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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.

Pregnancy | Video

By: Monica Moore, MSN, APRN
July 15th, 2024

Some Ask Monica episodes may contain references to our previous name, RMA of CT. Learn more here.

Pregnancy | Fertility Treatment | TTC | Video

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

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

Pregnancy | Fertility Basics | TTC | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 16th, 2023

Ah, yes. Everyone's least favorite thing about trying to conceive: the dreaded "two week wait." Obsessively wondering if you're pregnant, documenting your symptoms by the hour, blowing through packages of pregnancy tests even though you know it's too early to's a difficult time to navigate.

Pregnancy | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
August 4th, 2022

What happens after you successfully conceive with the help of fertility treatment? This big and exciting transition of care from your fertility clinic (where you've been closely monitored for so long) back to your OB/GYN's office (where you're "just" a regular pregnant patient) can also be nerve-wracking. So let's talk about it!

Pregnancy | IVF | Mental Health | Patient Stories

By: Katie Cacchiani
January 28th, 2022

This is Part 2 of our Katie's Story series. Read Part 1 and Part 3. After a long journey involving multiple pregnancy losses, three rounds of IVF and lots of waiting, we finally welcomed our daughter Nora in 2020. But we were anxious about what it would take for us to try and give Nora a little brother or sister. This is Part 2 of my story, which includes some updates about whether our fourth frozen embryo transfer was successful, the emotional roller coaster of early pregnancy and what's next for our family. Skip to a specific section: July 2021: Planning for Baby #2 Navigating Insurance & the Emotions of Starting Again My Second Egg Retrieval December 2021: Frozen Embryo Transfer January 2022: Am I Pregnant? Pregnancy Ultrasound #1 Pregnancy Ultrasound #2 Where Am I Now? More Infertility Resources

Pregnancy | Support | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
November 9th, 2021

You're finally pregnant! Everything should be sunshine and rainbows now...right? Of course it's wonderful news. But being pregnant doesn't erase everything it took for you to get here.

Pregnancy | Fertility | Reproductive Endocrinologist | PCOS | Illume Fertility Team | Health | Wellness | Support | Women's Health | Reproductive Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
September 1st, 2018

The challenges of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are very well known to the RMA of Connecticut fertility team. Here’s one attention commanding statistic (supplied by PCOSChallenge): 1 in 10 women will be affected by this multi-faceted metabolic syndrome and it is the number one cause of infertility. PCOS at RMA of Connecticut