Welcome to VARTA
VARTA provides independent information and support for individuals, couples, and health professionals on fertility, infertility, assisted reproductive treatment (ART) and the best interests of children born.
Changes to our counselling service
From 28 November 2022, we are changing the way we counsel people wanting to engage with our donor conception registers.
Travel restrictions have caused a surge in applications to import and export donor eggs, sperm and embryos. If you have questions about your application, please contact your clinic. Once VARTA has received complete paperwork from your clinic, it takes an average of 4-6 weeks to be approved.
Changes to Victorian legislation
New laws will increase access to fertility treatment in Victoria. Find out more about the changes and how they might affect you.
Webinar - What is known about the health of children and young adults born after IVF or ICSI?
The recording of our recent webinar about what is known about the health of children and young adults born after IVF or ICSI, held on 15 June is now available.
Time to tell Video Series
VARTA Counsellors have created the Time to tell series to help provide tips on how, when and what to say to donor-conceived children. It is hoped that parents and potential parents may feel more confident about their story, and children can understand the unique way in which they came into this world.
How likely are you to have a baby after one, two or three IVF cycles?
If you’re thinking of starting IVF, or you’re already going through it, you may be wondering how many cycles it might to take to have a baby.
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.
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VARTA has a wealth of information and resources to assist you in all areas of assisted reproduction
Understanding donor conception
Donor conception registry services
VARTA manages the Central Register and the Voluntary Register and provides support for donors, people who are donor-conceived, parents who used a donor and their families. View services
The Voluntary Register
The Voluntary Register allows people who have been involved in donor conception in Victoria at any time to voluntarily lodge information about themselves and their wishes in order to exchange information with other people on the Voluntary Register.
The Central Register
The Central Register holds the names and dates of birth (identifying information) of all parties to donor conception treatment in Victoria - donor-conceived people, their parents, and donors. The information is provided to VARTA by the fertility clinics where treatment occurred. People can apply to the Central Register for both identifying and non-identifying information.
Latest news & updates
Stay up to date with news about VARTA and assisted reproduction. View media releases, blogs and updates about VARTA's services here.
Why you should avoid vaping if you want a baby in future
Thinking about freezing your eggs to have a baby later? Here are 3 numbers to help you decide
Webinar- What is known about the health of children and young adults born after IVF or ICSI?
Do COVID-19 vaccines affect IVF outcomes?
Experience the stories of real people. View all stories
Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived
A couple's successful IVF treatment
A donor's wife's perspective
A male perspective on IVF treatment
A man's perspective on a future without children
A mother reflects on her experience of donor treatment in the late 1970S and early 1980s
Experiences of donor conception - Chantele's story
Experiences of donor conception - Louise's story
Experiences of donor conception - Riley's story
Experiences of donor conception - Ross' story
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