(Closed) basal thermometers (NFP)

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t have a recommendation, but Ugh!  I’m sorry!  Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I just got the book “taking charge of your fertility” so that I could start charting and be super ready for kids once we’re married. Is there a difference between a basal thermometer and the one I have to check if we have a fever?

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

prettylizy – yes there is 🙂

I got the one recommended in the book… TCOYF. It’s digital which I would really rec. and it beeps every few seconds letting you know it’s working. It also remembers the last temp taken so I take my temp, and go back to bed. Then when I wake up for real I record it 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I also have the BD Basal thermometer that ecoastrunner linked to (see comment 5). I have been using it for 2.5 years and it’s still working great, I haven’t had to change the battery or anything. It gives consistent readings from month to month. I also paid about $10 for mine. I have seen them sold at drugstores like CVS as well as on Amazon. I like that it beeps to tell you it’s on and that it stores the last recorded temperature so that you can take your temp at the usual time but not have to write it down until whenever it’s convenient for you. I take online reviews with a grain of salt. Often only the squeaky wheels bother to write reviews—a thermometer isn’t very exciting, so if you are satisfied you probably wouldn’t bother to write in.

@prettylizy, The difference between a basal body thermometer and a fever thermometer is its accuracy within a certain temperature range. Basal thermometers are calibrated to measure temperatures very accurately in the 96-99 degree range, whereas fever thermometers are calibrated to give you accurate readings above 98.6 (so, to tell you if you have a fever). I have used both on the same day to check if there was any difference and there definitely is. The fever thermometer gave me lower temperature readings than the basal thermometer. That would really impact your ability to properly chart.  You definitely must get a basal thermometer if you are going to use NFP, whether to avoid or achieve pregnancy.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I actually have the same one linked to as well….

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have been using the Petit Sophia Basal thermometer for almost a year and I LOVE it. You can find it on amazon. It is very expensive but it has all sorts of features that make my temping and charting more accurate. I have written about it extensively in other posts here on wb so if you search for it you will find them.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t know what kind my basal thermometer is, but I just picked it up from the pharmacy counter at my local grocery store.  The store only sold one basal thermometer, so that’s the one I bought.  I don’t think you have to spend a lot of money to get a good one; you can pick up a fine thermometer for under $20 just about anywhere.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m glad you posted this! I didn’t think too much about what kind of basal thermometer to get, and I got the Target brand (the generic Up & Up Brand, its pink). I just checked reviews on target.com, and it has 2 out of 5 stars. Its seemed to work for me, but now I’m a little nervous… 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

I just bought the $10 one from Walgreen’s.  They only sold one.  It worked just fine.

~ Stored last 5 temps which was really nice.

~ It does not beep to let you know it’s working…. which would be a bonus because sometimes it seemed to take FOREVER and I was always temping in the dark – so it was hard to check if it was still flashing.  BUT had it beeped I’m pretty sure my husband who was always still sleeping would have been VERY annoyed 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have both the Walgreens and BD thermometers. They make me nuts for different reasons….Walgreens is not backlit, which is annoying. BD beeps constantly, which is REALLY annoying. However, it is backlit. (I ordered it to cross-check the Walgreens, but turns out both measure about the same, for whatever that’s worth.)

I think it might depend on individual situations—FI is irritated no end by the beeping, so I mostly use the Walgreens one. However, if you don’t take your temp orally, it’s probably far less of an issue….and the backlit feature is REALLY nice. Both save the last temperature, though, so half the time I just end up checking it later. I think I paid around $10 for each.

I really want one that is backlit but doesn’t beep throughout—but haven’t found it yet!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’ve been using the Walgreens one since October and have had no issues.  It stores one previous reading but is not backlit.  Not having a back light thing doesn’t bother me as I check the acutal result after I’ve been up and gotten ready for the day.  It beeps when it is done and has stored the temperature, which is enough for me.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I got mine for $9.99 for monitoring basal temperature at CVS, wow, it really correlated with the ovulation kit I bought

 

I couldnt believe it at first, my temp was high and the kit showed I was ovulating 1 day after my period ended, I didnt believe it then the next few days my temperature went down and the ovulation kit showed I wasnt ovulating–okay lets see if it work now; just started this month

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