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Iffath Sana

Trips to the fertility clinic can be nerve-wracking. Time consuming and awkward for some, and just plainly too-much-work for others. However, fertility IS an issue that women need to be more aware off for themselves. 

Modern Fertility is an at-home comprehensive fertility test that gives one extensive information about their fertility – whether they plan on having children later in life, or are trying right now, or want to try for another child. 

The same tests are of course available at clinics, but for a much higher price. At a modest $300, Modern Fertility lets one test levels of 10 different hormones, namely Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), Estradiol (E2), Luteinizing hormone (LH), Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), Free thyroxine (FT4), Progesterone (P4), Prolactin (PRL), Free Testosterone (Free T) and Total Testosterone (T).

Modern Fertility is just one player in an increasingly competitive segment. Future Family, a Bay Area startup, offers a Fertility Age Test that gives insight to how someone’s fertility is tracking relative to their age and the status of their ovarian reserve. The Fertility Age Test™ measures three hormones (AMH, FSH and E2) that can point towards any early flags for pre-menopause or decreased ovarian reserve. 

The Fertility Age Test™ PLUS is the second offering by Future Family, that adds 4 more tests to the existing lineup (TSH, TPO, Free T3/T4) for thyroid hormone testing. All tests from FF include a free consultation with fertility experts regarding results and insights. Everylywell, a startup offering myriad home health tests, includes a similarly comprehensive fertility kit as Modern Fertility for $400, but with 11 hormone tests. 

With more women opting to have kids later in life than earlier, these at-home fertility tests can help make sure that they can make the right decisions about their future and mentally prepare them for upcoming complications. While ultimately nothing beats a test operated at the clinic, these tests can act as preliminary measures once prices can be scaled down to more affordable options like over-the-counter pregnancy test kits. 

October 29, 2017
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A freelance writer, Iffath's interests lie in fictions, people, crafts and music.

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