I’m so excited to share something that has been in the works all year at Modern Fertility: the tools for women to track how their fertility hormones are changing over time.
(Read today's news and hear one woman's fertility story in Glamour
We’ve refreshed our core fertility hormone testing experience to support annual testing, which provides the first-ever view into how our reproductive health is shifting. Existing Modern Fertility customers can log in to access the new experience, which includes six brand new customized reports on Ovarian Reserve, Ovulation, General Wellness, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI), and Egg-Freezing and IVF. New customers can create an account to get started.
Reports, Modern Fertility
We’re seeing some irreversible, major cultural shifts that make fertility tracking all the more essential: women are waiting until later in life to have kids, and we are now accustomed to taking greater control over our lives. And yet our biology hasn’t changed, and neither has the traditional approach to fertility care. This divide is causing a real problem: one in six couples currently struggle to conceive. We think education is the best way to close this gap. While IVF, egg-freezing and kids may not be for everyone clinically-sound, neutral information is—and information is power.
We periodically check up on our daily steps, nutrition, and financial savings, not to mention cholesterol and blood pressure—why shouldn’t we routinely check in on our reproductive health? This isn’t just about planning for kids or having them, it’s about owning an important piece of our body that impacts our overall health and future.
When we first started Modern Fertility, we set out to make personalized fertility information more accessible by offering it outside of the limited capacity (and high costs) of the 500 nationwide infertility clinics.
We began offering the most comprehensive fertility hormone test you can take at home. We’ve been blown away by the sheer enthusiasm from women who want proactive information about what’s going in their bodies. One snapshot of your hormone levels is essential for getting a baseline understanding of ovarian reserve, potential success of egg-freezing and IVF, conditions like PCOS or POI, and possible menopause timing. But single fertility hormone tests represent a moment in time. They can’t if you’ll be able to get pregnant at a certain point in the future, or where your hormones will be in a year. Your fertility curve is another thing entirely.
Ovarian Reserve Report, Modern Fertility
We know that our fertility declines with age, but the rate at which it does is unique to each one of us. Just like all women have different metabolisms, we have different fertility curves. This rate is quite important when you’re trying to understand your reproductive years. By testing over time, you can now connect the dots between the changes in your fertility hormones so that you can get a view into your unique curve. Each Modern Fertility report is personalized to you, based on your lifestyle factors and age, so it is the closest thing to having an expert available to you from your home—or pocket.
According to Scott Nelson, Modern Fertility’s Medical Advisor and Muirhead Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic,
“Your ovarian reserve is a dynamic state and it’s changing across your lifetime. By getting repeat measurements, you’re getting the best possible estimate of your ovarian reserve, including where it is today and how it’s changing and ensure that you can continue to make informed choices about your reproductive future.”
Dashboard, Modern Fertility
So let’s see how this all works!
Here’s a snapshot of the new dashboard, showing my recent fertility hormone check-in.
Afton's hormone level summary, Modern Fertility
First up, a summary of all your hormone results in one place. If this is the first time you’ve tested, you’ll see one result. Once you test over time, you’ll see your previous and recent results so you can understand what’s changed. (Keep in mind, I’m not on hormonal birth control, which is why you see all of the hormone levels represented. If you are on hormonal birth control, you can still test AMH and TSH, two important hormones for understanding reproductive health.)
Now, let’s dig into the customized reports.
Afton's Ovarian Reserve Report, Modern Fertility
We’ll walk you through what your hormones can tell you about your reproductive health, starting with ovarian reserve, ovulation, and general wellness. You’ll see clear takeaways for what your hormone levels can mean for your ovarian reserve, potential outcomes of fertility treatments like egg freezing and IVF, and possible menopause timing. You can dive deeper into a personalized report on each of these—all customized to your hormones, your body.
Each report also lets you look closely at hormone changes with interactive graphs (they’re pretty fun to play with).
Afton's AMH graph
If you’ve tested multiple times, you’ll see how your hormones change over time. Take my AMH, for example, which has gone down slightly since my last test (a decline in AMH is expected for all women over time). The information helped me have a really good conversation with my doctor about PCOS.
That's a quick look, but you feel free to check out my full results dashboard. There's plenty more to explore in the six new customized reports covering Ovarian Reserve, Ovulation, General Wellness, POI, PCOS and Egg-freezing and IVF.
At Modern Fertility, we are seriously devoted to making fertility information more accessible—and improving the quality of that information for women everywhere. Today’s launch is a big step toward making sure every woman can understand her fertility over time. We deserve new levels of insight into our bodies to take more authority over our future, and annual fertility check-ins are one way that Modern Fertility is playing a role.