"It should be easier to plan when to have kids"
This might sound familiar: we’re women in our early 30s. We know we might want kids someday, but ideally - not yet.
We have all seen the terrifying graphs that show how average fertility steadily declines between 30 and 35, and then goes rapidly downhill after that. This data is better than no data at all, but we don’t just want to know when the average woman becomes less fertile, we want to know where we sit on that graph.
We know that fertility specialists in hospitals/clinics often prescribe women who struggle to get pregnant a series of blood tests that help exclude the most common fertility problems. That of course doesn’t mean the test can tell you if you can have a baby, but it’s a great place to start understanding where you sit. If you know you have issues with your ovulation or a less than average amount of eggs, then you can plan accordingly while you still have time.
But here’s the problem: you can only see a fertility specialist if you have either unsuccessfully been trying to get pregnant for a year, or if you are in pain. As healthy women, who are not trying for kids just yet, why can't we do the same tests as fertility specialists do in the hospital?
That’s why we started Grip. We want you to be able to get the same hormone blood tests that a fertility doctor would prescribe you in a clinic, without needing a referral from your GP, and without needing to be sick. Your body, your data, your decision. And the best part - you can do the Grip fertility test in your pajamas from the couch. We believe every woman should have access to data about her body, so you can make better decisions.
“Just start trying, and see if you’ll get pregnant" is no longer good enough. It’s time to be proactive about our fertility, rather than to wait until something is wrong.
Anne Marie, Ling, & Noor
Co-founders, Grip Fertility