Published: May 2017
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF

Headline: Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF
Interesting new research offers alternative - and less expensive - assisted reproductive treatment options for some women with tuble infertility.

Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF

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

Sugary drinks can affect a woman’s chance of having a baby with IVF

Sugary drinks can affect a woman’s chance of successful IVF treatment, according to new research.

A US study found that women who regularly drank soft drink had fewer eggs retrieved, fewer fertilised eggs and fewer good-quality embryos.  And, compared to women who didn’t consume soft drink at all, the chance of having a baby was 12 per cent lower for women who drank up to one cup of soft drink per day and 16 per cent lower for those who had more than a cup per day.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Support for the journey and impact on work

Dinah talks about sharing information with family and colleagues.

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.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Support for the journey during IVF

IVF treatment can impose heightened sensitivities. Friends who achieve a pregnancy and want to share their news may be unaware that IVF recipients can be distressed to hear about other pregnancies.


Surrogacy Australia

This website supports Australians who are planning on, or who are already parents via surrogacy arrangements. We are an incorporated not-for-profit association, registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria. General information on altruistic and commercial surrogacy, useful groups and upcoming information and social events are open to all.

Surrogacy FAQ
Author: VARTA

Surrogacy FAQ

Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in which a woman agrees to carry and give birth to a child on behalf of another person or couple. The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 allows surrogacy in Victoria for individuals or couples who may not otherwise be able to have children.  This resource provides a list of questions and answers and information to help you understand the legal, practical and emotional implications of surrogacy in Victoria. The information is related to surrogacy in Victoria specifically.

Published: November 2014

Surrogacy legal checklist resources launched

Legal checklist resources for people considering surrogacy arrangements - either domestically or overseas - have been launched today at the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) 2nd National Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference.

Checklists created by Kellehers Australia last year, have been adapted with the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and other stakeholders to ensure greater access by the community.  They are essential reading for anyone contemplating a surrogacy arrangement - whether in Australia or overseas. 


Surrogacy perspectives

Mother, surrogate and child share their story

The three videos below show different perspectives about surrogacy including those of an intended mother, a surrogate and one presenting a child’s outlook.


Commissioning mother – Fiona

After nine long years of infertility treatment failure and four miscarriages, Fiona’s sister, Laura, offered to be her “oven to cook her embryos”. After much discussion and a few glasses of red wine, they decided to proceed. Two years later, Pippy was born and she has brought more joy than Fiona could ever have imagined. Not many mothers get to cut their daughter’s umbilical cord but Fiona did! 

Surrogate - Laura

Surrogate, Laura and her husband feel very proud of the help they were able to give Fiona and her husband to have their daughter, Pippy. Laura has never considered Pippy as her daughter but a much loved niece and cousin to her own children

Surrogacy child - Pippy

Pippy aged 12 years proudly says, “I came into the world in a very special way…I grew in my auntie’s tummy but I am my mummy’s baby”. Her parents have never made a big deal of how she began and Pippy knows she couldn’t be more loved and wanted. Her middle name is ‘Laura’ to acknowledge her aunt’s special contribution in making her.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Talking about your donation

Prior to 1988, sperm and egg donations were practised anonymously. Donors and parents who used the donations rarely told others about their experience. As society has changed and become more open, the law and this practice in Victoria has changed. Parents are encouraged to tell their child about how they became a family with the help of a donor. Donors are counselled in treatment clinics to be open about their donation to their partner, children, and extended family - especially as donor-conceived people or their parents are able to apply for information about them. 

Donor conception

Talking to children about being a donor

Listen to this interview with Stewart and his children talking about being a sperm donor.

“My advice would be to tell. Certainly it’s never as bad as it seems to give this information to other members of your family.  You know, I think, you couch it in as simple terms as possible, give as much information as you feel comfortable with and let them absorb it and let them if they want to come to you with anything else they will." Stewart.