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Fertility Treatment | IVF | Genetic Testing | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 21st, 2022

Christa and Aland always knew they wanted to have two children, but they never expected to have both of them at the same time! Keep reading to hear about their challenging fertility and pregnancy journey, how they ended up with IVF identical twins, and how they managed to stay positive throughout the process. 

Genetic Testing | Fertility Testing

By: Anthony Porto
June 23rd, 2022

What is preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and how does it work? What are the risks and benefits? How much does it cost? Can it help me have a healthier baby? Does PGT reduce the risk of miscarriage? As a genetic counselor at Illume Fertility, my role is to help patients get answers questions like these so they can better understand genetic testing and the information it provides. Let's dive into the world of genetics together to learn more!

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Fertility Treatment | IVF | Genetic Testing | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 21st, 2022

After receiving some shocking news on their fertility journey, Alyson and her husband were advised to move straight to IVF treatment - something they never expected to hear. This is the story of what happened next and everything they learned on the way to meeting their baby girl, Emmy.

Genetic Testing

By: Jamie Speer
October 2nd, 2020

Over the 40 years since in vitro fertilization (IVF) first produced a baby, doctors and scientists have discovered many improvements that have steadily increased the rate of successful births for IVF patients and slowly decreased the incidence of miscarriage. And now, there has been a recent discovery: a new method of testing embryos for genetic issues, called Preimplantation Genetic Testing. It promises to lead to even more healthy pregnancies and babies for parents who rely on IVF.

IVF | Genetic Testing

By: Jamie Speer
September 25th, 2019

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell disease is a relatively common genetic disorder – around one in 10 African-Americans is a carrier for the sickle cell trait. Other groups can carry sickle cell trait as well, including Hispanics, Caribbean, South Americans, Central Americans, and those from certain parts of Europe, including Italy and Greece. In addition to working with patients who carry the sickle cell trait, fertility clinics can also work with patients who have sickle cell disease. It’s also important to note that advancements in the field of genetic testing have made it possible for sickle cell carriers to avoid passing on the condition to their children.