Skip to main content

Trying to conceive?

Fertility Blog

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 | 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.

Pregnancy Loss | Twins | IVF | Genetics

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 26th, 2024

Recent research shows that 42% of U.S. adults have utilized fertility treatment or know someone who has. But even with the increasing prevalence of treatments like IVF, some still struggle for years to conceive. In this story, one couple opens up about their difficult journey.

Male Infertility | Twins | IVF

By: Sierra Dehmler
April 25th, 2024

When you have to pay for fertility treatment out of pocket, it's natural to want to give yourself the best possible chances of success. Hear from one uninsured couple who had two sets of fraternal twins as a result of their choices during IVF treatment.

Twins | IVF | Genetic Testing | Patient Stories | Pregnancy & Infant Loss

By: Sierra Dehmler
January 10th, 2022

After years of wondering if she would ever become a mother, Nicole and her husband Scott decided to seek guidance from the fertility experts at Illume Fertility to see if it was possible for her to conceive with her diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis. This is their journey through IVF, a multiple pregnancy, heartbreaking loss and finding light on the other side. ⚠️ Content Warning: This story includes discussion of pregnancy loss and stillbirth. If you're in a vulnerable place, please protect your mental wellbeing by skipping this post for now.

Twins | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
December 3rd, 2021

After struggling to conceive on their own, Danielle and Rob began a path to parenthood that would lead them through ICSI and IVF to a huge surprise they never could have anticipated. Read about their journey through infertility, a complex and challenging pregnancy and their advice to fellow fertility warriors in this honest account of how they grew their family. Skip to a specific section: Meet Danielle & Rob The First Step: Seeking Out Help Uncovering Male Factor Fertility Issues Leaning on Their Care Team for Support The Challenges of the IVF Process Remaining Hopeful & Preparing for Transfer #2 The Shock of a Lifetime Becoming Parents x 2 Advice for Other Fertility Patients Staying Connected to the Fertility Community More Resources

PCOS | Twins | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
September 21st, 2021

1 in 10 women have PCOS. Around 50% of those with PCOS have had to visit two (or more!) healthcare providers before being properly diagnosed with PCOS. Megan is one of those women. This is her journey through a delayed PCOS diagnosis, medicated cycles, IUI, and finally, IVF.

Unexplained Infertility | Twins | IVF | Patient Stories

By: Sierra Dehmler
August 18th, 2021

Some people dream of having twins. Some even enter into the fertility treatment process hoping for twins. But no matter what, finding out that you're pregnant with multiples is a shock! In this special Illume Fertility family story, Stephanie shares her journey through unexplained infertility, a high-risk pregnancy, and creating her family of four.