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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 Treatment | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 2nd, 2024

After an embryo transfer, it's only natural to want to do everything "right" to encourage successful implantation. Here's a breakdown of what to expect, some important do's and don'ts, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about embryo transfers.

National Infertility Awareness Week | Advocacy | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 30th, 2024

Despite the prevalence of infertility (now impacting 1 in 6 people globally), many still feel they have to hide their struggles. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, former fertility patients choose to tell their stories - in the hopes of helping others feel less alone.

Pregnancy Loss | Twins | IVF | Genetics

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 26th, 2024

Recent research shows that 42% of U.S. adults have utilized fertility treatment or know someone who has. But even with the increasing prevalence of treatments like IVF, some still struggle for years to conceive. In this story, one couple opens up about their difficult journey.

Male Infertility | Twins | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 25th, 2024

When you have to pay for fertility treatment out of pocket, it's natural to want to give yourself the best possible chances of success. Hear from one uninsured couple who had two sets of fraternal twins as a result of their choices during IVF treatment.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 24th, 2024

Navigating the world of surrogacy can be daunting, particularly when it comes to finances. In this guide, we explore the average cost of surrogacy in the United States in 2024, with a special focus on possible additional financial considerations for same-sex male couples.

Surrogacy | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 24th, 2024

The path to parenthood through gestational surrogacy is complex, requiring coordinated efforts from many different parties: the intended parent(s), a physician, fertility clinic team, surrogacy agency, legal experts, and sometimes donors. In this story, one woman shares how her experience working in a fertility clinic led her to become a surrogate herself.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 22nd, 2024

When Alicia decided to pursue IVF with her partner Mary, she ended up carrying more than just a baby—she also carried the memory of her own mother. This two-mom family's story of loss, love, and late-in-life pregnancy redefines the fabric of hope and resilience.

IVF | Patient Stories | Pregnancy & Infant Loss

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 20th, 2024

Every couple dreaming of parenthood imagines the moment they'll finally hold their baby in their arms. But what happens when that dream is deferred by unexpected challenges and heartbreak? A mother through IVF shares how a shocking diagnosis led to her rainbow baby.