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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.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Egg Retrieval

By: Kirsten Hennigan, NP
March 17th, 2023

You’ve finally made it to your egg retrieval! As you prepare for this big milestone, let's walk through the biggest side effects of IVF egg retrieval - what to expect, what symptoms to look out for, how to spot OHSS, and what comes next on your fertility journey.

Choosing a Clinic

By: Sierra Dehmler
March 15th, 2023

When it comes to choosing a fertility clinic, only you can decide what works best for your goals, personality, and lifestyle. One of the most important decisions you'll make is whether to choose a multi-provider practice or a single-provider practice. Let's explore the pros and cons of each so you can make this decision with confidence.

Fertility Treatment | IVF | TTC | Fertility Testing

By: Jamie Dobos, RN
March 14th, 2023

Making the decision to begin fertility treatment is a big step for any hopeful parent. Now that you've decided to move forward with in vitro fertilization (IVF), what happens next? Let's walk through what to expect as you prepare for your IVF cycle, including which fertility tests and procedures you may undergo and why proper preparation for IVF is so essential. 

Infertility Awareness | Endometriosis

By: Shaun Williams, MD, FACOG
March 9th, 2023

Endometriosis can be a challenging condition to navigate, and it's often difficult to find the answers you need. Let's explore the most common endometriosis symptoms, treatment options and the emotional impact of living with this often painful disease with the help of Casey Berna, an advocate and counselor in the endometriosis community. 

Fertility Treatment | IVF | Egg Retrieval | Fertility Testing

By: Jamie Dobos, RN
March 9th, 2023

As a nurse at Illume Fertility who has also been a patient here, I know how daunting fertility treatment can be. One of the big milestones in IVF is egg retrieval day - let's talk about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure so you feel as prepared as possible!

Fertility | PCOS

By: Joshua Hurwitz, MD
March 2nd, 2023

In the United States alone, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects over 5 million women of reproductive age, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed endocrine disorders. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about the condition, which leads to many pervasive myths about PCOS and fertility. Let's explore six of the most common myths about PCOS.

Fertility Treatment | BIPOC

By: Dr. Ilana Ressler, FACOG
February 23rd, 2023

The world of fertility can be overwhelming to navigate, and this holds especially true for many women of color. Harmful stereotypes, a lack of representation, and injustices in the healthcare system can cause women of color, especially Black women, to feel isolated from the conversation and discouraged from seeking fertility support. 

Fertility Basics | Fertility Treatment | Fertility Testing

By: Sarah Waters, RN/WHNP
February 21st, 2023

One of the first steps on any family-building journey is a comprehensive fertility workup. This assessment includes blood work and other tests performed at various points in your menstrual cycle. Day 21 fertility testing is an essential part of evaluating your hormone levels and ensuring your body is prepared for a healthy pregnancy. Let's explore why!