- 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
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.
This Australian based website has been set up to support gay men who are planning on, or who are already parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Vic) (Act) prohibits taking donated gametes, or embryos produced from donated gametes, into or outside of Victoria without the written approval of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Authority (VARTA). Accordingly, approval must be obtained from VARTA before:
• the import of donor gametes, or embryos produced from donor gametes, into Victoria from interstate or overseas;
The Victorian Government wants to hear your views and experiences about the way assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is provided in Victoria.
Your input will inform a review of Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 and help shape changes and improve services for all Victorians who may need assisted reproductive treatment in the future.
Hayley Smith, a donor-conceived woman shares her experiences of finding her donor through DNA detective work at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.