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.

 

Published: December 2015
Video
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Regulation

Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

Leading researchers and reproductive specialists discussed current research into whether we can create human sperm and eggs from stem cells and what this could mean for assisted reproductive laboratories and clinical practice in the future at the 2015 Twilight Seminar: Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?




Published: December 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

Leading researchers and reproductive specialists discussed current research into whether we can create human sperm and eggs from stem cells and what this could mean for assisted reproductive laboratories and clinical practice in the future at the 2015 Twilight Seminar: Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

How the journey began

How the IVF journey began with Dinah and Ben.

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: January 2020
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy

How to choose a fertility specialist

Headline: How to choose a fertility specialist

Fertility treatment is physically and emotionally demanding, and depending on your needs it can be expensive, so it’s important to find a clinic and doctor that’s right for you. You can ask your GP for advice about choosing a fertility specialist but you can also do your own research before committing to a doctor and clinic. Here’s some information to consider.

Clinics vary a lot

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research.

Published: April 2019
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Regulation

IVF clinics improve their success rate information

Headline: IVF clinics improve their success rate information

Fertility clinics in Australia and New Zealand are improving the way they present success rates but there is still room for improvement, our latest annual audit has found.

In 2018, a VARTA audit of 24 clinic websites showed the average score had improved from 5.54/9 in 2017 to 6.33/9 in 2018.

While audits in 2016 and 2017 showed no statistically significant change year-on-year, nearly half of the clinics (11/24) scored higher in 2018 than in 2017, and no website had a lower score in 2018 compared to the previous year.

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

IVF with the lot may not be the best option

Headline: IVF with the lot may not be the best option

IVF has come a long way since the first baby was born more than 40 years ago. In the early days of IVF doctors waited for the one egg that a woman releases every month to mature before they tried to retrieve it and fertilise it in the laboratory. Needless to say, the chance of a pregnancy was extremely low.

Since then IVF has become much more efficient mainly because hormones are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, the culture systems in the laboratory have been refined and embryos can be frozen which adds to the chance of a baby.

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

IVF with the lot, does it increase the chance of having a baby?

Headline: IVF with the lot, does it increase the chance of having a baby?

People who struggle to have a baby often turn to IVF and this has ended happily for millions of couples around the world. But sometimes multiple IVF attempts fail to result in a pregnancy and sometimes women who achieve pregnancy experience repeated pregnancy loss.

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