Taking temp (vaginally vs orally)

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: How do you take your basal temp every morning?
    Vaginally : (14 votes)
    28 %
    Orally : (36 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3119 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I always did orally, even though sometimes I am a mouth breather and had to take my temp a few times in the morning before it acclimated to it’s appropriate temperature. I always saw good patterns, so never felt the need to switch to vaginally, although I would have if needed. Vaginally just seemed to me an entirely new, intimidating, and different animal, that I preferred not to do it that way unless necessary. 

    Post # 4
    cherrypieBee
    1059 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

    We looked into accuracy and medically speaking either should suffice. I charted vaginally since day 1 and saw clear patterns. I chose to chart vaginally since I drink water on waking at night and mouth breathe from time to time.

    Post # 5
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    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    i consistently mouth breathe and for me it takes the guesswork out of it. I know if I have a temp it’s probably right. 

    Post # 6
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    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I started out orally temping, but switched to vaginal after just a couple of months because I am a notorious mouth breather.  My temps and def more accurate vaginally and there is less rockiness.

    Post # 7
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    1739 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Maybe TMI question: But how do you temp vaginally? Do you need a specific type of thermometer? I have an Exergen Temperol Scanner (forehead scanner) so I am thinking this will not work vaginally so what brand/type of thermometer do you use? How long does it take? This may really be a TMI question: How far into the vaginal opening do you place it?

    Post # 8
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    1838 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @newbabybee:  i don’t really think you can use a temporal thermometer for bbt.  i have found them to even be pretty inaccurate in my experience working in the ER (getting diff temps when scanning a few times in a row).

     

    i use this thermometer http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-524560-Basal-Digital-Thermometer/dp/B006F5BCLA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388721032&sr=8-1&keywords=bbt

     

    i did oral temps for my first cycle but they were super rocky/erratic b/c i’m a mouth breather, so i have switched to vaginal for my 2nd and have noticed a major difference.

    Post # 9
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    1739 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @li612:  Thanks – I will look into getting one of those.

    Post # 10
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    1838 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @newbabybee:  i have to let you know, though, that particular one beeps every 10 sec or so to let you know the thermometer is “in the right place”, so it might be annoying to you/your SO.  hasn’t bothered me enough to get a new one, but it was more annoying when i was temping by mouth.

    Post # 12
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    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    Post # 13
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    1057 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I take mine orally. My temps are pretty low in general, so I took my temp vaginally once and it was like 1 degree warmer. I think vaginally is probably more accurate, but not as convenient! Lol.

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