By Ellen Coule
This post is sponsored by Modern Fertility. All opinions expressed in this post are based on my honest personal experience. I will not receive any commission if you use the links in this post, but you can save $20 on your own Modern Fertility test by clicking here!
When I was about 10-years-old I wrote a plan for my future. I would go to college at 18, marry by 22, then start my own million-dollar business, buy a house, and have kids – all before age 25. At that time, 25 seemed forever away. I thought I’d be all grown up by then! Now I look back and feel like giggling my butt off at that sweet, naive little Ellen!
Last month I turned 31-years-young and, while I’m in a happy and committed long-term relationship, we have no plans for children just yet. But for years I’ve wondered about my fertility:
Am I fertile? Should I have any health-related concerns about my fertility? Would I be able to have children easily? When would I start menopause?
Although I’m not imminently concerned about the answers, these questions have come up for me a lot through the years. Until recently, I didn’t know that there was a way to potentially get some answers quickly – and, more importantly, without spending a ton of money on tests and doctor visits.
How I discovered Modern Fertility
I first heard of Modern Fertility through one of their Instagram ads. As a Content Strategist and marketing nerd, the ad caught my eye and the story they shared was so perfectly relevant to me. I was impressed! I told my sister, Cat, about the test and she was interested in taking it. Throughout the years, we’ve talked to each other about how we were curious about our fertility. This test seemed like it could give us the information we had been wondering about for years!
After doing more research into what Modern Fertility tests for, how accurate the information is, and the testing process, I was sold. I really wanted to take the test for myself and be able to share my experience with my Instagram followers, so I reached out to Modern Fertility proposing for my sister and I to review the Modern Fertility testing experience.
While my sister and I received the Modern Fertility testing experience for free, that does not sway our opinion. All opinions are our own and, as always, we value transparency and honesty more than anything. Your trust is important to me, so I want to be sure you’ve got all the facts.
So let’s dive in…
But first, check out this brief intro video from Modern Fertility:
Why I was interested in the Modern Fertility test
When their ad first caught my attention, I was impressed that Modern Fertility could offer the entire testing experience at such a low price ($159 with everything included, which I’ll detail further). But what impressed me even more was that the company was founded by two young women, Afton Vechery and Carly Leahy. You already know by now that I’m an avid supporter of women-owned businesses, so it was a no-brainer for me to test out their product experience.
On a more personal level, I’ve been so enthralled with the process of building my business that I haven’t put a lot of thought into planning for a family. I think about it sometimes, but it’s not my priority today. And the older I got, the more I wondered how my fertility options might be changing. I wanted to know more about the factors involved in my fertility, where my biometrics are today, and what my timeline might look like in case I want to start a family in the future.
When I learned that Modern Fertility could give me more information about my fertility timeline, menopause timeline, and fertility hormones, I was too curious to pass up the opportunity.
FAQ: How is Modern Fertility able to bring the cost of fertility testing down so much compared to what these tests would cost in a fertility clinic?
I wondered the same thing! Their website explains:
“Modern Fertility’s test is the same test offered in clinics. Since we are testing more patients than one doctor’s office and order a high volume of tests, we can bring the tests to you at an affordable price. The cost for our test is $159. Modern Fertility was founded to make fertility hormone tests as accessible and affordable as possible. In a clinic, these tests are typically $1500+. If your insurance plan covers infertility, the tests may only be covered when you’ve been trying to conceive for a year (something you have to go in and actually document with your doctor).”
What it’s like to receive the Modern Fertility test
The process of ordering my testing kit was just as easy as ordering anything else on the internet.
I chose the kit that tests for the following:
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
- Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
- Prolactin (PRL)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Free Thyroxine (fT4)
- Testosterone (Total T)
Right after I ordered my kit, I was taken to a sleek online dashboard that asked me to fill out a personal health history questionnaire at my convenience. I was so excited that I answered right away!
The dashboard was full of information about what to expect, and it listed details on when the next weekly webinar was scheduled. I really appreciate that they have these weekly webinars because they are hosted by a fertility nurse who can answer any questions you have about your results and give you advice on what to ask your doctor.
My testing kit came in the mail (in a discreet little box) with full instructions on when and how to take the at-home fertility testing kit. Because I’m not on hormonal birth control, I was instructed to take the test on the third full day of my period, so I had to wait a few weeks before I could actually test. (Note: If you are on hormonal birth control, you can test at any time during the month.)
Testing at home with Modern Fertility
You have the option to test with the Modern Fertility kit at home – or you can go to a Quest Diagnostics center to have them do it for you. I tested at home, and my sister went to Quest.
Since I’ve been tracking my period for the past 4+ years, I knew when I would have my period, which made it easier to plan to take the test. The instructions recommended testing first thing in the morning, before eating breakfast. It’s recommended to drink at least 1-2 cups of water prior, which helps with blood flow.
I re-read the instructions (which, honestly, I had read through at least 5 times prior because I was so excited to test!) and unpacked the kit, laying out all the pieces.
I’m not a fan of anything that involves needles, so I had my mom there to help me with the test – but I didn’t even need any help! I used the sterile tool they provided to prick my finger, and only a small drop of blood came out. I’ve always had low blood pressure, and drawing blood has sometimes been difficult for me.
Modern Fertility includes extra supplies for these scenarios. I decided to do some light jumping jacks to get my blood pumping, then I tried again. Success! This time, it came out with enough flow to fill the testing strips as instructed. Of course, they include supplies to cover your finger prick with a bandaid. As instructed, I let the tests air dry afterward (for a few hours) before sealing them up with the provided supplies and mailing them out with the prepaid shipping label.
In all, the test was easy and pretty fast. I had anticipated it being kind of scary and painful, because I hate needles, but it wasn’t. My finger felt fine afterward, and the process didn’t take long (once my blood was pumping on the second try).
I went out to brunch with family while the test strips dried, and they were ready to ship by the time we got back. Since it was a Sunday when I tested, I brought my tests to U.S.P.S. the next morning to ship to their lab. (The prepaid label and all the supplies were included with the kit, which made this so simple.)
Receiving my results from Modern Fertility
About a week later I got an email notification that my results were ready! I clicked the link, logged into my account on their online dashboard, and all of my results were presented in a way that was easy to read and understand. The dashboard shows at-a-glance where all of my hormone levels are on the spectrum. It also explains what each hormone was, what my results mean, and gave more context about why it’s important.
On the Modern Fertility dashboard, I can see:
- My hormone reports and FEMI (Fertility Measurement Index)
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) which give insight into ovarian reserve
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Prolactin (PRL) which give insight into ovulation
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Free Thyroxine (fT4), and Testosterone (Total T) which give more insight into general body health
- What my results indicate about my ovarian reserve
- What my results indicate about when I may hit menopause
- What my results indicate about how I might respond to IVF/egg freezing
- My raw results to download, print, and share with my doctors
- A helpful Discussion Guide for insight into what questions to ask my doctors
- Tips for optimizing my chances for conceiving
- Educational information about fertility options and the science of fertility
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Recommended retest date (Modern Fertility recommends testing annually, just like a regular checkup or physical, so you can track your numbers over time)
- The date for the next weekly private webinar with a fertility nurse
Yup, it’s a lot of information! But it wasn’t overwhelming – it’s empowering. I took my time to read through all the results and information at my convenience.
Modern Fertility also includes a free 1-on-1 call with a fertility nurse! I scheduled my call with Jill, and she was so friendly and knowledgeable. She made me feel comfortable, explained all of my results, answered my questions, and gave me insight into what to ask my doctor.
And if I have more questions in the future, what’s really cool is that Modern Fertility has a weekly webinar hosted by a fertility nurse! It’s private to the Modern Fertility community, and you can ask them anything about your results, your fertility goals, or really anything related to fertility!
They also have a private Slack channel offered to their community, where you can engage with others who have tested with Modern Fertility. It’s a place where you can meet new friends, talk about fertility questions, and share experiences. I’m someone who loves creating spaces for community, so this really stood out to me. A lot of people don’t necessarily have people in their lives that they feel comfortable talking about fertility with, so the private (free!) Slack channel is a way to fill that gap and provide a safe space to discuss fertility experiences.
What I’m doing with my test results
I’ve been learning more about biohacking, and right now I am all about learning about my body as much as possible. Fortunately, now I have my Modern Fertility results to give me even more information about where my biomarkers and hormones are at, so my doctors and I can have more context about which numbers we want to improve or monitor.
Toward the end of 2018 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, so the hormones that Modern Fertility tests are something I’ll want to test every year so I can monitor how the results change.
There are so many factors that can affect fertility, so I want to be sure I have all the information I need to make the best decisions for myself, so I know my options when planning my future family.
Review: Would I recommend Modern Fertility?
Definitely! I think it’s so cool that Modern Fertility provides access to this information at a reasonable price, so we can have more insight into our bodies and our options.
I was really impressed with how streamlined their entire process was. They gave me so much information, but they broke it down so it was easy to understand – plus, they include so many free ways to get answers to all your questions (even if you have questions weeks, months, or years later).
If you’d like to test with Modern Fertility, you can save $20 on your order by clicking here! (I will not receive any commission if you use the links in this post.)
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