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When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

Headline: When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

 

In 1979, when Aaron* answered a call for volunteer research participants at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, he was surprised to find himself signing up to a sperm donation program. Now, more than 35 years later, Aaron has connected with two of his donor offspring and is seeking contact with others.

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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.

 

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

DNA testing means donor conception secrets are being revealed

Headline: DNA testing means donor conception secrets are being revealed

The increasing popularity of DNA ancestral testing such as 23andme and ancestry.com means that some people are finding out that they are not genetically connected with family members in the way that they may have thought. At the same time, there are those who have done DNA tests and found themselves matching with strangers whose relationship to them may be described as parent or half sibling.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor Legacy Project

The Donor Legacy Project aims to provide resources that can assist donors to create and submit information to the Voluntary Register. We use the word ‘legacy’ in our title as we are aware that many donors are aging, may be unwell or unfortunate circumstances may occur. By documenting information or creating a legacy, offspring will be able to grasp an understanding of the donor.

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

What is the difference between the Central Register and the Voluntary Register?

 

Marjorie Solomon, Communication Officer
Author: Marjorie Solomon
Published: August 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

ABC ‘Sperm Donors Anonymous’ gets to the heart of issues in donor conception

The issue of anonymous sperm donation has been under the spotlight of late in Victoria, partly due to changes in legislation,  partly as a result of VARTA’s exhibition, ‘Donor conception: towards openness’, and now because of the ABC documentary ‘Sperm Donors Anonymous’.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

Headline: Telling your adult child they are donor-conceived

When donor conception was first practised, sperm and egg donations were made anonymously. Historically, parents were encouraged to maintain secrecy about their donor treatment. Time has shown that this approach may not have been in the best interests of the child born.

Published: January 2020
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

What do people linked through donor conception want to know about each other?

Headline: What do people linked through donor conception want to know about each other?

Over the last few decades many thousands of people have been born as a result of donor sperm or eggs in Victoria. As they reach adulthood, some yearn to know more about their genetic origins and some donors want to know more about the people they helped conceive. Donor linking is the process by which donor-conceived people (DCP), parents of donor-conceived children and donors can access information about each other.

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

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Connecting with donor siblings: Helen's story

Headline: Connecting with donor siblings: Helen's story

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