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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.

Infertility Coverage | IVF | IUI | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 18th, 2021

If you need to pursue fertility treatment, your next question is likely “How in the world am I going to pay for this?” Hopefully, your answer is your insurance provider! The first step is to figure out if your insurance policy includes fertility coverage and will help pay for the infertility treatments, tests, or other procedures your doctor may recommend. Learn how to explore your plan's coverage and get the most out of your insurance with our detailed guide below.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 5th, 2021

After four failed IVF cycles at another fertility clinic and almost ready to give up their hope of ever having children, Chris and Desiree decided to reach out to the team at Illume Fertility to see if they could help. This is their story. Want to jump to a specific section? Meet Chris and Desiree A New Start Navigating the Highs and Lows Finding Success After Failed IVF Reflections on Their Fertility Journey Advice to Other Fertility Patients Desiree's Top Tips Want to Share Your Story? More IVF Resources

IUI | Patient Stories | Pregnancy & Infant Loss

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 8th, 2021

In honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, we asked one of our patients to share her and her husband's journey through fertility struggles, multiple rounds of IUI, how they coped with the heartbreak of losing a pregnancy and where they are now. Note: This story includes mentions of pregnancy loss (miscarriage) that may be difficult for some to read. Please take care of yourself and skip this post if this topic is too tough to revisit right now.

PCOS | IVF | Advocacy | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 1st, 2021

All families should have access to fertility care, but unfortunately, many still end up paying out of pocket or delaying treatment (sometimes indefinitely) due to the overwhelming financial burden.

PCOS | Twins | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
September 21st, 2021

1 in 10 women have PCOS. Around 50% of those with PCOS have had to visit two (or more!) healthcare providers before being properly diagnosed with PCOS. Megan is one of those women. This is her journey through a delayed PCOS diagnosis, medicated cycles, IUI, and finally, IVF.

Unexplained Infertility | Twins | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
August 18th, 2021

Some people dream of having twins. Some even enter into the fertility treatment process hoping for twins. But no matter what, finding out that you're pregnant with multiples is a shock! In this special Illume Fertility family story, Stephanie shares her journey through unexplained infertility, a high-risk pregnancy, and creating her family of four.

PCOS | IVF | Single Mom By Choice | Patient Stories | Pregnancy & Infant Loss

By: Sierra Dehmler
July 27th, 2021

One of our favorite things about helping families grow is witnessing the diversity - both in what each patient's version of success looks like, and what each family looks like. No two families are exactly the same, and we believe that uniqueness is part of what makes each story so beautiful. In this blog, former Illume Fertility patient and single mom by choice Alison shares her journey through fertility struggles, an unexpected divorce, and choosing to add another baby to her family as a newly solo parent.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Egg Donor | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 22nd, 2021

One of the most beautiful parts about family building is that no two stories are exactly alike. There are so many different paths to parenthood: in vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, adoption, donor conception, and others. In this story, two dads share the surrogacy experience from start to finish - in their own words.