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Nneka Ogwumike, Modern Fertility to bring hormone testing to WNBA

PALMETTO, FLORIDA - AUGUST 28: Nneka Ogwumike #30 of the Los Angeles Sparks dribbles the ball during the first half against the Connecticut Sun at Feld Entertainment Center on August 28, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Nneka Ogwumike and Modern Fertility are partnering up to give all WNBA players the opportunity to take a hormone test and receive fertility support.

“As President of the league’s player’s association, I’m offering every single WNBA player a Modern Fertility Hormone Test, so we can all understand our fertility on our own terms and make the best decisions for ourselves,” Ogwumike, a forward with the Los Angeles Sparks, wrote in an announcement on Instagram.

“As athletes, the conversation has changed,” Ogwumike continued in a video. “It just kind of started and ended with, you’ll have your kids when you’re done. And that’s never sat well with me, especially as women who perform at such high levels. The opportunity to be able to share a resource and having the Modern Fertility tests available to all of these players, it just aligned perfectly.”

The tests can be done at home or at a lab — in the video, Ogwumike is seen taking the test at home — and will provide personalized reports as well as additional consultations with fertility nurses.

“We talk a lot about how proactive fertility information is so important,” said Afton Vechery, co-founder and CEO of Modern Fertility. “And now we’re starting to delay families in favor of our careers, our personal lives, our hobbies, but that’s arguably even more of a concern for pro athletes where quite literally all pro athletes rely on their bodies for their career to do their jobs.

“WNBA players, we are so excited to welcome each and every one of you to the Modern Fertility community.”