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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.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Donor Conception | Single Dad by Choice

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 27th, 2024

Becoming a parent is one of the hardest, most rewarding experiences in life. Becoming a single parent through surrogacy brings even more challenges, including significant financial hurdles. In this story, a father through surrogacy shares how he navigated major obstacles and setbacks to finally welcome his daughter.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Twins | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 18th, 2024

Considering surrogacy, but feeling overwhelmed? Two dads who have been through the process open up to share their personal journey through egg donation and surrogacy and offer helpful tips for fellow dads-to-be.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | IVF | Choosing a Clinic

By: Sierra Dehmler
June 15th, 2024

The process of expanding your family through surrogacy can be complex and overwhelming, with many layers of medical, legal, financial, and logistical challenges to navigate. Learn why it's so important to work with both a fertility clinic and a surrogacy agency, how they differ, and ways to find the perfect match of professionals for your personal journey.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Fertility Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
May 7th, 2024

Did you know that Illume Fertility has a dedicated resource hub created just for LGBTQ+ patients called Gay Parents To Be? Learn what Gay Parents To Be offers, its special connection to our Medical Director, Dr. Mark Leondires, and how it can help you.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Affording Treatment

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 24th, 2024

Navigating the world of surrogacy can be daunting, particularly when it comes to finances. In this guide, we explore the average cost of surrogacy in the United States in 2024, with a special focus on possible additional financial considerations for same-sex male couples.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Donor Conception | Egg Donor

By: Mark Leondires, MD
April 24th, 2024

Choosing an egg donor is one of the first big decisions you'll need to make as a dad-to-be pursuing surrogacy. In this guide, we provide a comprehensive overview of the emotional, medical, and legal aspects to help you navigate the process of finding an ideal egg donor.

Surrogacy | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 24th, 2024

The path to parenthood through gestational surrogacy is complex, requiring coordinated efforts from many different parties: the intended parent(s), a physician, fertility clinic team, surrogacy agency, legal experts, and sometimes donors. In this story, one woman shares how her experience working in a fertility clinic led her to become a surrogate herself.

LGBTQ+ Family Building | Surrogacy | Genetics

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 9th, 2024

There are many important decisions to make on your journey to parenthood. But for gay dads-to-be embarking on the surrogacy process, one of the first big questions to answer is "Whose sperm are we going to use?"