Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a section of frequently asked questions to help you in your journey towards parenthood.

Can we reserve extra vials of donor sperm from our selected donor for future children?

We are unable to reserve more than one vial per treatment due to sperm stock levels in our clinics. However, once a pregnancy has been confirmed you may be able to reserve one vial from the same donor if available. This is discussed in more detail with your fertility coordinator.

 

Can we use donor sperm from another state?

Yes, in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland provided they meet state Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) legislation and regulations. In Victoria the patient must make an application to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and must meet state legislation and regulations. This is discussed in more detail with your fertility coordinator.

 

Can I use an international sperm bank?

  • In Victoria you can only use our local clinic-recruited donor sperm.
  • In New South Wales you can purchase from Fairfax sperm bank or use our local clinic-recruited donor sperm.
  • In South Australia and Queensland we have a selection of international (Xytex) donor sperm and local clinic-recruited donor sperm.

This is discussed in more detail with your fertility coordinator.

 

Does our known sperm donor need to have his sperm quarantined?

It is Rainbow Fertility policy that sperm from a known donor is quarantined for six months and the donor is to be rechecked for significant transmissible infections to avoid the possibility of an incubating infection at the time of gamete collection. Exemptions to this can be discussed with your clinician.

 

Can you provide us with or help us find a surrogate?

Rainbow Fertility cannot assist in the process of finding a surrogate. Intended parents (people wishing to become parents through surrogacy) must find a person willing to be a surrogate themselves. It is illegal to advertise for surrogates or for a person to advertise that she is willing to become a surrogate.

 

Is legal advice required when considering surrogacy?

Surrogacy laws differ between states. The intended parent(s), the surrogate and her partner (if applicable) will be required to organise separate appointments to obtain independent legal advice. The intended parent(s) and surrogate must obtain advice from separate legal advisors. Rainbow Fertility requires copies of the written surrogacy arrangements, which will be reviewed by our internal surrogacy committee (Patient Review Panel in Victoria). Your family lawyer will be able to discuss this information in depth with you.

 

Can our egg donor also be our surrogate?

This depends on state legislation. In Victoria, traditional surrogacy is not permitted. (When surrogate also provides the egg).

 

Is surrogacy accessible in all states?

Yes, but please consider that each state has different legislation in regard to surrogacy, for example:

  • In Victoria, traditional surrogacy is not permitted.
  • In South Australia, surrogacy is permitted only for the commissioning parents who are legally married or in a registered relationship; or have lived together continuously in a marriage-like relationship (irrespective of their sex or gender identity) for a period of three years.

Therefore, we encourage you to discuss your options with your fertility specialist and refer to your own state Surrogacy Act for more information.

 

Do you offer Partner IVF?

Yes, we can support Partner IVF in all our clinics.

 

Can you provide us with donor eggs?

Yes, the clinic offers an egg donor program to help couples or individuals in their attempt to become parents; however, by sourcing your own, a known donor treatment can potentially commence sooner.

 

How long can I freeze my eggs?

10 years; however, in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, extension beyond 10 years requires approval from the clinic. In Victoria, a formal written request must be sent to the Patient Review Panel (PRP) for approval.

 

Do you offer sperm freeze?

Yes, this is offered in all clinics. The number of deposits required will vary for each person. Storage is for 10 years; however, in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland extension beyond 10 years requires approval from the clinic. In Victoria, formal written request must be sent to the Patient Review Panel (PRP) for approval.

 

Do I need to cease or change my hormone treatment prior to egg/sperm freeze?

Please seek medical advice from one of our specialists prior to any procedure.

 

 

At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about the fertility treatment options available to you.

Call: 1300 222 623
email: info@rainbowfertility.com.au

 

Current as at 15.05.2017

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