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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.

Pregnancy Loss | Fertility Surgeries

By: Alexis Ephie, RN, BSN
November 29th, 2023

There are many reasons a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure may be recommended by your doctor, including after miscarriage, to diagnose and/or treat conditions like abnormal uterine bleeding, or following childbirth. Here's what to know, straight from a fertility nurse.

Fertility Treatment | Egg Retrieval | Choosing a Clinic | Fertility Surgeries

By: Spencer Richlin, MD
September 22nd, 2023

As you prepare for your IVF egg retrieval, you may be wondering: What kind of sedation or anesthesia will be used for my egg retrieval? What measures are in place to ensure I remain comfortable? Get answers to all these questions and more, straight from an experienced surgeon at a fertility clinic.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Egg Retrieval | Embryo Transfer | Fertility Surgeries

By: Brigitte Alicea, RN
June 28th, 2023

Fertility treatments are considered very safe, but all medical procedures carry some risk of potential side effects. With in vitro fertilization (IVF), each stage of the process can bring on a unique set of symptoms. Here's what IVF side effects you can expect throughout your journey.

Fertility Treatment | Fertility Surgeries

By: Nina Garcia, RN
May 8th, 2023

When you're having trouble conceiving, you may need to undergo fertility surgery (such as hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, or myomectomy) in order to increase chances of conception and remove impediments to implantation. In this guide, we explore how these procedures can help and what to expect from a visit to Illume Fertility's surgical suite.

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.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Egg Retrieval | Fertility Surgeries

By: Kirsten Hennigan, NP
March 17th, 2023

You’ve finally made it to your egg retrieval! As you prepare for this big milestone, let's walk through the biggest side effects of IVF egg retrieval - what to expect, what symptoms to look out for, how to spot OHSS, and what comes next on your fertility journey.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Fertility Testing | Fertility Surgeries

By: Jamie Dobos, RN
March 14th, 2023

Making the decision to begin fertility treatment is a big step for any hopeful parent. Now that you've decided to move forward with in vitro fertilization (IVF), what happens next? Let's walk through what to expect as you prepare for your IVF cycle, including which fertility tests and procedures you may undergo and why proper preparation for IVF is so essential.