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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.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Donor Conception | Affording Treatment

By: Tnori Shelton
June 27th, 2024

The financial aspect of LGBTQ+ family building is often the most overwhelming part of the entire process. In this guide, you'll learn how much it really costs for same-sex female couples to have a baby, how to navigate insurance coverage (if you have it), and ways to afford care.

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.

IVF | Advocacy | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
January 15th, 2024

Even with 1 in 6 couples facing infertility, many insurance providers exclude or limit coverage for this treatable condition - meaning many people don't even get the chance to start their family. Organizations like the Nest Egg Foundation are stepping up to help.

Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
December 29th, 2023

Understanding which fertility benefits your insurance provider offers (if any) can be a daunting process. Even when your fertility clinic verifies coverage, it's important to call your insurance company to confirm all the details and ask any additional questions you may have.

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.

IVF | Advocacy | Affording Treatment

By: Tnori Shelton
November 10th, 2023

While fertility treatments like IVF are an amazing pathway to parenthood for many people, it’s no secret that they are also expensive - and many insurance plans won't cover all the costs. Many hopeful parents are left wondering how to pay for IVF without insurance coverage.

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The definition of infertility has long been outdated, leading to the exclusion of millions of hopeful parents.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.

Infertility Coverage | Affording Treatment

By: Spencer Richlin, MD
October 30th, 2023

Let’s say you work for a company that offers you insurance. Great! And then you find out there is no fertility coverage under the plan. Not so great. Finding out that the care you need isn't covered by insurance is beyond frustrating. In fact, it's heartbreaking. Especially if you know you’ll be needing fertility treatments in the next year.