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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.

Support | Community | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 29th, 2023

Struggling to build your family can leave you feeling isolated. We're here to remind you that no matter what stage of the journey you're in, there is a warm, welcoming community and an extensive network of resources ready to embrace and support you.

News | Our Doctors

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 28th, 2023

Meet Dr. Barry Witt, the latest addition to Illume Fertility's physician team, and learn how his 30-year career as a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist will allow the practice serve even more patients.

Male Infertility | Fertility Testing

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 21st, 2023

The andrology wing of a fertility clinic tends to be shrouded in mystery. What exactly goes on behind those closed doors? And what can a semen analysis tell us about a man's fertility?

Unexplained Infertility | IVF | IUI | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 8th, 2023

Trying to conceive is filled with unknowns, especially for couples who continue to see a negative pregnancy test month after month. For Juliana and Ryan, the journey to parenthood was a years-long struggle through unexplained infertility and unsuccessful treatment cycles.

Advocacy | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 3rd, 2023

The definition of infertility has long been outdated, leading to the exclusion of millions of hopeful parents. Now, reproductive health experts are seeking to change that with a new, more inclusive definition that will impact who is able to access family-building assistance.

Male Infertility | IVF | Pregnancy & Infant Loss

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 25th, 2023

After many difficult years of infertility, pregnancy losses, and disappointment, Alyson shares how she and her husband Jared finally found their path to parenthood.

Cancer | Surrogacy | Fertility Preservation | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 18th, 2023

When a hopeful parent is told they may never be able to have children, what comes next? One couple opens up about their journey through a shocking cancer diagnosis, their decision to pursue fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment, how they chose surrogacy, and everything else they went through to bring their baby girl into the world.

Pregnancy | Fertility Basics | TTC | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 16th, 2023

Ah, yes. Everyone's least favorite thing about trying to conceive: the dreaded "two week wait." Obsessively wondering if you're pregnant, documenting your symptoms by the hour, blowing through packages of pregnancy tests even though you know it's too early to's a difficult time to navigate.