(Closed) TTC – charting thermometer

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I could be wrong here, but I think I remember reading that the mouth and rectum were the most accurate places to take your basal body temp – at least as far as temping to track ovulation, etc. The forehead one may not be right for the purpose. I used an $8 thermometer I bought from amazon when I was starting to temp and that seemed to work just fine. I think the most important part is temping at the same time every morning when you wake up, before getting up or even moving around too much. Good luck!   

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You need a BBT therm. The other wint be accurate enough :/

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I actually think that it’s more important to have the same amount of sleep (like 3 hours) before you temp rather than consistent time in the morning (this comes from my chemist Darling Husband who tests things all day long lol). Temping is kind of frustrating… apparently I’m a mouth breather (I hate year long allergies) at night so that made all of my temps wonky so went by OPKs this month. Bummer that it didn’t work out for you! Sounds like an awesome thermometor. :/ A+ for effort from your hubby!!!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

You need a basal body temp thermometer for charting.  They are fairly cheap (under $10)  The forehead type is GREAT for checking a childs temp but not for charting.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

So its vaginal or oral that gives you best accuracy, also dont check your tepms all day long as it is normal for them to go up/down during the day, check only in the morning when you wake up but before you get out of bed! And yes you need a basal body thermometer which is different than the ear/forehead one you have. I got mine at cvs for 12 bucks. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Also download fertility friend which graphs your temps for you and is easy to use. FF likes same time every day. Ive never heard of ppl using rectal temps for temping but oral and vaginal are most accurate from my understanding from the books i read. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, get a basal body temp.  You can get one at Target or a drug store for $10.  Vaginal is the most accurate but many people get a clear temp shift using oral so it’s up to you.  YOu just take it once, as soon as you wake up (and at the same time each day).  Don’t keep taking your temp after that.  You only do it once per day, right at your normal wakeup time. You need a basal body temp because they’re meant to be super accurate between 96-99 degrees ish.  Most of them will give you 1/100 place and fever temps only do 1/10th

Forehead/ear thermometers are pretty inaccurate compared to the rectal/oral/vaginal method.  Save the forehead one for your kid.  They’re just nice so you can get a real quick gauge of where their fever is at for a toddler that won’t sit still. I’ve taken it on my Dear Daughter 4 times in a row and will get 4 different temps but at least I get an idea of where the fever is.  I mean, she isn’t holding a thermometer in her mouth.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ok i see so it is normal to get variations between different parts of the body. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

yea its normal anyway stick to the bbt! Even vaginal and oral temps are different but you only do one no need for both. I did oral and got all my data.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Kacie209:  Yes, it’d be def great for a baby/child! And I did forget to mention temp must be taken after 3 consecutive hours of sleep 🙂 Good thing temping is only useful while TTC and not during pregnancy – I can’t remember the last time I’ve slept 3 consecutive hours without needing to get up to go to the bathroom, pretty sure it was before I got preggo though! 😉

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just wanted to jump in a say I don’t trust those temporal thermometers at all. We use them at work (a hospital), and they’ve always been terrible in accurately reading temps. One time I was sure I had a fever, and the nurse did it a few times, each time saying it was 97 degrees. Subsequently used two oral thermometers and my fever was 105. We’ve had the same issues with patients who insist they have fevers. The temporal always shows about 98/99. But when oral thermometers are given the fevers are in the 104 range.

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