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Acupuncture for Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy

Irina Szmelskyj is an award-winning Fertility Acupuncturist with over 17 years experience in the management of fertility patients. She is an internationally-renowned expert, lecturer and a co-author of the best-selling textbook on acupuncture for fertility and IVF.

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Acupuncture for natural fertility, IVF and pregnancy support

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Our 10-STEP comprehensive approach to helping you achieve your dream family

When you begin your fertility acupuncture treatment with us, we will comprehensively review all the major factors known to affect fertility. For most patients, this will include:



If you are trying to conceive naturally, we will review your approaches, including: 

- Frequency and timing of intercourse;

- Your fertile window;

- The best methods of ovulation monitoring;

- How to keep intercourse enjoyable

Our Fertility Acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of infertility, so the advice given will be scientific, up-to-date and evidence-based. 


If you haven't had any infertility investigations, we will advise you on what medical tests you may be entitled to and how to get them done.

If you've already had some tests, we will review your results. It is not unusual for us to pick up on something that's been previously overlooked or misinterpreted.

Our Fertility Acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, has been teaching advanced interpretation of infertility tests nationally and internationally to acupuncturists as well as doctors and consultants. So, she has detailed technical knowledge of all infertility tests and will talk you through them, something our patients find really helpful. 


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;

- The appropriateness of any "IVF add-on's".

If we find anything that was not optimally managed, we will recommend how to address these in the future.

If you've never had any reproductive treatments, we will assess if any assisted reproductive treatments are likely to benefit you and, if so, we will recommend which treatments and which clinics are likely to produce the best result for you. 

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. 


Everybody knows that preparation is the key to successful conception, but it can get confusing as to what is actually proven to improve fertility. So, we find that many patients, when they first come to see us, are doing "everything". This can get expensive, add to already high stress levels and, in some cases, can actually inadvertently reduce fertility. 

We review all the major factors that research shows can affect conception, including correct evidence-based dietary approaches, supplements use, weight management, exercise levels, stress and anxiety, alcohol, 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 fertility. 


If you or your partner have been pregnant before, certain aspects of 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. 


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


Acupuncture treatment is holistic, so we 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. 

We will also review your case for evidence of any possible underlying medical conditions that can reduce fertility and, if appropriate, we will refer you for further investigations so that they can be ruled in or out.


Once reviewed all of the these factors and analysed the role that these may be having on your fertility, we will put together a treatment plan.

In addition to acupuncture treatment, your plan may include easy to implement steps to reduce or eliminate modifiable barriers to conception, a referral for any additional tests, and recommendations regarding assisted reproductive treatments. 


On request, we can summarise key recommendations in an outline report for you to refer to in the future.


Going through infertility is challenging with many ups and downs along the way. This is why we offer unlimited email support as part of our fertility acupuncture service. Whether it's a test result that you do not understand or something you read on a patients' forum that claims to dramatically improve fertility, send us an email and we will respond, usually within 24 hours. 

What our fertility acupuncture patients say...

We have received over 900 positive reviews. Below is a small selection of some of the ones from the fertility patients. To read all our reviews, click here

"Irina is exceptional in her knowledge about acupuncture and fertility. She is friendly and professional and goes beyond the call of duty to support her patients, offering genuine care and much-valued advice as well as treatment. I would highly recommend her."

"I have just had my first meeting with Irina to discuss acupuncture as I am having IVF. I left the meeting feeling more positive about my IVF journey than I have done in months. Not only did she explain how acupuncture can help, she also has really good knowledge of the IVF process and how different drug protocols can help depending on your need for fertility treatment. I think I have found a gem - thank you Irina!"

"I can’t speak highly enough of Irina. She made me feel like I was her only patient. Her expertise in fertility made me completely confident that I was in good hands and she answered every question with detailed, evidence-based knowledge. Irina gave me hope and positivity when I felt I had none and she filled with me confidence that this pregnancy would be different. Irina is professional, sympathetic, and thoughtful. I just wished I had found her seven years ago."

"The passion of Irina about her job and fertility is just incredible. No doubt that her care, her responsibility and knowledge make her one of the best acupuncture practitioner for this topic. I drive 1.5h (45minx2) to go to her sessions and I will certainly keep doing it! I highly recommend her."

"I came away feeling fully informed, very relaxed and positive following on from my first consultation / acupuncture treatment. Irina is very professional, friendly and makes you feel that you are in the very best hands. The acupuncture was completely pain free and the heat treatment very soothing. I am particularly grateful for all of the advice that Irina gives me, she takes into account the whole picture of your presenting complaint. I like her honest approach and realistic expectation to each individual case. I would not hesitate to recommend Irina (True Health Clinics)."

"Irina was fantastic. She was so informative and I came away feeling very positive about trying to conceive. I have seen various doctors and consultants, but none have been as informative as Irina!

She made me feel at ease and the whole process was not as daunting as I thought.

I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone!"

17 years of making families

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Irina Szmelskyj,
Award-winning Fertility and IVF Acupuncturist


  • National-Award Winning Acupuncturist
  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Council
  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Association
  • Registered with the British Medical Acupuncture Society
  • Specialising in acupuncture management of infertility and IVF patients and miscarriage prevention
  • International conferences speaker on the subject of acupuncture for fertility, IVF and pregnancy support
  • Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Lecturer at under and post-graduate level
  • Co-author of the International Best-Selling Textbook on the management of fertility and IVF patients 'Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction', ISBN 978-0702050107
Fertility acupuncturist Irina Szmelskyj Huntingdon, Cambridge
World-leading expertise in acupuncture treatment of fertility and IVF patients

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

Press reviews of our fertility acupuncturist

Irina's work has been covered by local and international press and she has been featured on several occasions on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Fertility articles

Does acupuncture help fertility? Image of a couple looking at a positive pregnancy test
How does acupuncture help fertility?

by Irina Szmelskyj updated 17 Nov 2020

Did you know that at least one in four couples seek acupuncture to help them conceive? This is because there is a growing body of evidence that acupuncture can positively influence fertility and IVF outcome. In one study it was found that acupuncture almost doubled IVF pregnancy rates. Continue reading...

Fertility IVF acupuncture photo
How many sessions of fertility acupuncture do you need for IVF?

by Irina Szmelskyj updated 17 Nov 2020

The biggest cause of IVF failure is poor genetic quality of eggs. The latest research shows that egg quality is strongly affected by follicular and ovarian environments. If the environment is good, eggs are genetically healthier. Continue reading...

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