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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 | 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 | 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.

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 alike. There are so many different paths to parenthood: in vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, adoption, donor conception, and others. In this story, two dads share the surrogacy experience from start to finish - in their own words.