IVF and reproductive technology

IVF and reproductive technology covers a range of procedures that aim to help individuals achieve pregnancy and involve the handling of sperm, eggs or embryos outside the body.

Access to IVF in Western Australia

In Western Australia access to IVF is limited to a woman or a couple:

  • who are unable to conceive due to medical reasons
  • whose child would be likely to be affected by a genetic abnormality or disease
    or
  • a woman who is unable to give birth to a child due to medical reasons and is part of a surrogacy arrangement.

Restrictions on access

Access to IVF is not available to:

  • a woman or a couple who are unable to conceive because of age
  • a woman or a couple who want to access surrogacy but do not have medical reasons.
   

Treatments

Artificial insemination procedures

Artificial insemination refers to an assisted reproductive technology procedure where human sperm are introduced directly into the cervix or uterus of a woman to try and achieve pregnancy.

Artificial insemination may be used by a licensed fertility provider or exempt medical practitioner during donor assisted conception, fertility treatment or where there are other reasons why conception would be unable to occur through sexual intercourse.

IVF (in vitro fertilisation)

IVF refers to an assisted reproductive technology procedure where an egg is fertilised outside the body and transferred back into a woman's womb to try and achieve pregnancy.

An IVF cycle involves stimulating egg production, egg retrieval, sperm collection, mixing the sperm and egg/s to achieve fertilisation, embryo development and embryo transfer. Additional embryos may be stored for future FET (frozen embryo transfer) cycles if required.

ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection)

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection is similar to IVF but embryos are created by injecting a single sperm into the egg. ICSI may be used when there is male factor infertility.

PGT (preimplantation genetic testing)

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) refers to a range of techniques that are used to test high risk embryos for gene disorders or chromosomal abnormalities.

IVF clinics in WA

Adora fertility (external site)

Concept Fertility Centre (external site)

Fertility Specialists of WA Claremont (external site)

  • Bethesda Hospital, 25 Queenslea Drive Claremont WA 6010
  • Tel: (08) 9284 2333
  • Fax (08) 9340 6383
  • Email: info@fertilitywa.com.au

Fertility Specialists of WA Applecross (external site)

  • First Floor, 764 Canning Hwy (Cnr Canning Hwy/Riseley St) Applecross WA 6153
  • Tel: (08) 6217 3800
  • Fax (08) 9316 8819
  • Email: info@fertilitywa.com.au

Fertility North (external site)

  • Suite 30, Level 2, Joondalup Private Hospital, 60 Shenton Avenue Joondalup WA 6027
  • Tel: (08) 9301 1075
  • Fax (08) 9400 9962
  • Email: admin@fertilitynorth.com.au

Genea Hollywood Fertility (external site)

  • Level 2 190 Cambridge Street Wembley WA 6014
  • Tel: (08) 9389 4200
  • Fax (08) 9386 1463
  • Email: perth@genea.com.au

Monash IVF (external site)

  • 166-168 Cambridge Street, West Leederville WA 6007 
  • Tel: (08) 9422 5400 
  • Fax (08) 9382 4576
  • Email: info@monashivfwest.com  
Legislation, policy and guidelines

Western Australian legislation that regulates the assisted reproductive technology:

The Reproductive Technology Council (external site) advises the Minister for Health on matters related to reproductive technology, advises the Chief Executive Officer of Health on fertility clinic licence applications and issues approvals required under legislation.

Licensed fertility providers are required to comply with the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee Code of Practice for Assisted Reproductive Technology Units and the National Health and Medical Research Council Ethical Guidelines of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research (external site).

Western Australian laws in relation to assisted reproductive technology are currently being reviewed.

More information

Reproductive Technology Unit

Email: rtu@health.wa.gov.au
Mail to: PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, WA 6849

Last reviewed: 05-10-2023