Post # 1
So, I saw one in CVS yesterday which basically just looked like a regular thermometer you put in your mouth. Is this what everyone uses? I’m on the fence about temping/charting just yet we’re only on our 2nd month of TTC.
Post # 3
That’s what mine was too… but it was sold in the family planning section, and it was described as a basal thermometer on the box. It’s purple. Is that the one you’re talking about. …also CVS brand.
Post # 4
I have the purple CVS basal thermometer. It works well enough, is really accurate, BUT it takes SO FREAKIN LONG to register your temperature. I about fall back asleep before the thing is finished.
If you’re in the market for one, I’d suggest trying to find one with like a 60 second read out.
Post # 5
Is it okay to use regular thermometers for charting? I’m about to start charting too and I was just going to use our household thermometer…it’s by Vicks, it’s digital and goes to 1/10th of a degree…that’s all you need, right? Sorry to threadjack!
Post # 6
I used the pink walgreens brand BBT thermometer.
@Kant: YOu should be using one that goes to the hundreths place rather than the tenths. Also, BBT thermometers are supposed to be more sensitive in a specific range than regular thermometers.
Post # 7
@Kant definitely should be using a Basal Thermometer! They’re wicked cheap though, online for all under 10 bucks or so.
Still on the fence about doing it or not….
Post # 8
I use a light pinkish/purple one that has “BD” on it. (I guess that’s the brand.) It only goes to the 10th place, but I can’t imagine why I would need a 100th place one… my temp is occasionally .4 or .5 different between days, so how would knowing the difference of .01 help me? I think I get all the information I need to know from it! 🙂
Post # 9
I use the BBT one that walmart sells. It is pink, but can’t think of the brand name. I would def. use a BBT thermometer over a regular one, because for me the regular one when I use it is always much higher than the BBT. I’ve been charting since March on Fertility Friend and have learned quite a bit using it. I had to find somewhere else to chart because the chart the Dr. gave me started at 97 degrees and I only hit that occasionally. I’m usually 96.65 or so!!
Post # 10
@nskillet: all the girls here have told me to get a BBT but I couldn’t find one in my town and don’t actually care that much (yet). I’m using the regular fever thermometer and I think it’s fine. My temps have been EXACTLY the same for the whole first phase of my cycle, so when the shift happens it is still obvious. If they had a BBT at the store I would have got it though, just for the fun of being extra-precise.
Post # 11
Do you have a Target? I noticed that their brand of basal thermometer is one clearance at the one near me! (1 week after I bought it full-price, of course)
Post # 12
@nskillet: I’m on month 7 of TTC and my first month temping. I kind of wish I started earlier so I’d have more information about what my body is doing. I was worried I’d obsess over it too much, but I find that I don’t at all because I just take my temp, look at the graph, and then it’s done! But I have yet to go through my first LP with it, so I’ll report back then about my obsession level. But it can’t hurt to get to know what’s going on and get the hang of temping. I know its a big step though, mentally.