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PCOS | Nutrition

By: Jill Hickey
September 23rd, 2022

One of the most challenging parts about managing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is often learning how to nourish your body in a way that keeps your blood sugar stable and keeps you feeling good. After working as a registered dietitian nutritionist for over 20 years, I've collected a variety of delicious PCOS-friendly snack ideas that are both easy to prepare and pack a nutritional punch! 

Insulin Resistance | PCOS | preconception | Nutrition

By: Monica Moore
September 9th, 2022

An appointment at the doctor generates anxiety for many people. Whether it’s getting your blood drawn, having to undergo a painful but necessary procedure or test, or the fear of receiving bad news, going to the doctor’s office doesn’t feel like a walk in the park for most folks. 

PCOS | Reproductive Health | Choosing a Clinic

By: Sierra Dehmler
September 7th, 2022

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (commonly known as PCOS) can be a life-altering diagnosis with symptoms that are difficult to manage - especially without proper guidance. For the up to 15% of women who struggle with the condition, finding the right support and care can spell the difference between surviving and thriving with PCOS.

PCOS | Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing | Reproductive Health | Patient Stories

By: Alexandra Fontaine
August 2nd, 2022

What happens when you're concerned about the dreaded "biological clock" but not ready to have children yet? Alex, a 27-year old medical student pursuing big career goals, shares how and why she made the decision to undergo an egg freezing cycle while she was still in her twenties, and the financial and physical challenges she faced along the way. Keep reading to hear Alex's story, in her own words.

PCOS | IVF | Single Mom By Choice | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
March 4th, 2022

Choosing to become a parent is a big decision. Choosing to pursue single parenthood can add even more responsibility and potential challenges. Whether you become a single parent by choice or by chance, it is a huge undertaking - but can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Read on to hear about Kaitlyn's journey to parenthood as a single mother by choice and everything she learned along the way to bringing home her daughter Scarlett. Skip to a section: Meet Kaitlyn January 2019: Researching Her Options Taking the First Steps with Illume Fertility May 2019: Starting with IUI Treatment January 2020: First IVF Cycle March 2020: Pandemic Setbacks September 2020: Risk & Reward On Becoming a Single Mom by Choice Will people support your choices? More Resources

Acupuncture | PCOS | Pregnancy Loss | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Katie Cacchiani
December 14th, 2021

This is Part 1 of our Katie's Story series. Read Part 2 and Part 3. After coming to terms with the fact that my husband and I likely wouldn't be able to conceive on our own, we decided to seek out the help of a fertility specialist. What followed was a long journey through fertility testing, procedures, multiple pregnancy losses, three rounds of IVF, and finally meeting our rainbow baby girl.  Skip to a specific section: The First Step: Fertility Testing Understanding the World of Fertility Our First IVF Cycle Trying Again: Our Second Embryo Transfer Experiencing a New Kind of Loss Getting More Answers with an ERA Cycle Giving It One More Try: Our Third Transfer Overcoming Loss & Grief A High-Risk Pregnancy & The Greatest Reward Preview: The Journey to Baby #2 More IVF Resources