Friday, May 17, 2013

IVF Prediction Test


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.


  1. hello my new blog friend. I think that I may just have a love/hate relationship with your RE as well. I try not to be a negative person, but when it comes to fertility related stuff I find myself very guarded. We had 3 failed IUI's and I don't think I could manage to finally be able to IVF and take that test and get a measley chance...Not a good day for mental health. I agree with your statement of it being something that prey's on women who just need that glimmer of hope.
    Hope you are doing well! Happy weekend!

    1. Hi Blog Buddy! I totally agree with you. This test just seems super harmful. I hope you have a great weekend as well.

  2. I think I'd probably avoid that test. I know my chances are crap given my DOR...I know I'm throwing money after a very slim chance. I don't think I need to know just how slim! (Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm always looking to find new DOR friends!)

    1. Hi Aramis, Thanks for stoping by:-) Yeah with DOR, the test will just kill our spirit.

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