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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.

Fertility Treatment | Patient Stories

By: Lisa Rosenthal
September 16th, 2020

You’re done. Fertility treatments, over. Finished. Adoption is not a choice for you. It just isn’t. Fostering a child, nope. No judgement on anyone who continues, it’s just that you know that you are done. Having a child was a lifelong dream and you’ve accepted, begrudgingly or not, that it’s not happening and that you know that it’s time for you to accept it. But come on, childfree by choice? It wasn’t a choice; it was inflicted on you. You didn’t weigh the options, balancing having a child with not having a child and choose the latter. You didn’t flip a coin and let that make your decision.

Infertility

By: Lisa Rosenthal
September 10th, 2020

For some, infertility is a brief, albeit powerful interlude on the way to becoming a parent. Once pregnant, it’s like glancing at something stationary in the rear-view mirror - it quickly fades and then disappears. For many others though, the time spent in fertility treatment cycles, the ups and downs of testing, results, disappointments, and ultimately the success of having a baby forever alters how they experience themselves in the world. They see themselves differently because they are different. They are permanently changed. There are the littler things, like they don’t sweat the small stuff as much. They often feel less frustrated by sleepless nights, colicky babies, or interruptions due to an infant. (However, they don’t turn into saints, by any stretch of the imagination! Sleep deprivation and postpartum depression are real concerns and having infertility doesn’t protect you against them, so please, no guilt for being exhausted and cranky about being a parent after infertility.) But there’s also the bigger stuff. Without any comparison to parents who achieve their baby goals easily, parents after infertility do often feel a deeper sense of appreciation than they themselves would have felt, had they not had the experience of infertility. The only comparison being noted here is how those with infertility might themselves have been if infertility hadn’t entered their lives to delay parenthood.

Support | Mental Health | Community

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 17th, 2020

Infertility can seriously screw with friendships and family relationships.

Affording Treatment

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 8th, 2020

1 in 8 couples will face infertility, a medical condition affecting reproductive and hormonal systems. Although acknowledged by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a medical disease, many insurers specifically exclude or limit coverage for this treatable condition. In fact, there are 16 states in the US that have had to legislate insurance mandates (bills or laws) that require varying levels of health coverage. Even when a person challenged with infertility has coverage, oftentimes, it has limitations on usage, restrictions on what types of fertility treatment cycles are covered, and other reasons why a person might be responsible for out of pocket expenses for necessary medical treatment.

Fertility Treatment

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 2nd, 2020

Let’s preface this by saying, we are not COVID-19 experts. If you’re looking for expertise, regarding safety guidelines, quarantine procedures, or mask selection, please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus page.

Fertility Treatment

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 1st, 2020

People faced with infertility currently in treatment have had the hardest decisions to make over the last several months, hinging on factors out of their control. Many fertility practices reduced scheduling to only Telehealth consults, others were closed entirely, and almost all had to delay and postpone fertility treatment cycles due to COVID-19. Those decisions posed limitations that were hard for many patients to accept, and sparked conversations on many levels about whether fertility treatment is considered an “essential service.”

By: Lisa Rosenthal
June 17th, 2020

No Baby, Yet Despite infertility affecting 1 in 8 couples, it is still so often insidious. Most of us don’t see it coming. Even when we do have an idea ahead of time (because of medical problems, history, age, or other reasons), we’re still floored by the amount of time, energy, and resources that trying to conceive takes once fertility treatment is involved.

Men's Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
June 16th, 2020

June is Men’s Health Month, but how much do you know about the reproductive aspects of your health, or your partners? If you're like most people, you might know the basics, but this is a perfect opportunity to take a deeper dive and understand what is fact, and what is fiction. For example, do you know about 40% of all couples affected by infertility is attributed to “male factor,” a term that simply means there is a glitch or problem with one of the two cells needed for conception – the sperm?