Fertility is something that many couples struggle with in their quest to get pregnant. Even worse, traditional fertility testing can be extremely invasive and cost thousands of dollars. This is a fact that hasn’t escaped the creators of Modern Fertility, a company seeking to modernize fertility tests by giving women the ability to take them at home for a fraction of the cost.
Modern Fertility is the brainchild of former Uber execs Afton Vechery and Carly Leahy. Started shortly after Vechery received a bill for $1,500 following a routine fertility testing experience of her own, the company was born out of a desire to make fertility testing more accessible to all women by drastically lowering the costs.
Carly Leahy, who created a program called UberHealth that provides flu care and shot packages, has plenty of experience developing high-tech medical kits for customers on demand.
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The fertility test offered by Modern Fertility works much the same way as more “traditional” ones. It maps ovulation, ovarian reserve (which Leahy and Vechery explain is a “fancy way of saying ‘how many eggs you have'”), and other key factors using 10 specific fertility-based hormones.
After you take the initial test, the package is sent back to Modern Fertility to be evaluated. Within five business days, the company sends back results in the form of an age-specific “fertility score.”
All of the tests from Modern Fertility meet federal standards and all results are reviewed and evaluated by real physicians to ensure they are as accurate as possible.
The best part of the entire thing? The tests only cost $149. That definitely isn’t as cheap as a store-bought pregnancy test. But the fertility assessments offered by Modern Fertility are significantly less expensive and time-consuming than more traditional options.
According to the CDC, as many as 7.4 million women reported receiving infertility services between 2006 and 2010, and that number doesn’t include the millions of women who likely didn’t have access to the tests and treatments they needed. Since it’s the first fertility test of its kind, we can’t help but hope that Modern Fertility sparks a revolution of accessibility in the world of medical care.
If you are interested in ordering your own, you can head over to the Modern Fertility website for more info.
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