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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Emotional impact and coping strategies

Dinah and Ben talk about how IVF impacts your relationship and emotional and physical wellbeing.

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.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Enhancing Reproductive Opportunity Research Project

The project examined how laws and policies in all Australian states and territories have affected people’s decisions about their stored embryos created through IVF and aimed to improve those laws, policies and practices by making recommendations.

The research focused on the experiences of over 400 past and present IVF patients across Australia in over 20 different clinical sites, and spanning more than two decades. 

Author: VARTA
Published: November 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Experts warn more testing needed before stem cells can be used to make sperm and eggs

Media Release

While  significant progress  has been made in the creation of human sperm and eggs from stem cells, we are still some years away from the treatment being approved as safe and reliable, according to speakers at ‘Hype, hope or reality - can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?’ a public lecture held this evening.

Raelia Lew
Published: June 2016
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Fertility over 40: a struggle against the tide

 

ABC's Four Corner's program on 30 May started a conversation that we have to have. Having your first baby after the age of 35 is not what nature intended. IVF technology is no silver bullet against female age related infertility.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Finding out you're pregnant

Dinah finds out she's pregnant after four years of IVF treatment.

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.

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

Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria

Headline: Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria
  • The number of IVF treatment cycles using a patient's own (thawed) frozen eggs - frozen for social or medical reasons - more than doubles in two years in Victoria
  • Victorian ICSI use declines, but still well above the national average
  • Sperm donor numbers increase but clinics remain unable to meet demand
Published: November 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Good news – Now you can stop worrying about worrying

Headline: Good news – Now you can stop worrying about worrying

If you have been trying for a baby for a while without success you are no doubt starting to feel a bit stressed. When month after month goes by without any sign of pregnancy it’s easy to start to worry about whether it will ever happen and to feel a bit down about it all. Add to that the stress of having IVF treatment, especially when it fails. In the midst of this someone might tell you ‘Just relax and you’ll get pregnant’. This might make you think that the reason why you don’t get pregnant is because you’re too worried and stressed. If this is you, here is some good news.

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Published: April 2019
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Good news! Adults born after IVF are as healthy as others

IVF has been around for more than 40 years, creating more than five million people worldwide. Because IVF involves mixing eggs and sperm and making embryos in the lab, questions have been raised about whether it might affect the long-term health of people born after IVF.

So, it is welcome news that the world’s largest study of adults born after IVF shows they are as healthy as their same-aged peers. The research team was led by Professor Jane Halliday at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne and included researchers from VARTA.

Guidelines for the import and export of donated games
Author: VARTA
Published: October 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Regulation

Guidelines for the import and export of donated gametes and embryos formed using donated gametes

The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Vic) (Act) prohibits taking donated gametes, or embryos produced from donated gametes, into or outside of Victoria without the written approval of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Authority (VARTA). Accordingly, approval must be obtained from VARTA before:

•   the import of donor gametes, or embryos produced from donor gametes, into Victoria from interstate or overseas;

Published: August 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Regulation

Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

Headline: Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

The Victorian Government wants to hear your views and experiences about the way assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is provided in Victoria.

Your input will inform a review of Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 and help shape changes and improve services for all Victorians who may need assisted reproductive treatment in the future. 

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