• 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.

DONOR CONCEPTION REGISTER SERVICES

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

IVF clinics improve their success rate information

April 2019

Fertility clinics in Australia and New Zealand are improving the way they present success rates but there is still room for improvement, our latest annual audit has found.

In 2018, a VARTA audit of 24 clinic websites showed the average score had improved from 5.54/9 in 2017 to 6.33/9 in 2018.

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IVF clinics improve their success rate information

Good news! Adults born after IVF are as healthy as others

April 2019

IVF has been around for more than 40 years, creating more than five million people worldwide. Because IVF involves mixing eggs and sperm and making embryos in the lab, questions have been raised about whether it might affect the long-term health of people born after IVF.

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Good news! Adults born after IVF are as healthy as others

To scratch or not to scratch?

April 2019

If you are having IVF treatment, your fertility specialist may discuss endometrial scratching with you. A 2015 survey found that 83 per cent of fertility specialists in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were offering it to women at the time.

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To scratch or not to scratch?

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

The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

17th June 2019
The rise of direct-to-consumer DNA testing means more people are finding out they are not genetically related to family members in the way they Read more...
The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Donor-conceived Adult Network

19th June 2019
This group facilitates talking, sharing, thinking, listening, and provides an opportunity to mix with other donor-conceived adults. Who facilitates Read more...
Donor-conceived Adult Network