• Understanding DNA tests
    DNA tests to establish a relationship or find relatives online are becoming more popular. If you are thinking of doing a test, or have already done one, there are some important things to consider.
  • Questions to ask your IVF clinic
    Not everybody who starts IVF will have a baby. There are some important questions you can ask to get a realistic assessment of your chance of success.

  • Considering egg freezing?
    We've compiled the latest data on egg freezing in Victoria and estimates of how likely you are to have a baby if you freeze your eggs in your 20s, 30s or 40s.
  • The pros and cons of ICSI
    ICSI is an assisted reproductive technique where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. ICSI can improve success rates for people with a male infertility diagnosis, but research shows it does not increase the chance of a baby for other people. Our brochure will help you understand what ICSI involves, including its possible effects on a pregnancy and child.
  • What you need to know about IVF ‘add-ons’
    In the last few years a number of so called ‘add-ons’, or ‘adjuvant’ therapies, have been offered by IVF clinics. But many of these ‘add-ons’ are experimental or have not been properly tested.

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VARTA manages the Central Register and the Voluntary Register and provides support for people who are donor-conceived, parents who have used a donor, donors, and their families.

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Latest news

No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

September 2019

Since the first IVF baby was born some 40 years ago, more than 7 million people have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. Studies have shown that babies born after ART are more likely to be born prematurely and to weigh less at birth, and they have a slightly greater risk of birth defects.

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No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

August 2019

IVF is often a last resort for women and couples who have tried for a long time to get pregnant. Of those who try IVF, only about half have a baby as a result of treatment. But new research shows that within five years of ending IVF, whether they were successful or not, about one in six women have a baby without IVF.

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One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

Quitting smoking before pregnancy reduces risk of low birth weight

August 2019

If you’re planning to have a baby, quitting smoking sooner rather than later will lower your chance of having a “low birth weight” baby. And the longer you smoke during pregnancy, the greater your baby’s risk.

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Quitting smoking before pregnancy reduces risk of low birth weight

What you need to know about IVF ‘add-ons’

March 2019

Fertility specialists are constantly looking for ways to improve your chance of getting pregnant through IVF or other assisted reproductive techniques (ART) to have a baby. In the last few years a number of so called ‘add-ons’, or ‘adjuvant’ therapies, have been offered by IVF clinics.

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What you need to know about IVF ‘add-ons’

Upcoming events

Single mums’ support group

26th October 2019
This group facilitates talking, sharing, thinking, listening, and provides an opportunity to mix with other solo mums and their donor conceived Read more...
Single mums’ support group

Donor egg parent support group

4th December 2019
The aim of this group is to provide an opportunity for parents who have had a child using a donor egg or who are considering this option to share Read more...
Donor egg parent support group