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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.

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 Basics | Fertility Testing

By: Sierra Dehmler
July 12th, 2024

When you're having trouble getting pregnant, one of the first steps towards family-building success is fertility testing. Explore six reasons why these diagnostic tests are so important, and how they can help you achieve your goal of a healthy pregnancy and baby.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Donor Conception | Single Dad by Choice

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 27th, 2024

Becoming a parent is one of the hardest, most rewarding experiences in life. Becoming a single parent through surrogacy brings even more challenges, including significant financial hurdles. In this story, a father through surrogacy shares how he navigated major obstacles and setbacks to finally welcome his daughter.

Donor Conception | Sperm Donor | Egg Donor

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 25th, 2024

Considering using an egg or sperm donor to help build your family? Here's what you should know about the various types of donor arrangements, the pros and cons of directed (known) versus nonidentified (anonymous) donors, and the legal implications of your decision.

Wellness | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 25th, 2024

A fertility clinic's success rates, location, and treatment options are all critical considerations, but one aspect many overlook is support services. Here's what you should know about how holistic care can improve your fertility journey and even increase your chances of success.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Twins | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 18th, 2024

Considering surrogacy, but feeling overwhelmed? Two dads who have been through the process open up to share their personal journey through egg donation and surrogacy and offer helpful tips for fellow dads-to-be.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | IVF | Choosing a Clinic

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 15th, 2024

The process of expanding your family through surrogacy can be complex and overwhelming, with many layers of medical, legal, financial, and logistical challenges to navigate. Learn why it's so important to work with both a fertility clinic and a surrogacy agency, how they differ, and ways to find the perfect match of professionals for your personal journey.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Donor Conception | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 13th, 2024

Taylor and Holly open up to share their LGBTQ+ fertility journey, which included both IUI and reciprocal IVF, how they navigated the ups and downs, their advice for other two mom families, and what life looks like now as a busy family of four.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | IUI

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 10th, 2024

For millions struggling with infertility, fertility treatment offers hope. However, evaluating your options can be overwhelming and confusing. This in-depth IUI vs. IVF guide breaks down the differences between the two treatment pathways to empower your decision-making process.