Donor conception

The value of having information about your donor

Brin found that as her kids reached 10 to 11 years of age they began to ask many questions about their donor. Unfortunately, as she had used an anonymous donor she can’t answer these. In retrospect she wishes she had used an identity-released donor and urges people considering donation to think about the normal questions their child is likely to ask and to use a donor whose identity can be known to the child.

Fertility & infertility

Think Fertility

The purpose of this site is to provide fertility news and research related information. There are items that are of special interest for those dealing with fertility.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Thinking of donating sperm, eggs or embryos?

This brochure covers:

  • The implications of donating sperm,eggs or embryos
  • What are donors’ rights and responsibilities?
Donor conception

Thinking of using donor sperm, eggs or embryos?

This brochure covers:

  • The implications of having a child using donor sperm, eggs or embryos
  • What are your rights and responsibilities as a parent?
Author: VARTA
Published: October 2016
Donor conception

Time to tell

We're here to help you talk to your donor-conceived children about how you became a family.

women talking
Published: April 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

To scratch or not to scratch?

Headline: To scratch or not to scratch?

If you are having IVF treatment, your fertility specialist may discuss endometrial scratching with you. A 2015 survey found that 83 per cent of fertility specialists in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were offering it to women at the time.

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

To test or not to test embryos to increase chance of a live birth?

The chance of having a baby with IVF depends largely on the woman’s age and after the age of 35 the chance drops quite dramatically. This is because, the number of chromosomally abnormal eggs produced in the ovaries increases as women age. To improve their chance of pregnancy, women over 35 are sometimes offered a procedure called preimplantation genetic testing for chromosome abnormality (PGT-A). In this procedure the embryos that develop are tested by removing a few cells from the part of the embryo that will form the placenta a few days after egg collection.

Published: August 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA

Twilight seminar - Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

Headline: Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

VARTA's 2018 twilight seminar explored what happens when people who are connected as a result of donor conception treatment learn each other’s identities, exchange information or meet. The sold out event, held on 9 July, examined the latest research into donor linking and its outcomes and listened to the experiences of people who have been through the process.

Author: VARTA
Published: April 2016
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Understanding IVF success rates

For those embarking on IVF, it can be difficult to assess the success rates of different fertility clinics, as clinics measure their success rates in various ways.

This brochure will give you an overview of how to interpret clinics’ success rate figures, factors that influence the chance of success, and important questions to ask your doctor. 

Published: February 2015
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Use of donor sperm in Victoria has more than quadrupled in four years

Headline: Use of donor sperm quadrupled in four years

The latest statistics for assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria show that use of donor sperm in IVF treatment has increased more than four-fold in the past four years.