Resources

Published: July 2019
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Hayley Smith - DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.

Hayley Smith, a donor-conceived woman shares her experiences of finding her donor through DNA detective work at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.

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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

History of donor conception

Personal experiences

What were the early days of donor conception like in Victoria? Here is a snapshot of the experience of a counsellor and parent from the Royal Women's Hospital. You may also be interested in the 2018 Louis Waller Lecture about the early days of donor conception in Victoria.

 

Louise Johnson, CEO of VARTA
Author: Louise Johnson
Published: April 2015
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Donor conception

How to talk to a child about becoming a family with the help of a donor

After three years of trying to conceive without success Jessica Busuttil and her husband Phillip were told that Phillip had a condition called azoospermia, which, in layman terms, means that Phillip had no sperm.

“This diagnosis was totally unexpected,” Jessica explained. “It was an extremely difficult and emotional time in our lives – we just felt lost.”

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Donor conception

How we became a family using donor sperm

Listen to Angie and Greg talk about how important it is to talk to children about how they became a family using donor sperm.

Author: VARTA
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Donor conception

Import class application

Class application to import donated gametes by a Victorian registered ART provider.

The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (the ART Act) requires that a person must not bring donor gametes, or embryos produced from donor gametes, into Victoria, or take them from Victoria, except with the written approval of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA).

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

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and its possible effects on health

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used for the same reasons as IVF, but especially to overcome sperm problems. Essentially, ICSI follows the same process as IVF, except ICSI involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg to achieve fertilisation.

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: January 2019
Video
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Jenny Blood: the early days of donor conception at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne

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Donor conception

Journey to parenthood using donated sperm

Listen to this three part series on Dianne's journey to parenthood as a single mother using donated sperm, talking to her children about donor conception and meeting her sperm donor, Adrian. 

"My first child is five and a half now and my second child is 20 months.  It wasn’t “so Mum who’s my Dad” type of question.  It was “other kids have Dads where’s mine? So it was up to me to say that she did have a Dad and explain to her that he didn’t live with us".



Author: Dr Joanna Scheib
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Lessons learnt from ten years of linking

Joanna Scheib, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of California, Davis and The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC), Berkeley presents 'Lessons learnt from 10 years of linking' at the Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' hosted by

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