Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

International Consumer Support for Infertility (iCSi)

Empowering patients to become full partners in ART health care and public policy by building effective relationships with providers, governments and media worldwide.

Fertility & infertility

International Council on Infertility (INCIID)

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced "inside") is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles.

International surrogacy arrangement legal checklist
Author: Kellehers Australia / VARTA

International surrogacy arrangement legal checklist

VARTA strongly encourages people considering surrogacy to make these arrangements within Australia. The unregulated environments that occur overseas can pose potentially serious risk or disadvantage for all parties involved in surrogacy arrangements – in particular, for resulting children. However, recognising that international arrangements do occur, the following checklist has been compiled in collaboration with Kellehers Australia. This checklist is a modification of the checklist devised and created by Kellehers Australia.

Published: June 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and its possible effects on health

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used for the same reasons as IVF, but especially to overcome sperm problems. Essentially, ICSI follows the same process as IVF, except ICSI involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg to achieve fertilisation.

Fertility & infertility

Investing in the earliest start to life

Presented by Professor Rob Norman, Director, The Robinson Institute, Adelaide, 2011 at the annual Louis Waller Lecture.

The lecture focused on the importance of pre-conception health, dangers to the embryo in its early stages of development, and the risk factors of obesity, smoking, environmental agents, age and occupation. Professor Norman also discussed risks and opportunities for earliest life, personal and community interventions, implications for assisted reproductive treatment units and the need for research in this area.

Professor Norman was able to visit Melbourne thanks to Your Fertility, an initiative funded through the Family Planning Grants Program of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Published: June 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Is ICSI better than IVF? It depends

Research shows that IVF is just as effective as the ICSI procedure, where sperm is injected directly into an egg, when there is no male infertility factor. Cumulative live birth rates in Victoria were similar for IVF and ICSI in these circumstances.

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Jean Hailes for Women's Health

Jean Hailes is Australia's leading and most trusted women's health organisation. 

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

Jenny Blood: the early days of donor conception at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne

Donor conception

Journey to parenthood using donated sperm

Listen to this three part series on Dianne's journey to parenthood as a single mother using donated sperm, talking to her children about donor conception and meeting her sperm donor, Adrian. 

"My first child is five and a half now and my second child is 20 months.  It wasn’t “so Mum who’s my Dad” type of question.  It was “other kids have Dads where’s mine? So it was up to me to say that she did have a Dad and explain to her that he didn’t live with us".

Author: Dr Joanna Scheib
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Lessons learnt from ten years of linking

Joanna Scheib, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of California, Davis and The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC), Berkeley presents 'Lessons learnt from 10 years of linking' at the Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' hosted by