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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 | Donor Conception | Single Dad by Choice

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 27th, 2024

Becoming a parent is one of the hardest, most rewarding experiences in life. Becoming a single parent through surrogacy brings even more challenges, including significant financial hurdles. In this story, a father through surrogacy shares how he navigated major obstacles and setbacks to finally welcome his daughter.

Donor Conception | Sperm Donor | Egg Donor

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 25th, 2024

Considering using an egg or sperm donor to help build your family? Here's what you should know about the various types of donor arrangements, the pros and cons of directed (known) versus nonidentified (anonymous) donors, and the legal implications of your decision.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Donor Conception | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 13th, 2024

Taylor and Holly open up to share their LGBTQ+ fertility journey, which included both IUI and reciprocal IVF, how they navigated the ups and downs, their advice for other two mom families, and what life looks like now as a busy family of four.

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.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Donor Conception | Egg Donor

By: Mark Leondires, MD
April 24th, 2024

Choosing an egg donor is one of the first big decisions you'll need to make as a dad-to-be pursuing surrogacy. In this guide, we provide a comprehensive overview of the emotional, medical, and legal aspects to help you navigate the process of finding an ideal egg donor.

Donor Conception | Egg Donor | Advocacy | BIPOC

By: Sierra Dehmler
February 16th, 2024

All too often, Black women experiencing infertility who need the help of an egg or sperm donor soon face another barrier to building their family - a lack of diversity in available donors. A three-time egg donor shares her experience in the hopes that it encourages other women of color to consider donating too.

Donor Conception | Egg Donor

By: Monica Moore, MSN, APRN
August 24th, 2023

Hearing that using donor eggs may be your best option for building a family can bring up a lot of complex emotions and big questions. In this guide, we detail the process of finding an egg donor, donor egg success rates, and the psychological aspect of pursuing donor conception.