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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

ACCC finds IVF clinics providing misleading information on success rates

Headline: ACCC finds IVF clinics providing misleading information on success rates

Five traps to be aware of when reading success rates on IVF clinic websites.

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Can acupuncture improve chance of IVF success?

Headline: Can acupuncture improve chance of IVF success?

IVF treatment is a last resort for people who struggle to have children. The treatment is physically, emotionally and financially demanding and only about a quarter of couples have a baby after one treatment cycle.

In an attempt to increase IVF success among patients, researchers from Western Sydney University ran a study using acupuncture around the time of hormone stimulation and again at the time of embryo transfer.

Author: Louise Johnson
Published: August 2015
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Fertility & infertility

Fertility Week 2015: how weight impacts on fertility and child health

Fertility Week begins today (1-7 September). Designed to coincide with the first week of spring (think fertility, babies and so on), this year’s campaign focuses on the impact that being overweight or obese can have on a person’s ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Published: September 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA

Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria

Headline: Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria
  • The number of IVF treatment cycles using a patient's own (thawed) frozen eggs - frozen for social or medical reasons - more than doubles in two years in Victoria
  • Victorian ICSI use declines, but still well above the national average
  • Sperm donor numbers increase but clinics remain unable to meet demand
Published: August 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Regulation

Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

Headline: Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

The Victorian Government wants to hear your views and experiences about the way assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is provided in Victoria.

Your input will inform a review of Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 and help shape changes and improve services for all Victorians who may need assisted reproductive treatment in the future. 

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Is ICSI better than IVF? It depends

Research shows that IVF is just as effective as the ICSI procedure, where sperm is injected directly into an egg, when there is no male infertility factor. Cumulative live birth rates in Victoria were similar for IVF and ICSI in these circumstances.

Published: August 2019
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

Headline: One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

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.

Published: May 2017
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF

Headline: Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF
Interesting new research offers alternative - and less expensive - assisted reproductive treatment options for some women with tuble infertility.
 

Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF

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Published: January 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Sugary drinks can affect a woman’s chance of having a baby with IVF

Sugary drinks can affect a woman’s chance of successful IVF treatment, according to new research.

A US study found that women who regularly drank soft drink had fewer eggs retrieved, fewer fertilised eggs and fewer good-quality embryos.  And, compared to women who didn’t consume soft drink at all, the chance of having a baby was 12 per cent lower for women who drank up to one cup of soft drink per day and 16 per cent lower for those who had more than a cup per day.

Published: August 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA

Twilight seminar - Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

Headline: Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

VARTA's 2018 twilight seminar explored what happens when people who are connected as a result of donor conception treatment learn each other’s identities, exchange information or meet. The sold out event, held on 9 July, examined the latest research into donor linking and its outcomes and listened to the experiences of people who have been through the process.

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