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IVF Success Stories: 44 Parents Share Their Family-Building Journeys

After navigating challenges like breast cancer, male factor infertility, and PCOS, parents share their IVF success stories.

October 11th, 2023 | 14 min. read

By Sierra Dehmler

When you find out you need the help of fertility treatment to conceive, it can lead to feelings of isolation and hopelessness. Thankfully, there is a welcoming community of parents who have chosen to share their IVF success stories to help others feel a little less alone. 

In this article:

Finding Hope in IVF Success Stories

Although public discourse is steadily increasing around the topic of infertility and fertility treatment, there are still layers of stigma and shame associated with not being able to conceive. One of the best ways to combat this is through sharing our experiences

When fertility patients open up and tell their stories, they bring more than hope to those struggling to grow their families - they also offer a glimpse into a world that is not often visible. Now on the other side of the storm of infertility, these grateful parents have chosen to break the silence and share what their journey to parenthood really looked like. 

An Honest Look at the World of IVF

In the following stories, you'll meet a diverse array of former Illume Fertility patients who have navigated challenges like PCOS, male factor infertility, endometriosis, cancer treatment, secondary infertility, pregnancy and infant loss, life-threatening genetic conditions, and unexplained infertility. 

Our hope (and theirs) is that through hearing their stories, you will find the hope, courage, inspiration, and comfort to achieve your own family-building dreams, knowing that you are never alone on this challenging path to parenthood.

IVF Success After Cancer Stories 

While treatments such as chemotherapy can be life-saving for those facing cancer, they can unfortunately also damage a patient's future fertility potential. The following couples share their experiences with family building after beating breast cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

husband and wife holding baby girl wearing blueMeet Ross & Jackie

The story of how one couple become parents after cancer treatment, with the help of fertility preservation and IVF. 


a man wearing a dark colored jacket holds his toddler daughter with his wifeMeet Erin & Matt

After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis and undergoing IVF before chemo, a survivor shares her journey to motherhood.


Egg Donor IVF Success Stories

Hopeful parents who pursue IVF with donor eggs are most often facing fertility challenges like diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), genetic concerns, poor egg quality, and unexplained infertility. Get a glimpse at what this process is like through the following honest accounts.

a black and white image of a father holding his newborn babyMeet Rebecca & Steve

After a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, two thankful parents share how they made the difficult decision to use an egg donor.


Meet Eva & Bryan*

*Patients have requested to remain anonymous

Despite many years of trying to conceive and a diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve, the decision to pursue IVF with the help of an egg donor was an incredibly difficult one for Eva. She shares what led up to her diagnosis and the emotional process of releasing a genetic connection with her children in order to build the family she dreamt of for so long.

Unexplained Infertility IVF Success Stories

One of the most frustrating diagnoses for both patients and doctors is "unexplained infertility," a term assigned to those who are unable to achieve pregnancy without a discernible cause. Around 15-30% of hopeful parents trying to conceive receive this diagnosis, which often leads to IVF treatment.

a male female couple stands on a beach holding their twin baby girlsMeet Stephanie 

After years of TTC and turning 36, Stephanie sought guidance from a fertility doctor and was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. This led to IVF treatment and a successful embryo transfer that resulted in twins!


Meet Christa & Aland 

On June 7, 2021, Christa and Aland had their first frozen embryo transfer. A couple weeks later, they were shocked when they discovered they were having identical twin girls.   

LGBTQ+ IVF Success Stories

There are so many different paths to parenthood, including IUI, IVF, surrogacy, adoption, and using an egg, sperm, or embryo donor.

At Illume Fertility, we are proud to offer family-building options for all. With the support of resources like our Gay Parents To Be program and an expert third party reproduction team, we are able to provide next-level care for LGBTQ+ patients pursuing parenthood.

a same sex male couple holds their redheaded son and daughter in their arms smilingMeet Tim & Steve

A gay couple shares how they met, when they decided to have kids, and what their two IVF and surrogacy journeys were like.


a same sex female couple embraces while holding an infant onesieMeet Diana & Di

A PCOS warrior shares her and her partner's long journey through fertility testing, finding a donor, and IVF treatment.


a same sex female couple holds their newborn son while sitting on their bed smilingMeet Taylor & Holly

Learn about reciprocal IVF from two moms who navigated the ups and downs of fertility treatment together.


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PCOS & Endometriosis IVF Success Stories

Conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis often lead to fertility issues, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to find success with proper treatment.

Around 30-50% of people with endometriosis struggle to conceive and up to 70-80% of anovulatory infertility cases are caused by PCOS. The following Illume patients share how they were able to overcome these challenges using IVF to grow their families.

a smiling mother and father hold their infant sun outsideMeet Nicole & Steven

High school sweethearts share how they discovered Nicole's endometriosis diagnosis and what it took to meet their baby boy.


new parents smile down at their baby girl while sitting on couch with their two dogsMeet Katie & Anthony

In this 3-part series, a PCOS patient opens up about her long and difficult journey to becoming a mother.


a mother and her twin infant sons sit on the grass all wearing pink outfits

Meet Megan & Jeff

After 2.5 years of fertility struggles and disappointments, Megan and Jeff turned to IVF - and ended up with twins! 


6-Oct-10-2023-04-33-03-1945-PMMeet Andrea & Ralph

A couple shares their emotional journey through a PCOS diagnosis, three failed IUI cycles, and fighting to become parents.


a baby girl wearing a blue bow and dress is held by her mother who kisses her cheek

Meet Virginia & Joe

In this story, PCOS patient Virginia shares her and her husband Joe's experience at Illume Fertility on their first embryo transfer day.


Male Factor Infertility IVF Success Stories

When most people think about infertility, they assume the issue lies with the female partner. However, in around 40% of cases, male factor infertility is to blame.  

a mom and dad hold their toddler daughter and infant son outside smilingMeet Sarah & Chris

After multiple pregnancy losses, egg retrievals, and embryo transfers, a couple shares what got them through it all.


a mother wearing a green dress sits on the grass next to her husband and infant daughterMeet Kristen & Jeff

PCOS and male factor infertility led this couple to IVF treatment after more than two years of trying to conceive a baby.


Meet Danielle & Rob

After struggling to conceive and discovering male factor fertility issues, they turned to ICSI and IVF, which brought a huge surprise.


Single Mom by Choice IVF Success Stories

Thanks to processes like IVF and donor conception, more women are able to realize their dreams of becoming a mother - even without a partner. 

Meet Kaitlyn

A single mom shares why she chose to have a baby without a partner -with the help of IVF and donor sperm. 


Meet Alison

After an unexpected divorce, Alison knew she wanted to give her son a sibling, so she decided to do it on her own.


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IVF for Genetic Conditions Success Stories

In some cases, IVF isn't used to combat infertility, but instead to help parents avoid passing on life-threatening heritable conditions to their future children. In the following stories, three courageous mothers share their experiences with genetic disorders and infant loss.

Meet Alyson & Scott

After a shocking genetic discovery, Alyson and her husband were advised to move straight to IVF treatment.


Meet Nicole

A mom with cystic fibrosis shares her journey through IVF, twin pregnancy, heartbreaking loss and finding light on the other side.


Meet Anna

After losing her infant son to Alper's Disease, Anna sought genetic counseling and IVF to help protect her future children.


Tubal Factor Infertility IVF Success Stories

Tubal factor infertility accounts for about 25-30% of all cases of infertility, and occurs when a blockage in the fallopian tubes will not allow the egg and sperm to meet. The following families share how IVF helped them overcome this frustrating obstacle to become parents.

Meet Azana & Delvin

After a previous ectopic pregnancy and removal of one fallopian tube, this couple turned to IVF for help conceiving their son, Levi. 


Meet Shiraine & Barry

When fertility testing revealed 34-year old Shiraine's fallopian tubes were damaged, the couple moved quickly into an IVF cycle.


You Deserve the Family of Your Dreams

Whether you're seeking inspiration as you prepare for an upcoming IVF cycle, in need of hope after an unsuccessful embryo transfer, or simply looking for different perspectives as you explore your fertility options, the families featured above offer a transparent account of the challenges - and the joys - that can come from pursuing IVF.

Want to learn more about IVF treatment or speak with a fertility expert? Reach out to our team today or download our Step-by-Step Guide to IVF Treatment. We wish you the best of luck on your family-building journey!

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.

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