Before You Buy a Basal Body Temperature Thermometer

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If you have been trying to conceive, you have probably already learned how important it is to track your ovulation cycle. There is only a limited amount of time each month in which you can become pregnant and therefore it is important that you understand when you should have intercourse in order to increase your chances of becoming pregnant for the month.

There are many tools available that can help you track that cycle, one of which is a basal thermometer. Many women have used these in the past and found that they are extremely helpful when trying to track their ovulation cycle. However, there are also other items that you can choose from, like ovulation predictor kits, so, in order to determine if this is the right method for you, you need to learn more about them first.

1. What is the Basal Body Temperature

Measuring your basal body temperature works the same as taking your regular temperature as if checking for a fever. However, this is the measurement of your regular temperature when you wake in the morning. As the hormones are created in your body that help produce ovulation, your temperature rises; but, this temperature change is extremely minimal and it takes an ultra-sensitive basal thermometer in order to capture it properly.

Measuring your basal body temperature works the same as taking your regular temperature as if checking for a fever

These thermometers are very sensitive and can track the very small changes of the basal temperature. Taking your basal temperature is very simple and you will be able to find the exact point in which you ovulate each month. This will help you to determine the best time to have intercourse so that you have the best chances of becoming pregnant that month.

2. When should I take my basal temperature?

It is important that you track your temperature carefully because even minor changes in your routine can affect the results that you see. You will need to take your temperature in the morning as soon as you wake up. It is also important that you avoid moving as much as you can, so you will probably want to have the thermometer and your calendar close to your bedside.

take your temperature in the morning

You should not drink water or use the bathroom before taking your temperature either, and you should make sure that you take your basal temperature at the same time each morning. Variations from these instructions could result in inaccurate results and you may not be able to determine if you have ovulated or not.

3. How much does my temperature change?

Most women have an average basal body temperature between 96 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit. However, when ovulation occurs, this temperature drops slightly and then raises about half of a degree.

Not only does this minimal rise in temperature produce the progesterone hormone, but it also helps produce an environment that is more ready for conception. Basal thermometers are perfect for measuring these slight changes in temperature and help produce a method for tracking ovulation that is more cost effective and does not require a lot of technology.

Most women have an average basal body temperature between 96 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit

4. Difference between Basal Thermometer and a Regular Thermometer

The main difference between a basal thermometer and a regular thermometer is the amount of sensitivity that you will see between the different types. A basal thermometer is used to chart the basal body temperature of a woman and helps them know when they are the most fertile.

The main difference between a basal thermometer and a regular thermometer is the amount of sensitivity that you will see between the different types

There are many different types of basal thermometers on the market, but the digital models are probably the easiest to use and offering the best accuracy due to easier readings. Some brands even include charts that you can use to track your cycle even easier.

Traditional thermometers measure temperatures to the tenth degree, but a basal thermometer takes it to the hundredth degree. This additional information helps provide more accurate measurement and is better when you are looking for the most subtle changes to your basal body temperature.

5. Digital Basal Thermometers

Digital thermometers are more reliable and accurate compared to a glass version. The easing reading offers accuracy, which is crucial when relying on this method. You will also be able to receive your results quickly; in about 30 to 60 seconds, whereas a glass thermometer may take around 5 minutes to give a reading. They are also more durable and it is difficult to damage them. Some even allow for results to be stored in the device so you do not have to chart them immediately.

Digital thermometers are more reliable and accurate compared to a glass version

6. Conclusion

The most important thing to remember when using a basal thermometer is that you must be consistent in testing. Whether you use a digital thermometer or a glass version, you will need to be diligent and test at the same time each morning. Failure to do so may result in inaccurate readings.

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.