For those who are considering starting a family in the future, learning more about their fertility and wellness can be a helpful place to start. But getting a complete picture of fertility isn’t straightforward. Fertility testing isn’t typically part of an annual physical, and in-person fertility testing and health panels can sometimes require multiple visits to different providers, costing both time and money. Over-the-counter tests have become a more common option, but they don’t always provide a complete picture of all factors that can impact fertility. And without the right guidance, test results can be confusing or misleading.
Starting January 1, 2022, U.S. Carrot members will have access to an exclusive Female Fertility and Wellness Test that goes beyond traditional fertility testing to offer a whole-body view of health. The Female Fertility and Wellness test leverages the unique capabilities of imaware, a leader in testing technology and digital health. This new test, available only through Carrot, is part of Carrot’s suite of at-home resources, including sperm testing, ovulation tracking, and unlimited virtual chats with physicians and other specialists.
A more comprehensive picture of fertility
No existing at-home test provides a whole-body view of fertility and wellness in one. Focusing only on ovarian reserve (or egg quantity) markers, for example, ignores a range of other health and wellness factors that impact fertility.
The Female Fertility and Wellness Test includes a customized panel of biomarkers that provide a more comprehensive view of fertility health and wellness. After taking the test from home, Carrot members can work with their healthcare providers to understand how multiple factors like cholesterol, blood sugar, vitamin D, and more may impact fertility and pregnancy outcomes — and together, figure out next steps to address them. A full picture of fertility, health, and wellness can give providers the information they need to identify potential first-line interventions that can improve their health and fertility, such as nutritional and lifestyle modifications. Early detection of issues like elevated blood sugar levels, such as those found in diabetes, can also help reduce miscarriage risk and improve pregnancy outcomes.
Regardless of test results, Carrot is available to support members throughout their journey. Members can receive a Carrot Plan showing them where at-home fertility testing fits within the broader picture of their fertility journey.
Convenient access to valuable insights
To use the test, Carrot members will provide a small blood sample through a finger-prick test and send their completed test back in the mail. After receiving their results, members can schedule a telemedicine visit with a clinician to discuss results at no additional cost.
U.S. Carrot members will be eligible to purchase the Female Fertility and Wellness Test starting in January 2022 through Carrot’s digital benefits guide, as a step in their Carrot Plan, or when meeting with a Carrot Expert. The test kit is a reimbursable expense for members with Carrot Pro. If your employer offers Carrot but you haven’t signed up, create an account and start learning more about your options.
Our new testing kits will empower members to make more informed choices about their fertility, health, and wellness from the comfort of home. If you’re an employer interested in supporting employees wherever they are in their fertility journey, get in touch with us.