Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
Thanks to advancements in technology, we're living in a world where a quick swipe of a cotton swab can reveal everything from our ancestral background to our body's fitness and nutrition profile. With at-home testing kits going far beyond determining pregnancy and DNA, it should come as no surprise that a new startup will soon allow women to test their fertility.
Women's health company Modern Fertility launched earlier this week, offering comprehensive at-home fertility tests for just $149, reports Forbes. Founded by former 23andMe project manager Afton Vechery and UberHealth developer Carly Leahy, the women-created company recently raised $1 million in funding and aims to simplify the process of expensive fertility testing services—which can cost as much as $1500 at a clinic (as Vechery discovered when she got tested) and are often key for many women if they're planning to have children by a certain age.
Now available for preorder, Modern Fertility's discreetly packaged mail-in kits work like this: Customers send in a small finger-prick blood sample, which is then analyzed by physicians for up to 10 fertility hormones. According to the company's website, the personalized report should arrive in about five days and includes an "age-specific score that you can track over time," allowing patients to see their ovarian reserves, ovulation cycle, their fertility hormone levels and what to do about them, and how their "general body systems compare with others [of the same] age." Pre-ordered kits are expected to be mailed out by the end of the year.
Tell us: Would you try Modern Fertility's at-home test kits?