Fertility Testing | FAQ | Modern Fertility

FAQ

Can I pay for the test with my FSA/HSA card?
Yes, we accept FSA/HSA cards. Your Modern Fertility test is approved by a physician so it should fit within the guidelines for most HSA/FSA coverage, but it’s always best to check directly with your plan before purchasing. Once you’ve purchased a test, please email support@modernfertility.com to request an itemized receipt. Our itemized receipt includes information on the test(s) ordered, physician name and NPI, requisition number, date ordered, total amount paid, and your customer contact info.
How does the Quest process work?
  1. Find your day: The day and time you swing by Quest depends on your birth control. We’ll help you pinpoint it and set up an appointment.
  2. Swing by Quest: You’ll bring your requisition form (we’ll send it to you!) and an ID to the lab. Your test is all paid for so you won’t need a credit card or insurance card.
  3. Get your results: We’ll email you with a link to your personalized dashboard about 10 business days after your draw. Inside your dashboard you’ll find information about your hormones, how fertility relates to age, a link to your raw results, and more.
Which Quest lab should I go to?
There are hundreds of Quest Diagnostics Labs across the country. You can find a lab near you on the Quest website.
Do I need an appointment at Quest?
Some locations allow drop-ins, others require appointments. You can see the policy of the Quest near you on the Quest website. If you make an appointment, select “routine lab test.”
How is going to Quest different than the test you take at home?
The only thing that’s different is the way you collect your blood sample. With this option, you’ll swing by a Quest lab to complete the test through a standard blood draw–the same as when you give blood. The test you can take at home (available early next year) will be a finger prick that you can do at home. Both options give you access to the exact same dashboard and reports that you can track over time. If you want to check in on your fertility now, Quest is a great option!
Why does the day I visit Quest depend on my birth control?
Birth control affects your hormones and therefore affects which ones we can test. Some hormones require testing on a particular day and time. To pinpoint the best day to test, take our quiz at the top of the page.
Modernfertility.com/howto recommended that I test on day 3. How do I know when that is?
Day 1 is the first day of full flow starting before 5 pm and day 3 is the third day of full period flow. For example, if you get your period at 3pm on Monday, you’ll go to Quest on Wednesday. If your period starts at 7pm on Monday you’ll go on Thursday.
Does it cost anything extra?
Nope! The lab fee for getting your blood drawn at Quest is included in your Modern Fertility order.
What will they need from me at Quest?
You should only need your requisition form (which we’re sending you in the mail!) and a photo ID. Sometimes the receptionist will ask you to confirm your date of birth or address. If you have any questions while you’re there, just shoot us an email.
Are these ordered by a doctor?
Our tests are doctor-ordered and reviewed. The analysis is done in CLIA and CAP accredited labs.
What exactly are you testing?
We test key fertility hormones–depending on birth control. They are the same hormones that most clinics test before egg freezing or IVF procedures. Women can pay up to $1,500 out of pocket for these tests–and usually only when there’s a problem. We offer the same tests, at home or in a local lab, for a fraction of the cost.
Can I take the test if I’m on hormonal birth control?
Yes! Depending on the type of birth control you’re using, we will vary the hormone panel. We customize it just for you. Although hormonal contraception like the birth control pill interferes with many of the hormones we test, it does not keep us from measuring AMH — which is the most important hormone to measure for assessing ovarian reserve. This is because AMH is released from your follicles themselves. It's important to note that hormonal birth control methods (including combined oral contraceptives — the pill, transdermal patches, and vaginal rings) have been shown in some studies to suppress AMH by an average of 20-30%. Other studies have shown no significant suppression. AMH has also been shown to fluctuate throughout the cycle. If you're on hormonal birth control and your AMH is lower than expected, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor.
What do I get in my report?
Your report includes a fertility score between 1 and 100 that you can track over time. This score is currently in beta. Your report also comes with personalized explanations around each fertility hormone, what your levels mean, and what you can do about them–all in human speak.
How accurate are these reports?
We’ve spent thousands of hours working with the top Reproductive Endocrinologists (IVF Doctors), OB/GYNS, endocrinologists, and primary care doctors–they’ve reviewed every report–and helped us distill the latest clinical research, national guidelines, and clinic information into easy-to-understand reports. That way we can arm women with information before they see their doctors.
Are these the same laboratory tests that someone would get from a fertility doctor?
Every fertility doctor may order slightly different laboratory tests. After months of research, we worked to select a panel with the most comprehensive set of tests that would give women the best indication of their future fertility. We add a layer of interpretation so the results are easy to understand. Fertility is complex and hormones are only one piece of the puzzle. We encourage all customers to talk with a doctor about their reports.
Do you think every woman should be tested?
Checking in on fertility is completely up to you. We go for jogs to stay fit, look up our credit scores to check in on finances, and go to school to set ourselves up for success. This test allows women of every age to be just as proactive about fertility.
What can I do if I get an abnormal result?
The best next step is always to talk to a doctor. You’ll be armed with information and prepared to have a conversation outlining your options.
How can I see which hormones you’ll test given my birth control?
You can see which hormones your test will measure by clicking “Request your test” and answering the questions in the “How we’ll design your test” section of the website.
Why do I have to do the test on the third day of my period?
The third day is when we have the best read on these fertility hormones. If you are only testing AMH, you can test on any day of your period.
I hate getting my blood drawn. How does it work?
Today you can request a test online and swing by a local lab for a standard blood draw. Soon you’ll be able to order a test you can take at home–we’ll walk you through it!
Do I need to take these to my doctor?
This test is a great way to prep for a conversation with your doctor but what you do with your results is completely up to you. We always share raw lab results that you can share with your doctor.
Do I need to get a transvaginal ultrasound too?
Transvaginal ultrasounds are a way for the doctor to physically count how many follicles you have. It’s a bit more invasive but if you have an abnormal score your doctor may discuss this with you.
How long do my results last?
Fertility declines with age so these results expire every 9-12 months. Results can also vary based on new health conditions. We recommend re-testing every year.
How are your tests so much less expensive than what I got quoted in the clinic? How are they different?
Our tests are the same as the tests offered in clinics. Since we are testing more patients than one doctor’s office and order a high volume of tests, top labs allow us to bring them to you at an affordable price.
What are the age ranges this is approved for?
We work with physicians to research and review every piece of content and they have approved interpretations of results for ages 21-40. We are unable to generate reports for ages outside of the specified age range for which the reports have been approved.
Can I take this test after giving birth or while I am pregnant?
This test is not meant for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth.
Is the test covered by my insurance?
No, you are not able to submit this for reimbursement.
Will my company cover this test?
We’re working with progressive companies all over the country who want to cover Modern Fertility for their employees. If you’d like your company to offer Modern Fertility, send us a note at support@getmodernfertility.com.
Can I purchase the test everywhere?
You can purchase the test in any state in the US except for New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
Will my results be different from another lab?
Every lab has specific reference ranges that it uses to measure hormone levels in your blood. Because each lab has its own equipment and data, these ranges may differ slightly from lab to lab.
Will you share my results with my doctor?
If you decide you’d like to talk to your doctor about your results, you can bring them to your visit. Modern Fertility will not share them with your doctor.
Do I get a consultation with Modern Fertility?
We’ve pored over the science of fertility and worked with top OBGYNs and Reproductive Endocrinologists to develop your personalized reports. We’ve carefully crafted them so that you can understand what each hormone does, what your results are, and what they mean. We absolutely encourage you to share these results with your doctor. We are also always available at support@getmodernfertility.com to answer your questions. We cannot, however, give you medical advice–only your doctor can.
Can I use this internationally?
Not yet. We are currently only set up in the US. If you’d like updates on when we expand internationally, add your email at the bottom of our home page and you’ll be the first to know!
I am taking certain medications. Will this affect my results?
Here are some medications that can interfere with hormone levels: These include; cimetidine, clomiphene, digitalis, levodopa, anticonvulsants, clomiphene, digoxin, hormone treatments, naloxone, blood thinning medication, or anti seizure medication.
Why does knowing my ovarian reserve matter?
When doctors say “ovarian reserve” they mean “how many eggs you have.” We’re born with about 2 million eggs and they leave our bodies throughout our lives. The thing is–every woman loses her eggs at a different rate. When you know about how many eggs you have relative to the norms for your age you can predict whether you’ll hit zero eggs sooner or later than average. This “zero” point is menopause–when you can no longer get pregnant naturally. The other important component here is egg quality. If your ovarian reserve is low and you’re under 35, the eggs you do have are likely normal. As you get older, though, your egg quality decreases and fewer eggs could lead to challenges.