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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.

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.

Unexplained Infertility | Donor Conception | IVF | Egg Donor | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
August 11th, 2023

Considering egg donation as a method of building your family? Wondering how the process actually works? In this story, Rebecca shares why she and her husband chose to pursue egg donor IVF, the challenges they encountered, and how it led them to parenthood.

Donor Conception | IVF | Egg Donor | Mental Health | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 8th, 2022

When most people decide they're ready to become a parent, they typically envision bringing a biologically-related child into the world - a little "mini me" to carry on certain physical and personality traits. But what happens when that vision is turned upside down by fertility challenges and you consider using an egg donor to grow your family? In this story, one Illume Fertility patient shares her and her partner's donor conception experience with honesty, exploring the raw emotions that surfaced when they were forced to reimagine their dreams for the future.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Egg Donor | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 22nd, 2021

One of the most beautiful parts about family-building is that no two stories are exactly the same. There are so many different paths to parenthood: IVF, surrogacy, adoption, egg/sperm donors, IUI, embryo donors...the list goes on. Here 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 our expert third party reproduction team, we know all of our patients are in great hands as they navigate their own unique path. Nothing brings us more joy than seeing the families we've helped thriving and enjoying life together. Two of our LGBTQ+ parents, Tim and Steve, shared their amazing story with us - from how they met, to how (and when) they decided to have kids, to their surrogacy experiences and beyond. We're so grateful to them for opening up to our community, and we're excited to share their journey with you. Let's start at the very beginning! Read on to hear their story in Tim's own words.