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Author: Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria  was prepared for VARTA by Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. The report was supported by the Victorian Government.

Published: August 2016
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

The Zika virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Headline: The Zika virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Internationally, in Brazil and elsewhere, women who were infected with the Zika virus during their pregnancy have had babies born with severe birth defects. A big concern has been microcephaly, where a baby’s head and brain remain very small and fail to develop properly. Affected babies are likely to suffer severe developmental disabilities and may have a reduced lifespan.  Understandably, this finding has caused distress and concern in prospective parents who have been exposed to the Zika virus.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

The benefit of hindsight

Ben and Dinah talk about how they'd do things differently with the benefit of hindsight.

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

The effect on a relationship

IVF treatment imposes many demands on couples. Not the least of these is the strain it can place on the couple's relationship itself. The impact on Anne and her husband took many forms. So did IVF treatment affect their relationship?

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

The physical process

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

The pros and cons of pre-implantation genetic testing of aneuploidy (PGT-A) brochure
Author: VARTA
Published: July 2019
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

The pros and cons of pre-implantation genetic testing of aneuploidy (PGT-A)

This brochure is intended as a general introduction to preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A): what it is, how it is done and advantanges and disadvantages of doing PGT-A.  It should not be seen as a substitute for advice from doctors or other health professionals. Information contained in this brochure was correct at the time of writing however as PGT-A is a rapidly advancing technology it is important to check information with your fertility specialist.

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

The proven way to get pregnant faster

Headline: The proven way to get pregnant naturally

Knowing when ovulation happens is critical when you want to get pregnant because the window of opportunity to conceive is fairly small every month. Conception is only possible from about five days before ovulation through to the day of ovulation. These six days are the “fertile window” but the likelihood of conceiving is highest in the three days leading up to and including ovulation.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Thinking of donating sperm, eggs or embryos?

This brochure covers:

  • The implications of donating sperm,eggs or embryos
  • What are donors’ rights and responsibilities?
Published: October 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, About VARTA, Regulation

Thousands of women using low cost treatment

There’s been a surge in the number of women using low cost fertility treatment, the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s 2019 annual report shows.

In 2018-19, 12,940 women received fertility treatment in Victoria. Of this number, 2,339 received treatment at low cost clinics – a 22 per cent increase from the previous year.

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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.

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