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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.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Headline: The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Changes to legislation governing donor conception in Victoria mean that on 1 March 2017, the state’s donor conception registers moved from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to VARTA.

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.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Twilight seminar - The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Headline: The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

VARTA's 2019 twilight seminar explored the rise of direct-to-consumer DNA testing and how more people are finding out they are not genetically related to family members in the way they always thought. 

The sold out event held on 17 June, examined how DNA testing is also being used together with genealogy and internet searches to trace donors and donor siblings. As this becomes more affordable, more people are accessing it, increasing the chance of connections and these trends have major implications for donor-conceived people, their parents and donors

Published: July 2015
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

VARTA and Family Planning Victoria launch new sexuality teaching module

VARTA is delighted to launch today The Fertility and Assisted Reproduction: Teaching Module, a ground-breaking new sexuality teaching resource which has been developed by VARTA and Family Planning Victoria (FPV).

Published: December 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

VARTA launches online gallery

VARTA is excited to announce that its 'Donor conception: towards openness' exhibition, held at Melbourne's City Library Gallery in June, has now been permanently housed on the VARTA website.

Just as the original exhibition was the first of its kind, so too is this online gallery – a unique collection of art, photography, writing, artefacts and memorabilia provided by people whose lives have been touched by donor conception.

Published: April 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

VARTA nominates for Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Awards

Headline: VARTA nominates for Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Awards

VARTA has submitted two nominations to the Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Awards to acknowledge the significant contribution made by a number of donor-conceived people and donors who have given countless hours to help promote public understanding of donor conception.

Published: August 2014
Regulation

Victorian Parliament passes donor information amendments

Legislation giving Victorians conceived through donor sperm donated before 1988 the right to access identifying information about their donors with their donor's consent passed on 21 August  2014 and took effect from 29 June 2015.

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

What happens after egg freezing for ‘social’ reasons?

Headline: What happens after egg freezing for ‘social’ reasons?

Life circumstances, including not having a partner, can prevent women from having children during their most fertile years.

Published: February 2015
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Donor conception

What makes us decide to tell or not to tell

Researchers at the University of Western Australia are investigating the reasons why people choose to tell or not tell members of their family and wider social network about their involvement in donor conception and are seeking participants in their study.

Who can participate?

Anyone who has participated in any type of donor conception programme (current or past):

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