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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: December 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

Leading researchers and reproductive specialists discussed current research into whether we can create human sperm and eggs from stem cells and what this could mean for assisted reproductive laboratories and clinical practice in the future at the 2015 Twilight Seminar: Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

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.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

New donor linking resources available

Headline: New donor linking resources available

Videos of presentations and of the experience of panellists from the recent Donor conception: towards openness Twilight seminar on donor linking and changes in the laws concerning donor conception  are now available for people who were unable to attend the event.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

New law gives all donor-conceived Victorians the right to know their heritage

New donor conception laws were implemented in Victoria on 1 March 2017. This world-first legislation gives all people conceived in Victorian from egg and sperm donation the right to know their donor’s identity.

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: July 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Research on cross-border reproductive treatment

Researchers from the faculty of law at UTS are talking to patients and parents who have travelled, either within Australia or overseas for IVF reasons such as surrogacy, egg donation or sex selection.  UTS researchers are doing this to help to understand the choices and opportunities available to prospective parents and explore possible reforms to law and policy to address your concerns.

Published: July 2017
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

School aged donor-conceived children as healthy as other children

Donor sperm has been used for many decades to help couples where the male partner is infertile to have children. In more recent times, same-sex couples and single women increasingly have also used donor sperm to have children.

Until now little has been known about the health and development of children conceived with donor sperm as they get older, but a recent study conducted in Australia show’s that they are as healthy as other children.

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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