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Fertility Blog

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.

Lisa Rosenthal

With 30+ years experience in the fertility field, as well as navigating her own infertility, Lisa has dedicated her life to advocating for and supporting those struggling to grow their families. Her work includes serving as Illume Fertility's Patient Advocate, Strategic Content Lead, and founder of Fertile Yoga, as well as advocating for those with infertility at RESOLVE and other organizations.

Pregnancy | Support | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
December 27th, 2023

You're finally pregnant! Everything should be sunshine and rainbows now...right? Of course it's wonderful news. But being pregnant doesn't erase everything it took for you to get here.

PCOS | Advocacy | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
September 18th, 2023

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often runs in families, with up to 70 percent of the daughters of women with PCOS also developing it. This is the story of a mother with PCOS who ended up having three children with the same condition - and how they handled it.

Insulin Resistance | PCOS | Diabetes | Women's Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
September 12th, 2023

Trying to conceive and want to make sure that you and your future baby-to-be are as healthy as possible? We've got some good news! There are some simple lifestyle and nutrition changes you can make that will have a big impact.

Wellness | Support | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 21st, 2023

Whether you grow your family through fertility treatment, surrogacy, adoption, or fostering, each path to parenthood requires an extraordinary amount of patience, adaptability, and a relinquishment of control. Here are ten helpful tips for those undergoing fertility treatment. Skip to a specific section: Why We Crave Control During Infertility Get Support Ask for Help Practice Self Care Set Boundaries Do a Personal Check In Take a Break Look at the Big Picture Understand Your Treatment Plan Build Relationships with Your Care Team Make Honest Communication a Priority A Reminder from Dr. Cynthia Murdock Focus On What You CAN Control

Sex | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
June 23rd, 2023

Why don’t we talk about sex when we talk about fertility? Despite the very personal nature of fertility treatment, the sex life of a couple navigating infertility often becomes a low priority. Let's talk about why this happens and some easy ways to reconnect with your partner.

Wellness | Fertile Yoga | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
June 8th, 2023

What are the positive impacts of yoga for fertility and overall wellness? The founder of Fertile Yoga explores the benefits of fertility yoga, ways to modify yoga poses for your needs, yoga mistakes to avoid, and why she believes in the power of getting on the mat.

IVF | Mental Health | Embryo Donation

By: Lisa Rosenthal
May 24th, 2023

While you're trying to grow your family through IVF, you will have to make a temporary decision about what to do with future excess embryos. When you're still riding the emotional roller coaster of infertility, this may feel ridiculous. It’s almost inconceivable (pardon the pun) to think you will ever finish building your family and end up with more embryos than you need.

Advocacy | Community

By: Lisa Rosenthal
April 6th, 2023

Have you struggled to grow your family or know someone who has? According to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 6 people globally have been impacted by infertility. In the United States, that number increases to 1 in 5, and it's no secret that many people don't have access to the care or financial support they need to become a parent.