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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.

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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: 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
Author: Maggie Kirkman, Kate Bourne, Jane Fisher, Louise Johnson, Karin Hammarberg
Journal: Human Reproduction
Year: 2014
DOI: 10.1093/humrep/deu027
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Donor conception

Gamete donors' expectations and experiences of contact with their donor offspring

Study question: What are the expectations and experiences of anonymous gamete donors about contact with their donor offspring?

Summary answer: Rather than consistently wanting to remain distant from their donor offspring, donors' expectations and experiences of contact with donor offspring ranged from none to a close personal relationship.

 

Surrogacy

Gay Dads Australia

This Australian based website has been set up to support gay men who are planning on, or who are already parents. 

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

Good news – Now you can stop worrying about worrying

Headline: Good news – Now you can stop worrying about worrying

If you have been trying for a baby for a while without success you are no doubt starting to feel a bit stressed. When month after month goes by without any sign of pregnancy it’s easy to start to worry about whether it will ever happen and to feel a bit down about it all. Add to that the stress of having IVF treatment, especially when it fails. In the midst of this someone might tell you ‘Just relax and you’ll get pregnant’. This might make you think that the reason why you don’t get pregnant is because you’re too worried and stressed. If this is you, here is some good news.

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Published: April 2019
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Good news! Adults born after IVF are as healthy as others

IVF has been around for more than 40 years, creating more than five million people worldwide. Because IVF involves mixing eggs and sperm and making embryos in the lab, questions have been raised about whether it might affect the long-term health of people born after IVF.

So, it is welcome news that the world’s largest study of adults born after IVF shows they are as healthy as their same-aged peers. The research team was led by Professor Jane Halliday at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne and included researchers from VARTA.

Published: June 2016
Video
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Graham and Kelly’s story of donor linking and advice to others

Donor Graham, and donor-conceived Kelly, met eight years ago once they both expressed interest in finding out information about their donor/offspring. They were matched with the help of VARTA. In this video, they share their story of how they linked, and explain their relationship today.


Donor Graham, and donor-conceived Kelly, met eight years ago with the help of VARTA. They share their advice to others who wish to link with their donor or offspring.

Author: Department of Health and Human Services
Published: February 2017
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Donor conception register services, Regulation

Guidelines for VARTA in managing the donor conception registers

Guidelines have been issued under section 100A(1) of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 by the Secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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