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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.

Lisa Rosenthal

With 35+ 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, Resolve New England, and other organizations.

Advocacy | Community

By: Lisa Rosenthal
April 6th, 2023

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 6 people globally are 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.

Infertility | Mental Health | Pregnancy & Infant Loss

By: Lisa Rosenthal
March 31st, 2023

Pregnancy loss is finally being talked about more openly, and it’s normal to have questions about how to process grief around this heartbreaking experience. You likely felt so much hope, happiness and anticipation when you found out you were pregnant, and now you're suddenly trying to make sense of what happened.

Health | Community

By: Lisa Rosenthal
October 25th, 2022

With flu season ahead and COVID-19 still making the rounds, it's more important than ever to safeguard your health. But when you're trying to conceive or pregnant, it's only natural to have additional concerns about vaccine safety. Read on to get your questions answered and stay safe this fall and winter!

Pregnancy Loss | Advocacy | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
October 21st, 2022

When someone you know loses a pregnancy or baby, what should you say? Is there anything you shouldn't you say to someone who is experiencing such monumental pain? Here are some actionable ways to support those who are grieving.

Mental Health | Pregnancy & Infant Loss

By: Lisa Rosenthal
October 12th, 2022

October is a time of year where the seasons change, temperatures start to dip, and we transition into fall - a season so different than the one before. Perfectly fitting that October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, a time for open conversation and exploring the range of emotions that the loss of a pregnancy or child leaves in our lives.

Fertility Treatment | Advocacy

By: Lisa Rosenthal
August 12th, 2022

Building a successful doctor-patient relationship starts with connection, interaction and, of course, conversation. After exploring how patients can advocate for themselves and become more empowered, we turned to the experts (our doctors, nurses, and other team members) to get their perspective. Keep reading to discover their tips for cultivating the best experience possible throughout your fertility journey!

Fertility Treatment | Advocacy | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 27th, 2022

No one wants to be seen as the "problem patient." We fear that if we ask too many questions, need too much help, have a complaint, or need reassurance on our fertility journey, that we will be seen as needy or annoying. We may even worry that we'll get lower quality care instead of the professional and humane treatment we deserve. So how can we advocate for ourselves to ensure we're getting the best care possible? Keep reading for 20 actionable tips straight from experienced fertility advocates - and don't miss Part 1 and Part 3 of this series about being an effective and empowered patient, which includes perspectives from health care providers on what they want and need from us as patients!

Fertility Treatment | Advocacy | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 15th, 2022

When faced with fertility struggles, people rarely feel empowered or effective. Infertility challenges everyone. Regardless of who you are and how you are trying to build your family, if it’s not happening easily, it’s frustrating and difficult! So how can you communicate your preferences, concerns and questions more effectively to your Care Team and feel like you're being heard and understood? Let's explore some ideas together. Note: In any conversation, communication needs to go both ways! In the third part in this series, our fertility care team (including doctors) reveal their thoughts about fertility patient do's and don't and ways to be an effective patient. You may be surprised by their responses!