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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.

Cancer | Fertility Preservation | Men's Health | Mental Health

By: Spencer Richlin, MD
November 16th, 2023

During the month of November, you may see some men growing out beards and mustaches in support of "Movember." What exactly is it, and what does the cause raise awareness for?

Cancer | Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing

By: Dr. Laura Meyer
October 26th, 2023

Up to 40% of people will at some point receive a cancer diagnosis, and we can all see and feel its effects in our families and across our communities. When you're facing cancer but still dream of having children in the future, what are your options? Let's explore them together.

Cancer | Surrogacy | Fertility Preservation | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 18th, 2023

When a hopeful parent is told they may never be able to have children, what comes next? One couple opens up about their journey through a shocking cancer diagnosis, their decision to pursue fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment, how they chose surrogacy, and everything else they went through to bring their baby girl into the world.

Fertility Preservation | Single Mom By Choice | Genetics

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 27th, 2023

Upon learning she carries a gene putting her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, Arianna makes the difficult decision to undergo major, life-altering surgeries to protect herself. As a single mom of two confronted with an uncertain future, she shares her journey through infertility, coping with a rare genetic disorder, and why she chose to pursue egg freezing.

Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 13th, 2023

Hey there, forward thinker! Whether you’re considering egg freezing for personal, professional, or health reasons, you’ve made family planning a priority. Your next task? Finding the answer to the all-important question, "How much does egg freezing cost?"

Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing | Fertility Surgeries

By: Alexander Kucherov, MD, FACOG
March 29th, 2023

Is that your biological clock ticking? While egg freezing doesn't guarantee your future fertility, it does allow you to preserve your current egg quality and quantity, which can give you more family-building options when you decide you're ready to have children. So, how does egg freezing work? In this comprehensive guide, you'll learn what the process looks like from start to finish, how much egg freezing costs, and much more.

PCOS | Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing | Reproductive Health | Patient Stories

By: Alexandra Fontaine
August 2nd, 2022

What happens when you're concerned about the dreaded "biological clock" but not ready to have children yet? Alex, a 27-year old medical student pursuing big career goals, shares how and why she made the decision to undergo an egg freezing cycle while she was still in her twenties, and the financial and physical challenges she faced along the way. Keep reading to hear Alex's story, in her own words.

Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing

By: Joshua Hurwitz, MD
October 7th, 2020

Some of the most emotionally difficult conversations I have in my office on a weekly basis are those with patients who are diagnosed with cancer and come to me for fertility preservation. There is a psychological “double blow” hitting them all at once: not only is their cancer itself scary, but they are also worried that they will not be able to have children afterwards, because chemotherapy and radiation – while lifesaving – can damage their sperm and eggs.