Post # 1
So I just had my annual OBGYN appointment today and since DH and I are planning to start TTC around June, I figured I’d go ahead and ask a few questions in preparation.
One thing they recommended is that I be off of my birth control pill for at least 2-3 cycles so that my lining can thicken up enough to be able to support a pregnancy. Which basically means this is probably my last month on birth control before we start trying! Yay!
Since we are going to still have a few months between now and actually trying (we’ll use condoms in the meantime), I figured I would go ahead and start charting and try to get a feel for how my cycle is working. I know before I was on the pill, I tended to get Aunt Flo about every 21 days so I know if my body reverts back to that, everything won’t be happening on a “standard” timeline.
So, all that said, does anyone have any recommendations for a good basal thermometer for charting?
Post # 2
I don’t necessarily have a brand recommendation (I don’t even know what brand mine is – the end is lavender), but you should look for a thermometer that reads to the hundredth of the degree. Some people say to the tenth is sufficient, but I think it’s worth it to have a more accurate reading. So, for example, if I temped three days in a row and my temperatures were 96.96, 97.04, and 97.01, if my thermometer read to the tenth of the degree they would all be 97.0. It’s not a huge difference, but when your total range of temps may be within 1-1.5 degree, I think it makes a difference.
Post # 3
SadieBee: Thanks for the tip! I’ll look for one with readings to the hundredth instead of the tenth.
Post # 4
Mrs.KMM: I’m on my last pack of BCP too! I only have 3 pills left and after that will start charting, so this weekend, eeek yay! This is the BBT thermometer I bought: http://www.fairhavenhealth.com/digital-basal.html?cmp=shopzilla&kw=digital-basal&utm_source=digital-basal&utm_medium=shopping%2Bengine&utm_campaign=shopzilla
I haven’t gotten the chance to use it yet, but the reviews were good and it doesn’t beep the whole time it’s taking your temp, only when it’s done. I didn’t want to wake up DH every morning with annoying beeps. 🙂 (It says it guarantees temps to the tenth but it also shows temps to the hundredth and stores your last temp for the next time you turn it on for ease in later recording.)