Sierra Dehmler is Illume Fertility’s Content Marketing Manager - and also a fertility patient herself. Combining empathy gained on her personal journey with her professional experience in marketing and content creation, she aims to empower and support other fertility patients by demystifying the fertility treatment process.
As anyone who's been through in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment will tell you - it's no walk in the park! It's an amazing process that results in the birth of thousands of beautiful, long-awaited babies each year, but it's also very physically and emotionally taxing.
We asked IVF veteran Katie what she would recommend as the best gifts for those going through treatment, and she helped us compile this ultimate gift guide for IVF warriors!
Whether you're looking for must-have items for yourself as you start a cycle or want to show someone how much you care as they navigate their own IVF journey, there's something for everyone on this list.
Katie is a current patient at RMA of Connecticut who began her fertility journey back in 2017. She is in the middle of her fourth IVF cycle, preparing for her fourth embryo transfer. Needless to say...she knows what an IVF warrior needs!
During your IVF protocol, you’re taking multiple pills a day. To help you stay on track, organized, and on time with your protocol, grab a colorful pill box! These individual daily day/night pill containers also make traveling with meds a whole lot easier.
These fertility-focused affirmation cards are perfect at any point during IVF, but especially during periods of waiting or anxiousness. With reminders like "I trust my body," these cards help to reinforce that you are capable and worthy of having a baby - and you can do this.
If you're comfortable sharing your story and want to document the process, these beautiful, wooden IVF milestone cards help commemorate each part of your journey.
Read about Katie's journey to her rainbow baby & beyond:
Embryo Transfer Day Gifts
Transfer Day Socks
Show up to your transfer in style with some “good luck” confidence-boosting socks. There are many socks with humorous IVF sayings, but if you prefer a simple print, pineapples are a classic choice.
Wearing a good luck charm on transfer day certainly can't hurt! There are plenty of beautiful IVF and fertility-related necklaces and bracelets to choose from, many of which were created especially to encourage IVF warriors.
🍍 Did you know? The pineapple is a symbol embraced by the fertility community. The idea behind it is that pineapple core contains an enzyme called bromelain, which some theorize could help with implantation on embryo transfer day. While there's no research to back that theory up, we agree that pineapple is a delicious treat on transfer day.
Yep, the name of the game on embryo transfer day is COZY. On this milestone day, you deserve to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible! A soft, warm blanket is the perfect thing to cuddle up under pre or post-transfer.
After your embryo transfer, there's nothing better than putting on some comfy, soft pajamas and curling up on the couch with your favorite show.
How does IVF really work?!
Gifts for Getting Through the Two Week Wait
Any fertility warrior will tell you just how difficult the dreaded "two week wait" is. For those not in the know, the two week wait is the time period between ovulation, an embryo transfer or day of your intrauterine insemination (IUI) where you're waiting to be able to take a pregnancy test.
This time is filled with uncertainty and anxiety for most who are trying to conceive - so distraction is key to help make the time go by faster. Here are some must-have items to help you get through the two week wait just a little easier.
Embroidery Starter Kit
Creativity is a great way to help distract yourself and ease your mind while in the two week wait. Picking up a new hobby like embroidery keeps your hands and mind busy.
Want to hear some relatable stories from others who have battled infertility? Here are a few of our favorites:
Hilariously Infertile by Karen Jeffries - Our friend Karen wrote one of the best books about infertility we've ever read. She somehow injects humor into a very unfunny, challenging journey. Must-read! (Pssst...she also gave a hilarious tour of RMA of CT back in pre-COVID days that shows you behind-the-scenes at our fertility clinic.)
Yep, another pineapple toy. Have to keep it on theme! This "stress pineapple" is the perfect squishy anxiety reliever - one that's even small enough to fit in your purse for fertility clinic appointments!