Trying to Conceive After Ectopic

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I got ectopic pregnancy on May 2007 and lost my left tube. After the surgery, I was on pill for six months. On December 2007, Me and my husband are trying to conceive again. I still got my period on December. However, I skipped it on January. I thought I was pregnant. But three pregnancy tests came back negative. Then, on February 8, I got my period. Before I was pregnant, my cycle is more than 30 days.
My questions are:
1. Is it because of anovulation that I skipped my period on January?
2. Would FAM method be beneficial for me to predict my ovulation day?
3. What should I do to increase my chance to get pregnant?

I'm so sorry I give you many questions. But I have so much things in my mind about my condition. I really appreciate if you would like to give me some explanation concerning my condition. Thanks so much.

Best regards,
Melina

ANSWER

I am a little confused about the dates. Did you go off the pill more than a year ago? And you have been trying ever since? If so, I would need the dates of your periods since then if I were your provider, but my advice is that if you have been trying a full year and have not conceived, then it is time to seek the help of an infertility specialist.

If you have your dates wrong, and have only been off the pill for two months, then it sounds like your system is still re-regulating, and I would give it some time. You can use basal body temperatures and/or ovulation predictor kits to understand what is happening, but ideally you would have intercourse 2-3 times in the week prior to ovulation, so I'd suggest just doing that anyway :-). Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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