I am writing this post with a heavy heart. There is an online test that boasts predicting our chances of IVF success. The test was created by a Bay Area company called Univfy. I first heard of it while stalking (yes, stalking) my RE's FaceBook page. When I saw the ad, I quickly messaged her and asked if she really believed in this test. Her answer:
"yes buuut if you're doing genetic testing they mean nothing. because we know for sure that if you have a normal embryo = 90% of success. easy. I just gave you the most accurate prediction."
Ya'll know I have a love/hate relationship with my RE. She doesn't know about the hate part (hehe!). Anyway, I consider her to be pretty smart and I questioned why she would support this test in any way. I feel like it's just another tool to prey upon women who are desperate for SOMETHING to tell them this very expensive process will work.
I mean...even PGS/genetic testing doesn't guarantee success. (I was even angry by her overly optimistic answer to my question.) How can I count on this online test? Below, you will find a link to a story that a local news station did on the test. It was more like a commercial than an investigative piece, but watch it if you like.
The test is $100 or something, which is cheap in the grand scheme of things. In fact, this was my response to my RE:
"Well that prediction test may be cheaper...hmmm.. Just kidding. Genetic testing it is. Thanks!"
Ultimately, I feel like infertility takes me to some of the lowest emotional places I've ever felt in life. I mean I was REALLY trying to figure out how I was going to jump off a bridge when my IUI failed. Honestly, knowing the devastation my mother would feel, saved me from a very irrational act. If a woman takes this test, gets results saying she has 80% chance of success and then IVF fails, this "helpful" tool could do more harm than good. I just don't know. I wonder what others think about it.