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.
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!
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).
Here’s who to talk to on your Care Team:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.