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Potential mothers find new site to help through in vitro process

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Gena Marino has two beautiful babies - 17-month-old Blake and 11-week-old Reese, but she's the first to tell you that motherhood did not come easy.

She means that both figuratively and literally - before she became a mother, Marino was diagnosed with infertility, making conception difficult for her and her husband.

"Ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was be a mommy," she said.

Gena and her husband tried in vitro fertilization, but after seven unsuccessful cycles and a miscarriage, all they were left with was heartache. They soon ended up conceiving, though, with the help of a surrogate.

It's a decision that Gena may have made sooner had she known her chances of getting pregnant through IVF were slim. That's where Univfy, a user-friendly online test that looks at several factors, including body-mass index, reproductive history, ovarian function and semen analysis, comes in.

"When we take all these factors together, in addition to age, and analyze them together against data from IVF cycles, we are able to give a much more accurate read on your personal chances for success," Dr. Mylene Yao, the co-founder and CEO of Univfy, said.

Dr. Yao says that Univfy helps because it can cut down on the time and money many women spend repeatedly trying in vitro fertilization.

"Time is of the essence when you're talking about infertility," she said.

Ultimately, the Marino family story had a happy ending, However, Gena says she would suggest that other women look into this testing so they can enjoy motherhood as much as she does.

"I don't have enough words to express what an amazing experience it has been," Marino said.

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