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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: August 2017
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

How I found and lost my donor

Headline: How I found and lost my donor

Rose's story of how she found her donor through DNA testing

I have always known that I was donor conceived.  Likewise I have always known that I would never know the identity of my donor. The clinic (Queen Victoria Hospital) doesn’t exist anymore, the donors were offered complete anonymity and the doctor swears that the records were ‘lost’ in transition to a private fertility clinic.

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

Louise Johnson, CEO of VARTA
Author: Louise Johnson
Published: April 2015
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Donor conception

How to talk to a child about becoming a family with the help of a donor

After three years of trying to conceive without success Jessica Busuttil and her husband Phillip were told that Phillip had a condition called azoospermia, which, in layman terms, means that Phillip had no sperm.

“This diagnosis was totally unexpected,” Jessica explained. “It was an extremely difficult and emotional time in our lives – we just felt lost.”

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Donor conception

How we became a family using donor sperm

Listen to Angie and Greg talk about how important it is to talk to children about how they became a family using donor sperm.

Author: VARTA
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Donor conception

Import class application

Class application to import donated gametes by a Victorian registered ART provider.

The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (the ART Act) requires that a person must not bring donor gametes, or embryos produced from donor gametes, into Victoria, or take them from Victoria, except with the written approval of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA).

Information to the Central Register - Applying to the Central Register
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Information for Donors making a Central Register Application

Donors are entitled to apply to the Central Register to seek identifying information about their donor offspring, however this information can only be released with the consent of the donor-conceived person or parents of those under 18 years of age.

For more information download the information sheet below.

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and its possible effects on health

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used for the same reasons as IVF, but especially to overcome sperm problems. Essentially, ICSI follows the same process as IVF, except ICSI involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg to achieve fertilisation.

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Is ICSI better than IVF? It depends

Research shows that IVF is just as effective as the ICSI procedure, where sperm is injected directly into an egg, when there is no male infertility factor. Cumulative live birth rates in Victoria were similar for IVF and ICSI in these circumstances.

Published: January 2019
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Jenny Blood: the early days of donor conception at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne

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