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Sierra Dehmler

Sierra Dehmler is Illume Fertility’s Content Marketing Manager - and also a fertility patient herself. Combining empathy gained on her personal journey with her professional experience in marketing and content creation, she aims to empower and support other fertility patients by demystifying the fertility treatment process.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Genetic Testing | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 21st, 2022

After receiving some shocking news on their fertility journey, Alyson and her husband were advised to move straight to IVF treatment - something they never expected to hear. This is the story of what happened next and everything they learned on the way to meeting their baby girl, Emmy.

IVF | Advocacy | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 16th, 2022

Even with 1 in 8 couples facing infertility, many health insurance providers exclude or limit coverage for this treatable condition - meaning many people don't even get the chance to grow their family. Organizations like the Nest Egg Foundation are stepping up to help.

Reproductive Endocrinologist | Fertility Treatment | Our Doctors | Fertility Testing | Choosing a Clinic

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 10th, 2022

When it comes to seeking fertility assistance, sometimes it feels like you need a crash course in a whole other language. Anti-Müllerian hormone. Aneuploidy. Letrozole. Blastocyst. The list of new words goes on and on… But before you understand the textbook of treatments, you need to know who to turn to for help on your family-building path. And guess what? We have more definitions to learn! It’s okay, though, this one’s easy. People often use the terms “reproductive endocrinologist” and “fertility specialist” interchangeably, and it makes sense why many use the latter term so frequently – “fertility specialist” is much easier to rattle off in a conversation than “reproductive endocrinologist.” Unfortunately, though, these two terms are not one and the same and carry major differences that you should be aware of.

Donor Conception | IVF | Egg Donor | Mental Health | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 8th, 2022

When most people decide they're ready to become a parent, they typically envision bringing a biologically-related child into the world - a little "mini me" to carry on certain physical and personality traits. But what happens when that vision is turned upside down by fertility challenges and you consider using an egg donor to grow your family? In this story, one Illume Fertility patient shares her and her partner's donor conception experience with honesty, exploring the raw emotions that surfaced when they were forced to reimagine their dreams for the future.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Fertility Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 6th, 2022

Did you know that Illume Fertility has a dedicated program created just for LGBTQ+ patients called Gay Parents To Be? Read on to learn more about why we created this special resource, what our Gay Parents To Be program offers, its special connection to our Medical Director, Dr. Mark Leondires, and more. 

Fertility Treatment | IUI | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 13th, 2022

Discovering you need the help of a fertility specialist to successfully conceive can be overwhelming to anyone - but throw in a global pandemic and the experience becomes even more stressful. Illume Fertility patient Alicia shares her and her husband's journey through four IUI cycles while navigating some unexpected challenges.