Post # 1
Whenever my late AF shows up, I’ll be going into my 3rd cycle off the pill (and 2nd month of TTC) and I’d like to start charting temperatures.
This feels like a dumb question, but do you just use any old thermometer, or do you use a specific fertility thermometer? I noticed one at the store the other day and I was thinking of buying it, but then I wasn’t sure if I should just save some money and buy a battery for my regular digital thermometer.
Post # 3
You should be using a basal body thermometer for charting. It is more sensitive and will allow you to see tenths of a degree of difference, which can be very important.
Post # 4
My regular thermometer does display tenths of degrees, like 36.8 C.
Post # 5
If you regular one does tenth degrees, it’s all you need. I have a basal thermometer, and never chart anything past the tenths. I would get a regular thermometer if this one were to wear out.
(I’ve been charting since 2005)
Post # 6
I use a basal, but like MapleBecky, I only put 10ths down on the actual chart. I think some regular thermometers might not read low enough? Basal temps can be in the 96s sometimes.
Good luck! I am loving charting!!
Post # 7
Good luck charting. I love it too – though I’m taking a break for the moment. Definitely use a basal body thermometer. I got one on Amazon for $8 or something.
Good luck TTC too!
Post # 8
I stopped taking the pill in October (after 12 years) and we began charting at that time. We’re not TTC per se- just kind of seeing how it goes. Honestly, my cycles have been from 100 to 8 days since going off the pill, and I still haven’t had a normal period since stopping. Generally it’s just several days of spotting. Compared to lots of comments I’ve seen of people going off the pill, that seems to be the norm. The only main problem I’ve had is AWFUL breakouts- I seriously feel like I’m in high school again!
Post # 9
I’ll also be starting my 3rd month off the pill soon (assuming that I’m not already pregnant by some miracle) and am thinking that this is the month to start charting my temps. I also have a regular thermometer that reads to the tenth of a degree, but I think I’m going to get a thermometer that is actually advertised as being a BBT thermometer. Good luck on month 3!!
Post # 10
My regular thermometer was all out of batteries, I’m going to start charting too: I’m excited to start charting tomorrow!
I’m going on a trip with my Mom in a few weeks….I wonder if I’ll stop charting when we are on the trip, so that I don’t have to explain, or if I should break the news to her that we are going to start TTC in one month and take my temp every morning.
Post # 11
I would reccommend getting a basal body thermometer because they are more precise and you need that precision in order to chart effectively.
You also might want to check out the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility.
Post # 12
yeah, i’d recommend getting a basil body thermometer too, just because they’re so precise. i got a walmart brand one for $10. i’m not TTCing right now, but looking back it was actually pretty fun to take my temp everyday before getting out of bed and charting my temps. once i started charting, i got pregnant the 2nd month 🙂 good luck, very exciting!
Post # 13
I got one on Amazon for under $10 because the regular one I had wouldn’t register any temperatures under 97, and my normal, pre-O temp hovers a few tenths of a degree below that. They really aren’t very expensive at all.
Good luck charting, and TTC!