Listen to Afton Vechery, Modern Fertility’s CEO and co-founder, guide Brit + Co founder Brit Morin through her Modern Fertility Hormone Test results on a supportive, empowering episode of Morin’s podcast Teach Me Something New. Morin shares her experiences with pregnancy, her lifelong concerns about fertility, and the (frustrated and happy!) emotions she encountered after learning more about her hormones.
Too often, people don’t know they may have fertility struggles until they’ve already started trying to conceive. Our current healthcare system is quite reactive when it comes to fertility — meaning you have to prove that you've been trying to get pregnant for a certain period of time to get tests covered by insurance. Recently, Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co, brought our CEO and co-founder Afton Vechery on her podcast, Teach Me Something New, to discuss how our reproductive systems work, common misconceptions around fertility, and what she learned from testing her fertility hormones.
“Historically, there have been so many blockers to getting this information because fertility is such a touchy subject... There is no care pathway to help you navigate it along the way,” our CEO told Morin. “And so we just don't have that information about our reproductive health. At Modern Fertility, we think that needs to change,” Vechery continues.
Morin, a 34-year-old mom of two, starts by sharing her pregnancy anxieties. Morin’s concerns about fertility started at the early age of nine, which goes to show that we immediately learn to be mystified by this aspect of our health. Morin got her first period at nine years old, and it frightened her.
“I was like, what does that mean?” Morin says. “Do I have less eggs now? Am I going to not be as fertile when I'm 30 because I [had] my period early?” Morin went on to have her first child at age 28, but as she says, “I had no idea if it was going to be hard or not.” Morin’s doctor had mentioned that it could take as long as one year for her to conceive because her cycle needed to readjust after years of birth control use — but she got pregnant after only three months.
Even when speaking to a doctor, fertility remained a mystery. Morin shares that now, as she plans for baby number three, she is still just as uncertain about her fertility and whether or not getting pregnant will be difficult this time around.
Prior to recording the podcast, Morin took the Modern Fertility Hormone Test at home, and got her dashboard and results back — including reports based on ovarian reserve, ovulation, egg freezing and IVF, menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), and a deep dive into the anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH). That last hormone helps doctors understand how many eggs remain in your ovaries.
Morin tells Vechery, “I'm just going to tell the world right now that I'm kind of bummed. I have pretty low levels of AMH, so does that mean it's probably going to be hard for me to get pregnant again?” Vechery reassures Morin by explaining that these results don’t mean she won’t be able to get pregnant; rather, AMH levels are “fertility detectives in our bodies that we can use to understand” our individual reproductive systems. (While AMH isn’t linked to your chances of getting pregnant today, it has been linked to potential outcomes for egg freezing and IVF and menopause timing.)
Morin’s AMH levels are revealed to be slightly low, meaning “they’re right on the cusp of normal,” Vechery says. Compared to other women her age, she has slightly fewer eggs in her ovaries — but, as Vechery explains, this can be looked at as helpful instead of upsetting. Morin can now plan her pregnancy timeline with more data in hand, in hopes of avoiding the 10-year window that precedes menopause and can complicate trying to conceive.
Morin responds that she still feels down about the results because she is “used to being a perfectionist,” something that many women can relate to. Now that she got this info about her body, what should she do with it? Sparking a convo with her doctor is the next step.
“We wanted to start a fertility education company so that we could have a conversation about how fertility correlates with age, what all of these hormones are, and what they tell us about our body,” Vechery responds. “And so, with your results right now, it's really meant to be shared with your doctor to have that informed conversation.” For example, Vechery explains, Morin can now use this data in discussions about egg freezing and IVF should she want to explore those assisted reproductive technology (ART) options.
Morin shares an update with her listeners before the episode ends; she visited a fertility doctor after interviewing Vechery! After getting an ultrasound of her uterus to find out how many follicles are in her ovaries (the fluid-filled sacs that house and release eggs), and whether pregnancy may be difficult, she learned that her follicle count is normal for her age regardless of slightly low AMH levels.
“I'm really glad I did the Modern Fertility test because it told me that I was probably going to be normal to slightly low, and I [was]. It gave me peace of mind,” Morin says. “I feel way less stressed. I think if I were to do this every year, especially if I were in my early 20s, I would feel so good about just knowing whether I had time or not [to conceive naturally], and what I can do about it.”
By learning more about her reproductive health, Morin felt she could better navigate her anxiety and be proactive about her options. “I hope you are feeling a lot more informed about your own fertility,” she tells her listeners. “I hope you're feeling that it's a little less scary and less taboo… and feeling more empowered to take control of your life.”