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.
Victoria's sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones
At least half of the donors who had donated anonymously were in favour of their offspring being able to know their identity.
Application form options:
A. Open application form > Print document > Write information > Sign > Scan and email to VARTA OR post to VARTA
B. Open application form document and save it as a pdf file to your computer > Open document from your computer (requires Adobe Reader* at least version 8) > Type your information into the form > Save form > Print and sign form > Scan and email OR post form to VARTA
Read Carolyn's story about her experiences as a donor's wife.
Interpreting IVF clinic success rates in context
There has been much talk in the media about IVF clinic success rates and the language used by clinics to express average results. We know that about 25 per cent of women or couples who commence a single IVF cycle will take home a baby. We know that the average couple who has an IVF baby requires more than one treatment cycle.
One of the reasons that IVF clinic success rates are so complicated to explain to individuals or couples is that the couple themselves may not be average.
Life circumstances, including not having a partner, can prevent women from having children during their most fertile years.
This brochure is intended as a general introduction to preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD): what it is, the reasons for having PGD, what it involves, common techniques and main challenges. 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 PGD is a rapidly advancing technology it is important to check information with your fertility specialist.
This brochure provides an overview of the most common techniques involved with assisted reproductive technology (ART), including IVF, artificial insemination, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This brochure is also available in Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese traditional and simplified.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia are investigating the reasons why people choose to tell or not tell members of their family and wider social network about their involvement in donor conception and are seeking participants in their study.
Who can participate?
Anyone who has participated in any type of donor conception programme (current or past):