Post # 1
Is there a special type of thermometer you use for charting? Or will my regular ol’ one do?
If there is no BFP this month I’m going to start hardcore charting. I need to feel like I’m doing something. Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
A bbt thermometer will measure to the hundredth degree so its important to use it for charting since cycle & ovulation temp changes can be in those small degree changes. It’s just a bit more precise. 🙂
Post # 4
I’ve just started charting and I bought a normal thermometer without researching and it’s been a bit of a pain. I really doubt its accuracy, and since the spike I’m looking for is only 0.2 degrees celsius, there isn’t a whole lot of room for error.
I’m buying a basal body thermometer ASAP.
Post # 5
Also, if you have an iPhone or iPad, the app Kindara is AMAZING for charting, and free. It has seriously made it so simple for me.
Post # 6
Yep, Basal body should measure to the hundredth degree. I used the one I had in my cupboard for a couple months just to try if I’d even stick to the temping, and liked it well enough so bought the basal. I think it was around 15 bucks.
Post # 7
I used a BBT thermometer that I got at CVS for $10 or $15. It’s worth it to buy the special kind.
Post # 8
Thanks I’ll check that out on my iPhone!
Ok that makes sense…I didn’t realize the temperature differences were that small. I guess I’ll wait until I get my period and then buy one. Fingers super crossed I won’t need to although it’s probably a long shot
Post # 9
not all BBT thermometers go to the hundredth. you don’t need the hundredth.
the difference between a regular thermometer and a BBT thermometer is that a BBT one is more accurate and should get your exact temperature within a tenth. regular thermometers can have a variance of a whole degree.
Post # 10
I would recommend buying a basal thermometer. It is much more accurate, and there is a big difference (as far as charting goes) between a temp of 97.05 and 97.14 (both of which would be 97.1 on a regular thermometer).
Post # 11
I have an Exergen temperal scanner thermometer – I am thinking this works great. Have been charting with it for a few months – been proven to give the most accurate temperature. Do any other bees use the Exergen temperal scanner?
Post # 12
I never used the BBTs, but i hear they are more accurate. I use a regular thermometer and my doctor also said it was fine. I just started temping this cycle and so far I have no complaints with this method.
Post # 13
TCOYF says you shouldn’t use a BBT that goes to the Hundredth…. You don’t need it. I use a BBT form Nexcare and track all my temps on Fertility Friend. Good luck!
Post # 14
I don’t know exactly what the difference is in the design, but I can tell you that using a good BBT thermometer made a big difference for me. When I used a “regular” thermometer my temps were lower and all over the place. When I started using a good BBT therm I began to see more stable temps. I also love how mine beeps as it goes so I don’t fall completely asleep while temping 😉
Post # 15
I also use a bbt thermometer. I also have the cvs one that @iheartnerds
mentioned. I paid around the same. Happy charting!
Post # 16
I use a plain ol’ digital thermometer. As long as you can see a temp shift, it doesn’t really matter, but I bet it’s nice to have the extra accuracy of a BBT thermometer.