Acupuncture for IVF in Cambridge

Irina Szmelskyj is an award-winning Acupuncturist based in Cambridge with 18 years experience in acupuncture for IVF and fertility.

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Acupuncture for IVF

When you begin your IVF acupuncture treatment with us, our fertility acupuncturist will review major factors known to affect IVF success and will put together your comprehensive acupuncture for IVF treatment plan.

lifestyle barriers to IVF success

Ovarian follicles (and eggs inside them) take over a year to develop after coming out of their dormant state. Sperm takes around 3 months to be produced. So, what happens in the months before IVF can make a big difference to egg and sperm quality and, therefore, IVF outcome.

Adequate preparation is the key to successful IVF treatment, but it can get confusing what is proven to work. Before starting their IVF acupuncture treatment with us, many of our patients are doing “everything” in the hope it will help them. This is stressful, expensive and can actually reduce IVF success. 

So, at the beginning of your IVF acupuncture treatment with us, we will review all the major factors found by research to reduce IVF success rates, including:

  • evidence-based dietary approaches
  • supplements
  • weight
  • exercise
  • stress and anxiety
  • alcohol
  • smoking, etc


But, don’t worry, we will not give you a long list of expensive supplements to take or complicated diets to follow. We will only recommend small easy to implement changes that research shows will have the highest positive impact on your IVF treatment.


Medical barriers to IVF success

If, after taking your medical history, we suspect you might have an underlying medical condition that can impact on your IVF treatment, we will recommend what investigations you would benefit from and how to arrange them.

If you’ve already had infertility investigations, we will review your tests results. It is not unusual for us to pick up on something that’s been previously overlooked or recommend other tests.

Our fertility acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, teachеs other acupuncturists, doctors and consultants nationally and internationally on advanced interpretation of infertility tests. So, she has detailed technical knowledge of all infertility tests and will talk you through them, something our patients find really helpful.


IVF treatment recommendations

If you’ve already had IVF or similar treatments, we will review how your treatment(s) went to see if there are any aspects that can be improved upon in the future. The areas we usually look into include:

  • If the number and the quality of eggs was optimised;
  • If the uterine lining (the endometrium) developed as well as it should;
  • If the fertilisation rate was correct and, if not, if there are any additional issues that need to be addressed, e.g. sperm issues;
  • Any luteal phase (the “two week wait”) complications, for example, any bleeding;
  • The appropriateness of any “IVF add-on’s”.


If we find anything that was not optimally managed, we will recommend what your IVF clinic can do to reduce changes of the same issue coming up in the future.

If you’ve never had any reproductive treatments, we will advise which reproductive treatments or techniques are likely to benefit you and which IVF clinics offer these treatments. 

As part of this review, we are always thinking about how you can give yourself the highest chance of success while keeping the cost of assisted reproductive treatment down. So, it’s not unusual for us to recommend steps that will actually save you money, sometimes thousands! So, acupuncture treatment with us can pay for itself.


Previous pregnancies (if applicable)

If you or your partner have been pregnant before, those pregnancies can give us a clue as to why you are having current fertility difficulties. We will review these as part of your detailed assessment. All information is treated with the highest level of confidentiality.


Family fertility history

We will look into your reproductive and obstetric family history as some fertility related medical conditions can be passed on and can affect IVF success rates. 


Acupuncture fertility diagnosis

IVF acupuncture treatment is holistic, so we will look at every system in your body to see if everything is working as well as it should.

It’s not unusual for a patient to be “fit and healthy” from a conventional medical point of view, only to have several syndromes (as they are referred to in acupuncture) that need to be treated by acupuncture before you begin your IVF treatment.


Acupuncture for IVF treatment plan

We will then put together your IVF acupuncture treatment plan. In addition to acupuncture treatment, your plan may include:

  • Easy to implement steps to reduce or eliminate modifiable lifestyle barriers to IVF success
  • A referral for any additional tests or investigations, and
  • Recommendations regarding any additional assisted reproductive techniques (if relevant).

Flexible IVF acupuncture treatments

IVF acupuncture treatment may need to be administered outside of normal clinic hours, for example, on the day of embryo transfer. We are as flexible as we can be to ensure that you get treated exactly when your chances of IVF success will be maximised, even if it’s on a bank holiday.


24/7 support

Undergoing IVF treatment is like being on a rollercoaster with many ups and downs. This is why as part of our IVF acupuncture treatment we provide unlimited email and emergency phone support.

Fertility Acupuncturist

Irina Szmelskyj


  • National Award-Winning Fertility Acupuncturist
  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Council
  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Association
  • Registered with the British Medical Acupuncture Society
  • 18 years’ experience
  • Specialising in acupuncture for fertility and IVF
  • International conferences speaker on the subject of acupuncture for fertility, IVF and pregnancy support
  • Fertility acupuncture lecturer
  • Co-author of the international best-selling textbook on IVF and fertility acupuncture ‘Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction’
Irina Szmelskyj Award-Winning Acupuncturist in Cambridge
Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction

World-leading expertise in acupuncture for IVF and fertility

Our fertility acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, is a co-author of a leading textbook on acupuncture for fertility and IVF. The book ‘Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction’ (ISBN 978-0702050107) reached No1 best-seller ranking in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, India.

Acupuncture for IVF and Fertility

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