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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.

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Import/export enquiries

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.

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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.

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Webinar - IVF add-ons: How to make choices that are right for you

The recording of our recent webinar about IVF add-ons, held on 14 July is available. The webinar provides practical information about commonly used add-ons, including risks and benefits so you can make informed decisions that are right for you.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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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Donor conception register 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.

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Do COVID-19 vaccines affect IVF outcomes?

New research suggests COVID-19 vaccination does not affect your chance of success…

Good news for boys born after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

Boys born from intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are not at higher risk of…

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…

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

If you're going through IVF, there’s a small risk you will experience ovarian…

Personal stories

Experience the stories of real people. View all stories

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Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

Elizabeth, mother of three donor-conceived children, talks about how she told her adult children of their conception.
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A couple's successful IVF treatment

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind...
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A donor's wife's perspective

I have always known that my husband was a sperm donor while at university in the 70s. It was undertaken on a strictly confidential basis and over the years we really d...
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A male perspective on IVF treatment

Ben talks about the effects of IVF and coping strategies. Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 20...
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A man's perspective on a future without children

The journey through IVF treatment brings many emotions to the surface. Couples who undertake the journey are often taken by surprise by the demands that IVF can make. Suc...
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A mother reflects on her experience of donor treatment in the late 1970S and early 1980s

Elizabeth, a parent of three donor-conceived adults born as a result of donor treatment in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, reco...
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Coping strategies during IVF treatment

Every couple finds its own way of coping with the highs and lows of IVF treatment. Anne discovered the need to have coping strategies once IVF treatment had begun. Uncert...
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Dealing with work and IVF

IVF treatment means that you have to juggle the treatment schedule with the work schedule, not always an easy task. Revealing the reasons why time of work taken must rais...
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Deciding to stop IVF treatment

With multiple unsuccessful treatment cycles of IVF the inevitable question arises; should we end treatment? This can be an extremely difficult decision that can emotional...
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Emotional impact and coping strategies

Dinah and Ben talk about how IVF impacts your relationship and emotional and physical wellbeing. Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave...
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