It鈥檚 unclear what the exact future of affordable health care holds, but in the present, women are contending with the high costs of reproductive care, including fertility testing. Since going to the doctor to test fertility can easily cost over $1,000, two women entrepreneurs have launched Modern Fertility, a comprehensive at-home fertility test that costs $149.

The founders are Afton Vechery and Carly Leahy, both of whom have worked for years in the health tech sector. Vechery is formerly of the genetic testing company 23andMe, and Leahy helped Uber develop UberHEALTH, a program that delivers flu vaccines, according to Forbes.

According to Modern Fertility鈥檚 statement about the company launch, the idea for the company was sparked after Vechery went to a fertility clinic for blood testing and racked up $1,500 in bills in the process.

Vechery told Brit + Co over email: 鈥Women are waiting until later in life to have kids and we still don鈥檛 have an easy way to get information about fertility.鈥 And that鈥檚 where Modern Fertility comes in. 鈥淲e wanted to do something to make this kind of information more accessible and more affordable鈥 It鈥檚 about time that we have a tool to help us understand this part of our lives.鈥

Modern Fertility鈥檚 test is a comprehensive kit that checks for fertility-related hormone levels. It鈥檚 based around a finger prick (so brace yourself for that!) for a blood sample, which is sent to a doctor鈥檚 office for lab examination. The site says that after the test, patients receive a 鈥渇ertility score,鈥 as well as full lab reports that could be helpful during subsequent doctor鈥檚 visits. Based on a few conversations we had with millennial women, this product sounds like one that could help make a lot of lives easier.

Alaina, a 24-year-old queer woman, tells Brit + Co she鈥檇 be interested in a product like Modern Fertility since she and her partner 鈥渃an鈥檛 find out 鈥榯he hard way鈥 by trying, and in vitro fertilization and sperm donation are expensive processes to go through.鈥 She says that while she and her partner don鈥檛 have immediate plans to conceive, it鈥檚 something they want to do soon, and a less expensive home-testing method would make their plans easier.

Rachel, who is 31, also says that she鈥檚 not planning to conceive anytime soon, so she鈥檚 not sweating the subject too much now, but she could see home-testing being a valuable option while planning a pregnancy.

The test could also bring peace of mind to people who want to have kids, but worry their fertility is compromised by medical issues. Twenty-four-year-old Sarah has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and tells Brit + Co that she could see herself using a home test since she鈥檚 鈥渃onstantly frightened that I may never have kids, and traditional fertility tests are expensive.鈥

In general, home-testing has been a positive for women鈥檚 reproductive healthcare, as well as the companies who make them. Consider the home pregnancy test, which was not released until 1977, and was revolutionary in that it allowed women another way in which to take their reproductive care into their own hands. It also offered the privacy and convenience of a home test versus trekking to (and paying the bills for) a doctor鈥檚 visit. And now it鈥檚 a booming business that鈥檚 resonated with consumers: 12.12 million Americans said they used a home pregnancy test in 2016, according to US Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey. The trend has continued, and now other technology for at-home use is popular as well, including ovulation tests and period-tracking apps.

Products such as these, that are low cost (or even free, in the case of many period-tracking apps), allow women easier access to important knowledge about their health, and that certainly includes fertility for a lot of people. Whether it鈥檚 for imminent family planning or a general desire for more insight into one鈥檚 reproductive health, home-testing fertility puts more knowledge and power into women鈥檚 hands.

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