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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 | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 5th, 2021

After four failed IVF cycles at another fertility clinic and almost ready to give up their hope of ever having children, Chris and Desiree decided to reach out to the team at Illume Fertility to see if they could help. This is their story. Want to jump to a specific section? Meet Chris and Desiree A New Start Navigating the Highs and Lows Finding Success After Failed IVF Reflections on Their Fertility Journey Advice to Other Fertility Patients Desiree's Top Tips Want to Share Your Story? More IVF Resources

Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
October 15th, 2021

Infertility and fertility treatment are often compared to either a roller coaster or a Ferris wheel, and for good reason. Throughout your journey, there are many twists and turns, ups and downs - and it often feels like the entire thing is out of your control. That got us wondering, “If all the pieces of fertility treatment were like rides at an amusement park, which ones would they be?” 

Fertility Treatment | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
August 26th, 2021

It's finally the day of your embryo transfer. You've worked so hard to get here. You've dealt with so many morning monitoring appointments, ultrasounds, medications, forms, phone calls, emails and consults with your doctor - you've stopped keeping count. You're READY for this big day. But you might have some lingering questions (maybe even a few that you're nervous or embarrassed to ask your Care Team). If this is you, you're in the right place. In this blog, we'll answer six of the most commonly asked questions about embryo transfers - and hopefully, give you a little more peace of mind in the process. Let's dive in!

Fertility Treatment | IVF

By: Christina Dias, RN, BSN
August 12th, 2021

You’ve made the decision to seek the help of a fertility specialist – which is a huge step towards achieving your family-building goals.  At this point, you are likely eager to get the process started, leading you to wonder: how long does the IVF process REALLY take from start to finish? As Illume Fertility's Director of Nursing with many years of fertility nursing experience, I'm here to break it all down for you and - hopefully - make it a little less intimidating.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Fertility Treatment | IVF | INVOcell

By: Dr. Spencer Richlin
August 5th, 2021

INVOcell is an excellent new option for patients who are looking for an alternative to traditional In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Here at Illume Fertility, we've been hard at work preparing to launch INVOcell for over a year, and we're finally ready to start offering this treatment to our patients. Our entire team is thrilled to have another amazing tool in our fertility treatment toolbox. So what exactly is INVOcell? Let's dive in.

Ovulation | Fertility Treatment | IVF | IUI | Affording Treatment

By: Mark Leondires, MD
May 13th, 2021

For the 1 out of 8 couples struggling with family building, the costs associated with fertility treatments can be staggering. However, if you live in one of the nineteen states that mandate fertility coverage, the costs can become much more manageable. Even if you live in a state that doesn’t provide extended coverage, many insurance policies will cover some testing or medications if you have met your annual deductible. If you’re paying out-of-pocket, it’s important to understand the investment you might have to make in order to complete your treatment and the many grants, scholarships, and loans that are available to you. When pursuing fertility assistance, it is very difficult to pinpoint a precise cost for your particular treatment until you and your partner, if applicable, have both undergone a complete assessment. This includes confirmation of ovulation, a sperm analysis, and an examination of reproductive organs. At that point, your fertility specialist, or Reproductive Endocrinologist (REI), can determine a treatment path according to your diagnosis, narrowing the scope of your estimated costs.  Let's break down some of the most common infertility treatments, and talk about the average associated costs of each.

News | Fertility Treatment | Fertility Testing

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 5th, 2021

We are so excited to announce the opening of our brand new office in Harrison, New York! Get a sneak peek of the new office by watching this video tour, then read on to learn more.

Sex | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
April 13th, 2021

Why don’t we talk about sex when we talk about fertility? Look at the intimacies that are shared in fertility support meetings, and all over the media—sperm count, follicle count, diminished ovarian reserve, depth of endometrial lining, is the vaginal mucous mucous-y enough, what’s the right underwear for retrieval day (yes, that’s really a thing), boxers versus briefs, uteruses, ovaries, and so on... All those topics are commonplace in fertility, but talking about sex? Gasp! That’s still a pretty hard, taboo topic. So, yes, sex still seems like the final frontier in fertility conversations.