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Welcome to Fertility 101

Making the decision to begin fertility testing and treatment is a big one. It can feel overwhelming and is often accompanied by lots of tough emotions. We're here to help break it all down for you and make it just a little bit less intimidating.

At Illume Fertility, we believe that educating, empowering, and holistically supporting fertility patients leads to greater success.

Let's embark on this journey to parenthood together. 

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Our goal at Illume Fertility is to not only help you have a healthy baby, but to ensure you feel empowered and educated along the way.

As a patient entering your own fertility journey, it’s important to surround yourself with support, know where to turn for information, and understand what lies ahead.

Feeling a little overwhelmed? That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive Fertility 101 Guide to help you move toward treatment and pregnancy with confidence. Fill out the form to download this free eBook now!

Your Dedicated Fertility Team

Here at Illume Fertility, each patient has their own support staff. You will be assigned a team of providers that are devoted to your unique fertility journey.

Your Care Team is made up of a reproductive endocrinologist, patient navigator, fertility nurse, and insurance and billing advocate. Plus, you have access to our Physician Assistant, Genetic Counseling Team, and our entire Integrated Fertility and Wellness program (more on this below).

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What if I have a question?

Here’s who to talk to on your Care Team:

Patient Navigator

Your patient navigator will help you stay organized by reminding you of pending tasks based on your individual treatment plan, scheduling appointments and connecting you with your financial, clinical and Integrated Fertility & Wellness resources within Illume Fertility.

Fertility Nurse

This is your go-to person for treatment specifics. Think: dosage, timing, and medications. If you have a question about how to administer medication or clinical questions about your cycle, your fertility nurse can help. Your nurse works closely with your physician on all aspects of your treatment to ensure the best quality care.

Insurance & Billing Advocate

Have a billing or health insurance question? This is your person. From your financial status to benefit clearance, this team member can help guide you through the financial logistics and make things a little less overwhelming.

What to know

Before Your First Appointment

Now that you've decided to move forward with seeking fertility assistance, it's important to make sure you have all the necessary logistics in order. We also recommend implementing certain lifestyle habits that can significantly improve your chances down the line. In order to help you be as prepared as possible for the journey ahead, we've created a guide that makes your planning easy.

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Budgeting for Treatment

There's no denying that fertility treatment can be expensive. With procedures, laboratory usage, and medications, it can all quickly add up. It's important to have a plan for financing the journey, whether that's in cash, credit, loans, grants, using health insurance, or a combination of all of these options. 

The first action we recommend is to call your health insurance provider and get all of your questions answered. You may uncover a benefit you never knew you had, or you may more fully understand where you'll need to fill in the gaps. There are many resources to help you pay for treatment, but before you start crunching the numbers, use the following list to get to know your exact coverage.

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Before your first appointment

Questions to Ask Your Insurance Provider

The Basics

  • What is my copay?
  • What is my out-of-pocket maximum?
  • What is my deductible?
  • How do I check my insurance benefits?
  • How do I check my exclusions?
  • What type of insurance plan do I have?
  • Is fertility covered?

The Fertility Specifics

  • Is testing to diagnose infertility covered?
  • Are there any specific procedures that I need to follow to get treatment covered?
  • What are the qualifying criteria for receiving infertility benefits?
  • Is there a dollar maximum associated with infertility treatment?

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The next step

Your Fertility Consultation

This is your first big appointment in a series of diagnostic preparatory evaluation. Here, you will meet your doctor and ultimately be introduced to the rest of your Fertility Team. We are currently conducting consultations with our reproductive endocrinologists via video conference, instead of in the office. Instead of meeting the other team members at that same time, you will receive a phone call or email or schedule a video conference with them after meeting with your reproductive endocrinologist.

During the consultation, you and your doctor will spend quite a bit of time getting to know each other. You will tell your provider about your history, discuss your current health status, and share your future goals. This is an important step in the process, as it allows a glimpse into the whole person that you are. Our providers strive to provide all-encompassing, 360-degree care, so this first get-to-know-you chat is vital.

We know this meeting can seem overwhelming and you might forget to ask a question you’ve been thinking about, or maybe you can’t quite remember what the doctor said about this or that. That’s why we created the Fertility Consultation Guide. It’s part note-taking, part checklist, and just for you in this first appointment. It will help you answer all your questions and make sure you don’t forget all that was discussed.

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Testing & Treatment

A full fertility workup helps guide us. After your first big fertility consultation appointment, your doctor will want to investigate the possible causes of your fertility challenges to help formulate the best possible treatment plan for you. This will include lab work and routine diagnostic procedures like Day 3 Testing and an HSG. Want a quick crash course in what all these terms mean and why they're so important? Scroll down to learn more so you can feel informed and empowered before you even step into the office!

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Day 3 Testing

On Day 3 of your cycle, you will have bloodwork performed to check the levels of three important markers: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and estradiol (E2).

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Day 21 Testing

Ovulation occurs around Day 14 in a regular cycle, and after that, certain hormones fluctuate and your endometrium (uterine lining) thickens. Your fertility specialist may want to do blood work and an ultrasound on Day 21 to see how well these processes are occurring.

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Semen Analysis

A semen sample is examined in a laboratory for quantity (count), color, the presence of infections or blood, any abnormalities in their size, shape, and structure (morphology), and movement (motility).

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Basal Antral Follicle Count

This test is a transvaginal ultrasound evaluating your ovarian reserve, or remaining egg supply. The ovarian reserve is one measure of your fertility potential.

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Genetic Testing

Genetic testing examines DNA, which has been called the “chemical database” that carries instructions for the body’s functions and can reveal gene changes that may cause illness or disease, including infertility.

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Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH)

This hormone is secreted by follicles in the ovaries, is an indicator of egg quantity, and can be tested at any point during a woman's cycle. This is another way we can test ovarian reserve.

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Hysterosal-pingogram (HSG)

An HSG test is an X-ray procedure used to evaluate the status of a woman’s fallopian tubes, the two structures that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. 


Sonohysterogram (SHG)

Also known as a saline infusion sonogram, this procedure begins like a transvaginal ultrasound with a slow introduction of saline into the uterus through a small catheter. SHG is used to evaluate uterine abnormalities, the endometrium (uterine lining) and other disorders.

Your path to parenthood is unique

As personal as your journey is to you, it can sometimes feel out of your control. Once you and your fertility team have decided on a course of action, one way to bring a sense of control back into your life is to study up on what will be happening with your body during fertility treatment.

Educating yourself can help you feel much more empowered and ready to start the journey! Check out the information below to learn more about what's next.

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Holistic Treatment Support

Integrated Fertility & Wellness Program (IFW)

The Integrated Fertility and Wellness team is an entire department at Illume Fertility completely dedicated to supporting you during your fertility journey. It includes acupuncture, nutrition, mental health, and yoga. Meet the team below, get to know how each discipline can enhance your journey, and reach out to the listed contact to book your appointment today.

Mental Health Support

Develop a personalized plan for maintaining equilibrium and coping with stress throughout your treatment by taking advantage of our mental health team. They are experts in supporting patients through fertility and family-building and can provide a variety of helpful tools for lowering stress and handling the ups and downs of it all.

Acupuncture Therapy

Reap both the physical and emotional benefits of traditional or laser acupuncture during your fertility journey. Acupuncture has been shown to improve embryo transfer success rates. It has also been shown to lower stress and add more peace to your journey.

Nutritional Guidance

Support your fertility treatment with a personalized nutrition plan to help you maintain a balanced lifestyle. Our registered dietitian nutritionists see all types of patients and counsel on issues like PCOS, insulin resistance, weight management, and other conditions.

Patient Advocacy

Connect with a community dedicated to breaking the stigma around fertility care, and get personalized support from our Patient Advocate, Lisa Rosenthal. Additionally, Illume Fertility is dedicated to advancing reproductive rights for all, which includes expanding insurance coverage to include fertility benefits and bringing awareness to all fertility and family-building issues. These efforts are led by Lisa and our other providers.

We encourage you to try out each discipline as they all bring something different and impactful to your family building journey.

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Support Groups

Sometimes, you just want to talk to someone who gets it. Someone going through the process right there with you.

Explore all the support group opportunities below to help get you through your own personal journey, as well as to connect, share, and build a bond with our strong fertility community.

  • Ladies' Night In
  • PCOS Yoga
  • Fertile Yoga
  • Pregnancy After Infertility
  • Parenting After Infertility
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Illume Fertility FAQs

Our goal at Illume Fertility is to deliver high-quality, compassionate care. In order to have the best experience at our practice, we want to make sure you have all the information and resources at your fingertips. Below, we answer some common questions you may have about your journey with Illume Fertility. Feel free to reach out to your Patient Navigator for any additional clarification, they are happy to help!

Where is Illume Fertility located?

Do I need to release my medical records to Illume Fertility?

What do I need to bring with me to the fertility consultation?

Does Illume Fertility use encrypted emails?

What consents will I need to sign?

What are morning monitoring hours?

When will I receive my bloodwork and/or test results?

What are Illume Fertility's hours?

What do I do when I arrive for my in-person appointment?

How do I get my medical records from Illume Fertility?

What is the current response time for general inquiries?

We are here for you

Ready to get started?

We never want you to feel alone in this journey. If you ever have any questions about your treatment, support opportunities, or the other resources listed above, please reach out to your Patient Navigator.

If you are not yet a patient and want to speak with one of our reproductive endocrinologists, fill out the form and one of our new patient liaisons will be in touch as soon as possible.

We look forward to meeting you.