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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 | PCOS | Video

By: Monica Moore, MSN, APRN
July 13th, 2024

Ask Monica is a Q&A video series hosted by Nurse Practitioner Monica Moore.

Fertility | Nutrition

By: Jill Hickey, RDN
December 11th, 2023

It's officially soup season, and we have some delicious, fertility-friendly recipes for you to try! Whether you enjoy them with family and friends or store them in the freezer for an easy weeknight dinner, these yummy, warming soups are the perfect winter meal.

Fertility | Nutrition

By: Jennifer Walsh, RDN
December 8th, 2023

What is intuitive eating? And how can this non-diet approach to nutrition be beneficial for those struggling with fertility? A registered dietitian nutritionist shares her expertise.

Fertility | PCOS

By: Joshua Hurwitz, MD
March 2nd, 2023

In the United States alone, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects over 5 million women of reproductive age, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed endocrine disorders. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about the condition, which leads to many pervasive myths about PCOS and fertility. Let's explore six of the most common myths about PCOS.


By: Virginia Hamilton Furnari
March 27th, 2020

“Social Distancing” Doesn’t Stop Everything Infertility doesn't just disappear now that we're called to "socially distance" ourselves from the rest of humanity.

Family Building | Fertility | Our Doctors

By: Illume Fertility Care Team
January 8th, 2020

We’re delighted to announce that all 6 of the RMA of Connecticut fertility physicians have ranked as Castle Connolly Top Doctors again. Since 1991, the renowned publishing company Castle Connolly has compiled the list of America’s Top Doctors® each year. Every doctor on the list is nominated by peer doctors in their specific field and assessed by a physician-led research team.

Infertility | Fertility | Health | Wellness | Support | IVF | IUI | TTC | Fertility Testing | Mental Health | Community

By: Dr. Amy Matton, DACM, L.Ac
September 21st, 2018

My observation is that we have gotten away from the natural order of things. With the advent of modern technology, many of us are less in touch with nature than ever before. Days can go by without our feet ever touching the earth, even during the hot summer months. This is especially true for someone challenged by the rigors of infertility. It’s hard for our feet to touch the ground when we’re so caught up in the everyday hormone injections and necessary fertility treatment procedures. The process becomes so all-consuming that we can forget the simple beauty that comes with each day. How long has it been since you have walked in the woods, stood by the ocean, or marveled at the full moon? With the start of fall, this is a good time to offer ourselves yet another chance to truly enjoy the beauty of the season by reconnecting with the universe as well as reconnecting with ourselves. I have always found comfort in the understanding that the laws of the universe apply to all.

Infertility | Fertility | Support | Infertility Coverage | Fertility Treatment | IVF | TTC | Affording Treatment

One of the hardest decisions Dan and I faced during fertility treatment was making the transition from IUI (intrauterine insemination) to IVF (in vitro fertilization). I remember after failing our third round of IUI treatment (yes, I know, the politically correct way of putting this is, “after my third failed cycle”, but let’s face it, it felt like a personal failure when there was no positive pregnancy test!), my husband and I came face to face with a decision making moment: to pursue another round of IUI or bust out the big guns, moving ahead with IVF. There was a lot of time discussing this potentially life changing decision. We made tons of pros and cons lists because we wanted to ensure we were choosing the best option for the two of us and our situation. We considered lots of factors, but two kept rising to the top of importance: financial cost and our emotional sanity.