A healthy weight is great for fertility
Author: Louise Johnson
Published: August 2015
Fertility & infertility

Fertility Week 2015: how weight impacts on fertility and child health

Fertility Week begins today (1-7 September). Designed to coincide with the first week of spring (think fertility, babies and so on), this year’s campaign focuses on the impact that being overweight or obese can have on a person’s ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Raelia Lew
Published: June 2016
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.

Author: Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)
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Fertility & infertility

Fertility preservation for AYAs diagnosed with cancer

This guidance has been produced by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) as part of a national Youth Cancer Networks Program project funded by the Australian Government.

The guidance provides evidence-based recommendations and ‘good practice points’ to assist health professionals in effectively and fully discussing with their AYA patients and their families:

Finding a surrogate
Author: VARTA
Published: May 2015

Finding a surrogate

This brochure aims to help guide people through the process of finding a surrogate within Australia.  It includes material on: what makes an ideal surrogate, asking someone you know, finding a surrogate you don’t know, and possible questions to ask a potential surrogate. It can be used as a guide to ensure that all parties are informed and prepared and that there’s a positive outcome for all.

Finding an egg donor - brochure cover
Author: VARTA
Published: October 2013
Donor conception

Finding an egg donor

Finding an egg donor can seem impossible.  Many wonder, where do I begin? Who could I possibly ask? In fact, many women in Victoria are willing and happy to help others to become parents via donation. In the past year, over 220 women donated eggs in Victoria. Finding a local donor rather than travelling overseas for treatment can have enormous advantages. A local donor has the benefit of legal protections that ensure that she can be known to your potential child, and to you, and is perhaps more likely to have a similar value set, appearance and language to your own.

Donor conception

Finding out as a teenager I was donor-conceived

Listen to Narelle talk about being a teenager and finding out she was donor-conceived.

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: March 2017
Fertility & infertility, Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

Finding your perfect match: egg and embryo donation in Victoria

Headline: Finding your perfect match: egg and embryo donation in Victoria

There are many opportunities in Victoria for people to find local egg or embryo donors. There are also people in the state who have eggs or embryos in storage who would like to find a person or couple to whom they would feel comfortable donating.

Published: June 2020
Fertility & infertility

Food for fertility

Headline: Food for fertility

Studies show that a healthy diet can improve fertility and pregnancy health. But what does a healthy diet look like? Here are some hints from a recently published summary of studies looking at the effects of diet on female and male fertility.

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