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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.

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

By: Christina Dias, RN, BSN
August 22nd, 2023

Navigating the complexities of IVF isn't easy, and the abundance of information you need to absorb might leave you feeling overwhelmed. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore how long the IVF process takes and what you need to know - every step of the way.

Fertility Treatment | IVF

By: Kirsten Hennigan, NP
August 16th, 2023

Finding out you may need fertility treatment in order to conceive is overwhelming. While we can’t take all the stress away completely, we can give you the tools and information that you need to tackle this journey feeling more prepared for what lies ahead.

Fertility Treatment | Single Mom By Choice

By: Brigitte Alicea, RN
July 17th, 2023

Thinking about becoming a single mom by choice? This comprehensive guide offers a step-by-step guide to the fertility treatment process, information about donor conception, and helpful resources and support for those pursuing this unique path to motherhood.

Fertility Treatment | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
July 14th, 2023

It's finally the day of your embryo transfer - you've worked so hard to get here! If you have some lingering questions (maybe even a few you're embarrassed to ask), you're in the right place. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about embryo transfers!

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.

Sex | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
June 23rd, 2023

Why don’t we talk about sex when we talk about fertility? Despite the very personal nature of fertility treatment, the sex life of a couple navigating infertility often becomes a low priority. Let's talk about why this happens and some easy ways to reconnect with your partner.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Egg Retrieval

By: Cynthia Murdock, MD
June 20th, 2023

You're finally ready to take the next big step on your IVF journey: egg retrieval and embryo creation! This is an exciting stage, but can also feel disheartening, as you receive daily reports of your dwindling egg or embryo count. Is this normal? And what is IVF attrition rate?