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

To scratch or not to scratch?

Headline: To scratch or not to scratch?

If you are having IVF treatment, your fertility specialist may discuss endometrial scratching with you. A 2015 survey found that 83 per cent of fertility specialists in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were offering it to women at the time.

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

To test or not to test embryos to increase chance of a live birth?

The chance of having a baby with IVF depends largely on the woman’s age and after the age of 35 the chance drops quite dramatically. This is because, the number of chromosomally abnormal eggs produced in the ovaries increases as women age. To improve their chance of pregnancy, women over 35 are sometimes offered a procedure called preimplantation genetic testing for chromosome abnormality (PGT-A). In this procedure the embryos that develop are tested by removing a few cells from the part of the embryo that will form the placenta a few days after egg collection.

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.

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

VARTA newsletters

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

Victoria’s sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones

Headline: Victoria’s sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones

Victoria's sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones

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At least half of the donors who had donated anonymously were in favour of their offspring being able to know their identity. Shutterstock

Published: September 2017
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.

Image of sperm being inserted into an egg via IVF
Published: March 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

What you need to know about IVF ‘add-ons’

Headline: What you need to know about IVF ‘add-ons’

Fertility specialists are constantly looking for ways to improve your chance of getting pregnant through IVF or other assisted reproductive techniques (ART) to have a baby. In the last few years a number of so called ‘add-ons’, or ‘adjuvant’ therapies, have been offered by IVF clinics. They are procedures or medications which are added to IVF treatment to try to improve your chance of success.

Author: Dr Deborah Dempsey
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

Why do people apply to the donor conception registers?

Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology speaks on the topic, 'Why do people apply to the donor conception registers?' at the Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' hosted by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Published: July 2018
Fertility & infertility

Young people don’t understand the impact of age when planning a family

Headline: Young people don’t understand the impact of age when planning a family
 
  • New research reveals that having children in the future is equally important to male and female university students, but they have poor understanding of when fertility declines
  • The study highlights the challenges for young people, particularly university-educated women, in balancing study, career and other life goals with parenthood

Most students underestimate how much age affects the chance of having a baby, according to new research published today.

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