• 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

Male age matters for IVF success

February 2020

Most people are aware that female fertility declines with increasing age, especially after 35. For women who hope IVF can help them conceive in their late 30s or 40s, unfortunately the chance of success is slim. But what about the age of the male partner? A recent study shows it matters too.

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Male age matters for IVF success

People don't mind their GP asking about pregnancy plans

February 2020

People don’t mind their GP popping the question: ‘Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?’

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People don't mind their GP asking about pregnancy plans

How to choose a fertility specialist

January 2020

Fertility treatment is physically and emotionally demanding, and depending on your needs it can be expensive, so it’s important to find a clinic and doctor that’s right for you.

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How to choose a fertility specialist

What do people linked through donor conception want to know about each other?

January 2020

Over the last few decades many thousands of people have been born as a result of donor sperm or eggs in Victoria. As they reach adulthood, some yearn to know more about their genetic origins and some donors want to know more about the people they helped conceive.

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What do people linked through donor conception want to know about each other?

Upcoming events

Donor egg parent support group

12th February 2020
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

Fertility Week 2020

13th April 2020
The theme for Fertility Week 2020 is "timing is everything". The health promotion campaign will run from April 13-17 this year. Fertility Week is an Read more...
Fertility Week 2020