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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.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Fertility Basics

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 5th, 2024

The language of LGBTQ+ family planning can be dense and daunting. While it isn't necessary to learn every single medical term or acronym, having a basic understanding of the jargon you may encounter on your journey will help you feel more informed and empowered.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Donor Conception | IVF | Patient Stories | Secondary Infertility

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 4th, 2024

For hopeful parents-to-be in same-sex relationships, finding the right path to parenthood and ways to afford fertility treatment can create an added layer of difficulty. In this story, Stef and Denise share their four-year long journey to success, and what they've learned along the way.

Infertility Awareness | Men's Health | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 31st, 2024

While the physical burden of fertility treatment typically rests on the female partner in a relationship, men are primarily expected to provide support to them throughout the process. But fertility struggles affect men in different ways - and their experience matters too.

Insulin Resistance | PCOS | IVF | Choosing a Clinic

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 21st, 2024

When you discover you may need a little help to have a baby, you place all of your trust and hope in your fertility clinic team. But when that practice isn't offering the support and care you expected, it can be difficult to know where to turn. One IVF mom shares her experience switching clinics, and how she knew she'd finally found the right provider.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Fertility Treatment | Fertility Testing

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 17th, 2024

Starting a family isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re going through this journey solo or planning to have a child with a same-sex partner, knowing what to expect is key to achieving your family-building goals.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Fertility Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 7th, 2024

Did you know that Illume Fertility has a dedicated resource hub created just for LGBTQ+ patients called Gay Parents To Be? Learn what Gay Parents To Be offers, its special connection to our Medical Director, Dr. Mark Leondires, and how it can help you.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Advocacy

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 7th, 2024

As a fertility practice dedicated to providing inclusive fertility and family-building care for all, we are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our seventh year.

Illume Fertility Team | Fertility Treatment | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 6th, 2024

Navigating in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment can be daunting. IVF nurses act as a fertility patient's guide throughout their entire journey, providing critical education, emotional support, and clinical care to help patients achieve their ultimate goal: having a baby.