Board Certified and Trusted Reproductive Medicine Specialist

Dr. Bradley Miller is a Reproductive Endocrinologist who has been in practice for 18 years. Throughout his career over 2,000 babies have been born as a result of his care. He is the Managing Partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Michigan, one of the leading fertility centers in Michigan. Learn more about Dr. Miller and follow his blog to discover more answers to your infertility needs and questions.

Archive for November, 2012

Family Act of 2011 – Dr. Brad Miller

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Family Act of 2011 was recently introduced in Congress. If passed it will establish a credit to improve access to medical treatment for infertility, which affects millions of people in the United States. Tax payers who have been diagnosed as infertile by a licensed physician and for whom the indicated course of treatment is to undergo IVF treatment would be able to claim a tax credit. Eligible treatments include medical procedures, laboratory procedures, professional charges and othe necessary costs when patients undergoe IVF treatments. The maximun lifetime credit amount available to eligible tax payers would be $13,360. Visit the Family Act 2011 on Facebook to voice your support. You can also visit RESOLVE’s website to learn more about the act.

 

What Is Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS)? – Dr. Bradley Miller

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Chromosomal abnormalities of embryos accounts for approximately 60% of miscarriages in women– particularly beyond 35 years of age. With recent revolutionary advances in genetic testing, it has now become possible to more reliably screen embryos for chromosomal abnormalities through a technique known as Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS).  This technique is especially useful in situations where a woman has suffered multiple miscarriages or has had multiple failed IVF cycles without an obvious explanation. This technique involves removing of a few cells from early developing embryos and subjecting those biopsied cells to quantitative real- time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). This highly precise and reliable technique allows for study of all 23 pairs of chromosomes. Only those embryos with normal numbers of chromosomes are selected for implantation into the uterus.

Our experience with this technique has consistently shown that when early developing embryos are subjected to this screening procedure, the resulting normal embryos lead to significant increase in implantation rates, and potential for delivery of a normal baby. If you are interested in CCS please contact my office.

Freezing Your Biological Clock – Dr. Bradley Miller

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Lately, there has been more and more interest out there in regards to women in their mid to late 30s desiring to freeze their eggs. We have routinely offered egg freezing to those women that are about to under chemotherapy, radiation or surgery to preserve their future fertility, but now healthy women are also considering this option. Why are women doing this? These women typically are single and aren’t sure when they may find their “Prince Charming” before it is too late. The one thing they know for sure is that they want to have a family in the future. In order to preserve their fertility and give themselves better chances at having a family some women are turning to egg freezing. Research has show that the number of eggs a woman has starts to decline in her 20’s and then significantly declines in their late 30’s. By freezing their eggs they are essentially stopping the clock so that those eggs do not age any further. For example, if the woman is 35 years old and doesn’t decide she wants to have a family until she is 40 years old her eggs will still be the quality they were at 35 years old. However, there is no guarantee that the quality of her eggs were good at age 35 making it still potentially difficult to get pregnant with this option.

Egg freezing is not for all women. Another big factor for women considering egg freezing is the cost associated with it. Fertility treatment is not cheap and most patients pay out-of-pocket. Women who choose this route must have IVF in order to conceive and that procedure can run up to $12,000 or more in addition to storage fees. Research has shown many of these women still do not need to use these frozen “back-ups” once they are married at a later date.

Egg freezing does give women who aren’t ready to start a family the ability to possibly have a better chance at conceiving in the future. Just know that there are no guarantees with any fertility treatment. If you are interested in egg freezing please contact my office.