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4 reasons why people are testing their hormones at home during COVID-19

4 reasons why people are testing their hormones at home during COVID-19

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There’s no question that a lot is up in the air right now — nearly one-third of the people we spoke to for our Modern State of Fertility 2020 survey have changed their fertility or family planning decisions due to COVID-19.

Whether you’re putting your plans for kids on hold or are ready to start trying right now, the Modern Fertility Hormone Test is an easy way to learn more about your body from the safety and comfort of home. (And if you’re not sure about kids or they’re in your very distant future? Your fertility hormones don’t just play a role in conception — they can also key you in to potential health conditions like thyroid disorders and PCOS.)

We reached out to members of our Modern Community — a digital space for anyone with ovaries to connect and have unfiltered conversations about reproductive health — to understand why they decided to test their hormones at home right now. Here’s what they said.

1. To inform their decision to start trying now or wait until later

“My husband and I had agreed to start trying to conceive when COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place began,” says Stevie, a member of the Modern Community. “We decided to use Modern Fertility to test my hormones, so we could make informed decisions about trying to get pregnant now or waiting until we know more about COVID-19.”

2. To get some answers safely from home

Lena, another member of the Modern Community, plans on doing additional testing with her doctor later in June 2020, but she’s not sure how easy that will be given COVID-19’s impact on in-person appointments. She’s using the Modern Fertility Hormone Test to start collecting info, no matter when she can get to the clinic. “It feels like a safe way to get some answers without having to try to get into my doctor’s office,” she explains.

3. To learn more about their fertility now and plan accordingly

Olivia knows that trying for kids is in her near future, so she wanted to learn all she can about her reproductive health to help with planning. She understands the realities of COVID-19, but she’s not letting that deter her from her path: “It seems like the pandemic will be around for a while, so why not take the time to learn and plan accordingly?” she says.

Christina is also planning ahead. “We are getting married in the fall and are hoping to start a family shortly after,” she explains. Even though she won’t start trying for kids for a while, she’s planning ahead. “I wanted to be proactive and get some insight as to where we’re starting from,” says Christina.

4. To put their minds at ease

Laura has been trying to get pregnant since September 2019. “I'm 34, so my OB-GYN recommended that I check in with him after six months, and that was the plan,” she explains. Then… “Wham! We were quarantined for two weeks and on the day of our release, our state began its stay-at-home order.”

Laura started researching other options for learning more about her reproductive health without depending on the availability of in-person appointments. “When I found Modern Fertility, I thought it could be a good first step to understanding more about my fertility and putting my mind at ease,” she explains. “The fact that I could complete the test by myself and the only contact required was with the mailbox — it was the perfect solution!”

What you get with the Modern Fertility Hormone Test

The Modern Fertility Hormone Test measures the same hormones that traditional fertility clinics do — only at home, and for a fraction of the price. Depending on your birth control, you can test up to eight fertility hormones: anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), estradiol (E2, an estrogen), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin (P), and free thyroxine (fT4) if your TSH level suggests further testing would be helpful. (No matter what birth control you’re on, you can always test your AMH and TSH levels.)

What can you learn from looking at these hormone levels? Since there are many factors that play into how likely any of us is to conceive, no blood test can tell you whether or not you’re fertile. But the Modern Fertility Hormone Test can give you important insight into your ovarian reserve (how many eggs you have), potential outcomes for egg freezing and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), health conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid disorders, and how your fertility is changing over time. All of which can be incredibly useful when thinking about your timeline for kids.

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Sarah duRivage-Jacobs

Sarah duRivage-Jacobs is a writer and editor at Modern Fertility. She lives with her creamsicle cat, Jasper, in New York City and doesn't believe in the concept of TMI.

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