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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 | 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?

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Fertility Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 6th, 2023

Did you know that Illume Fertility has a dedicated program created just for LGBTQ+ patients called Gay Parents To Be? Learn why we created this special resource, what Gay Parents To Be offers, its special connection to our Medical Director, Dr. Mark Leondires, and more.

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.