Resources

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.

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

Author: VARTA
Published: April 2016
Hardcopy/pdf
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Understanding IVF success rates

For those embarking on IVF, it can be difficult to assess the success rates of different fertility clinics, as clinics measure their success rates in various ways.

This brochure will give you an overview of how to interpret clinics’ success rate figures, factors that influence the chance of success, and important questions to ask your doctor. 

Published: February 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Use of donor sperm in Victoria has more than quadrupled in four years

Headline: Use of donor sperm quadrupled in four years

The latest statistics for assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria show that use of donor sperm in IVF treatment has increased more than four-fold in the past four years.

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

VARTA newsletters

Headline: VARTA newsletters
Published: November 2014
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Victorian sperm donor numbers fallen by almost a quarter in past year

The supply of sperm donors in Victoria has dropped by 23 per cent over the past financial year, according to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority's (VARTA's) Annual Report 2014. There were only 343 sperm donors at the start of 2013-14 compared to 445 in the previous year.

At the same time, the increase in demand for donor sperm from single women and those in same-sex relationships has resulted in demand outstripping supply in the state, with the use of donor insemination almost doubling between 2013-14 and 2012-13.

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

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