The Importance of a Good Basal Thermometer

I’ve been using the same, super-cheap CVS brand basal thermometer since I started temping back in July. I never saw a problem with it, except that I had super low temperatures basically all the time. That, and the thermometer seemed to play favorites – I’d only see the same temps over and over again, sometimes for days in a row. Since July, my temperature first thing in the morning has always been 96.8, 97.18, 97.2 or 97.33. An occasional 97.6 was a treat! I chalked this up to my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (eventually to be hypothyroid). It’s a symptom of that condition to have low body temps.

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I knew my temperature really should be a bit higher, and I noticed a slight increase since I started my current multivitamin about a month ago. But even then, my temps hovered between 97.0 and 97.33. So, I did some research and decided I needed to try a new thermometer.

I went with THIS basal thermometer from Amazon. Definitely recommend this purchase, because…

Color me surprised when I took my temperature this morning and was 97.7!! I’m NEVER that high, and I’m definitely not past ovulation, so I know that’s not it! Who knows how long my temperatures have been showing lower than they really were.

To anyone who’s not sure if your thermometer is doing an accurate reading – try this one!

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of a Good Basal Thermometer

  1. Izzy says:

    That’s the one I’ve got 🙂 I’ve actually got 2 of them because once I couldn’t find it (I swore it jumped off my bedside table and ran off) and freaked so now I’m prepared. Unfortunately, even these ones aren’t always accurate. I notice it helps if I wait a minute in the morning to make sure I wasn’t sleeping with my mouth open (that’ll make the temp lower obviously) and then I take my temp generally 5 times. I know it sounds ridiculous but once it tells me the same temp twice in a row I accept it. 🙂

  2. futuresoccermom says:

    Okay, Izzy – I’m so glad you told me this. After I wrote that post, I was so excited to have a thermometer that seemed to be working so much better – and then I got the exact same temp 3 days in a row. In fact, since I started with that new thermometer a few weeks ago, I’ve only had a couple different temps. I’m only doing it once in the morning – I think I’ll try your advice. So, question – for you to be taking it 5 times in the morning, are you finding that that’s how long it takes before you get the same temp twice in a row?

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