connecticut for over 12 years. Throughout her career, Lisa has written thousands of blogs on the topic of infertility. She has helped countless patients with her openness about her own experiences, by advocating every year for reproductive rights, and by starting Fertile Yoga & Ladies Night In. Over the past few years, Lisa has been nominated for several WEGO health awards. Below, we offer a closer look into Lisa's career, which has led her to receive many nominations again this year.

By: Dina D'Amelio
May 21st, 2020

Chances are, you may have seen Farah Dhukai's beauty videos pop up on your Instagram feed (Farah has almost 7 million followers on Instagram and 2.3 million followers on YouTube). A few days ago, she posted a video that took the internet by storm when she opened up about her and her husband's struggles conceiving.