My favourite Basal Body Temperature thermometers
So you are ready to start charting but as you tell your fertility savvy friend that you’ll just use the thermometer in your medicine cabinet, she looks at you with horror. Of cooourse you should not be using that old thing, you need a “BBT” thermometer. You laugh, hide your confusion, and say “I was just kidding silly”. As soon as she hits the bathroom you grab your phone and search “BBT thermometer” and you find this post.. I’m with you girl! You’ll know what to get before she’s back!
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What is a BBT thermometer?
Ok, just quickly. BBT stands for Basal Body Temperature. If a thermometer is a BBT thermometer, it just means that it is more sensitive than regular thermometers because you want to be able to pick up on the subtle temperature changes throughout your cycle. A BBT thermometer will measure to a two decimal point (eg 98.00° F or 37.00° C ). Good, so now you can throw that term around like your friend and you are up to speed when she returns!
What thermometer to get? Well, it needs to check two boxes as far as I’m concerned when you start with charting:
1. It needs to have 2 decimal places (Fahrenheit or Celcius)
2. It needs to be CHEAP. That way you’ll likely not over-think the purchase and get started charting as soon as possible.
If you have already tried the cheap type or want to spend more time to choosing a BBT thermometer, you can consider what most of my patients and myself have found to be practical:
- The option to choose between Fahrenheit or Celcius
- A thermometer that remembers more than 1 reading
- A back light for if you want to record the temperature in the early dark
- A thermometer that syncs automatically with your phone
- A thermometer that buzzes instead of beeps when it’s ready so it doesn’t wake hubby or co-sleeping babies
Now that you know what options to consider, you can have a look at the following thermometers out there.
This is probably my new favorite! You wear the sensor in an armband on your upper arm and it tracks your temperature overnight. After a while it learns about your personal pattern and changes temperatures in hindsight if they seemed off.
- No need to set an alarm to take your temperature
- It syncs with your phone via bluetooth
- Temperatures look a lot more stable because you are getting an average per night
- You can use every app you like as Tempdrop has a syncing app but not a charting app
- The team is really helpful, they have great customer service. For example, I was sent a new (upgraded) frame when my previous one snapped.
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Yes!! Finally my new frame for my tempdrop arrived. Thanks so much Melony @tempdrop! This frame is definitely an upgrade, more flexible and less likely to break I think. Thank you for sending it out a THIRD time to make sure I got it. So pleased I'm able to use it again, the easiest and most comfortable tracker for me right now while still waking at night and nursing. # fertilitytracker # charting # ovulation # fertilewindow
- Some women may find it uncomfortable to wear it at night
- It needs a battery (lasts 6-9 months though)
- Temperatures are a little less accurate than core body temperature devices.
2. El Cheapo
This type does not really have a name because it is off-brand. I have found these online in every country and funnily enough these all tend to be white and baby pink. It tends to retail for a maximum of $8 / €10 / £6. Often it is part of charting kits that include LH strips (ovulation peak tests) and pregnancy tests as well.
- As said, it’s cheap! I would recommend everyone to start out with this first.
- Usually has the option to choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius but otherwise make sure to pick the right one.
- No back light
- Beeps loudly (which is practical if you temp vaginally though!).
- You have to remember to record the temperature soon after getting up because usually these thermometers don’t have a memory setting beyond 1 reading.
The company itself does not have a page on this product but if you search online you will quickly find it. I have not tried it myself but know many of my patients & followers love this one.
- Has a back light that also switches off automatically
- Can store up to 60 readings
- It’s not crazy expensive: around $25 or £18
- Has a built in alarm
- Not available in the rest of Europe
This is such an interesting one. The market is moving more and more towards core body sensors that measure your temperature several times at night to give you an average reading in the morning. Research shows that these are the most accurate sensors out there!
Check out my review video on OvuSense below, or head on over to the review article.
- You don’t have to wake up (early) to take your temperature. Also no more accidentally getting up before you take your temperature.
- It can tell you IN CYCLE that you are about to ovulate! The only sensor that I know of that can do this.
- It’s really well researched.
- You get an average of a temperature per night so for most women that means bye bye erratic temperatures that are impossible to interpret!
If you’d like to purchase your own OvuSense, I have two discount codes for you:
- FLEUR20 – 20% off OvuSense standard
- FLEURPRO – 30% off of OvuSense Pro
through the end of the 2020 (after this, it will be 20%
- It comes at a price. Starting at £99 with on top of that a membership fee for the use of the app.
- Being a vaginal sensor, it isn’t for everyone.
- The app doesn’t use any LH test or cervical mucus/position information to determine your fertility.
Ok, so being a bit of a thermometer hoarder as a #fertilityhomeopath that tests everything out for her patients… I splurged on this one and I have to admit it has been my absolute favorite for years.
I also did a comparison between Wink & Femometer.
Personally, I purchased Wink long before it was available so I could get it for a reasonable price. Although it still was a lot of money, for someone that temps every day month after month it was worth it. Wink was developed by the people of the Kindara and it syncs with that fertility tracking app over Bluetooth. Kindara is however also soon launching Priya sensor, which is a vaginal sensor. More on that later hopefully!
- Syncs automatically with your phone (Watch: syncing my Wink)
- Shows the numbers in LED lights which you can read in the dark
- It stores up to 30 readings
- Buzzes gently instead of beeping
- If you use it with the Kindara app, Kindara has the option for an alarm
- Not cheap at all: $129 excluding shipping
- Although it stores up to 30 readings, I would not wait that long to sync with my phone as I have had to reset Wink several times to resync with my older phone (Samsung S5) and lost several days of data every time. I have not had any problems since having a newer phone (Samsung S7). Also, on Wink itself you can only see the last recorded temperature.
Scroll down for the video in which I compare Wink to Femometer or read the correlated blogpost!
I love the name of this thermometer, a thermometer for the female: Femometer.
Their video – which is very entertaining by the way – explains really well how it works.
- Syncs with phone via bluetooth
- It’s cheaper than Wink: $49 including shipping!
- This one doesn’t really count but hey I’ll mention it anyway: it comes in 4 super cute colors (whatever helps you remember to temp right?)
- The app is so fun and extensive
- Syncing happens quickly with the app
- The readings of the thermometer were not usually the same as on my boring thermometer or on my Wink, so I find it hard to trust.
- It needs a battery
- Predicting fertility was not accurate at all. Even after several cycles for me it either pinpointed ovulation too early or too late.
- It has no display
- It needs GPS on to download temperatures to your phone
You can also watch this video in which I am comparing Femometer with Kindara Wink.
This is not technically a thermometer but a watch that measures several things including temperature to confirm ovulation. I have not used it myself yet but can say the following about it.
- No need to set an alarm to take your temperature, woohoo!
- It syncs with your phone via bluetooth
- It measures more things than just your temperature, and the company claims that their algorithm helps you identify an average of 5.3 fertile days per cycle at 89% accuracy. A clinical study was even done.
- It costs a lot of money: €249 excluding shipping
- Some women may find it uncomfortable to wear a watch at night
- I could not find it on the website, but I assume that since the other parameters that are used to predict your fertile window are individual to every woman, it may take a few cycles for the watch to learn to predict accurately.