Basal Digital Thermometer
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I've been reading the complaints that people have and a lot of them aren't valid or easily solved. Here they are:
PROBLEM 1: This thermometer can't be used as a basal thermometer or to track fertility because it doesn't record to the 1/100th (like 97.39) of a degree.
Answer: FALSE!! Tony Weschler, states in her latest edition "Taking charge of your fertility", a groundbreaking book on the subject of the Fertility Awareness method (and in turn NFP)--just look at the reviews on it here on amazon, on page 76 "Also, it is imperative that it be accurate to within 1/10th degree F. (for example, 97.4), BUT DO NOT USE THOSE THAT MEASURE TO WITHIN 1/100TH of a degree (for example, 97.47) since the latter are unnecessary and confusing." (emphasis added)
PROBLEM 2: The beeps are WAY too loud. They annoy me and wake up my spouse.
Answer: I personally don't find them to be too loud and neither does my husband, but if you do, on the back of the thermometer there is a small hole for the sound. When you're taking your temperature. Simply take your thumb and lay it straight down the back side of the thermometer while it is in your mouth, so that the hole is covered up.Read more ›
BACKLIGHT! From what I've read and researched this is the ONLY backlit BBT (which seems like such a 'duh' thing but it's not standard)
Only 10th of a degree to mess with- no worries to the 100th
Accurrate! I've tested it against 2 others and it is completely right on
Beeps to let you know it's working
Beep is rather loud- if you're a co-sleeper or not wanting to wake the hubby this make be a bothersome point... if you're temping half-asleep though it's a complete asset
All in all I'd recommend it over any other. I've tried 5 total and this one stands in a league of it's own.
I bought this Basal thermometer with the idea that I would chart my cycle, learn about my own body, and eventually use that knowledge to conceive with my partner. The thermometer was not too expensive and the reviews were largely good, so I made my purchase and downloaded my free Basal charts from the Internet and went my merry way. Several weeks later, I have to say that I wish I'd bought a "regular" thermometer at the drug store.
Here is what this thermometer is purported to do: You wake in the morning, and with as little movement as possible (no getting up to use the bathroom, no fumbling for lights, no turning off the alarm clock) you grab the thermometer and go to work. This brand advertises that the thermometer won't start beeping until it is 'correctly positioned' in your mouth (this much seems to be true) and will then beep intermittently for several minutes before punctuating a string of beeps to announce that it is finished. This model is supposedly superior to other brands on the market because it is backlit and has a memory recall function - we'll get to that in a moment.
On accuracy, this thermometer seems to be correct - at least, it always agreed with the "regular" thermometer we keep in the house. (The "regular" thermometer costs less than this Basal one and has a comfortable, flexible tip as opposed to the rigid plastic on this one.) The temperature reading only goes to one decimal, which was fine for my downloaded chart, but some Basal charts require two decimal accuracy.
As far as reliability, the thermometer works sometimes and other times it will not. The beeping just...stops after awhile, without the final readout and without the punctuated string of beeps.Read more ›
The Good: It beeps every 4 seconds so long as you have it in the right spot in your mouth. If the consistent beeping stops, you've opened your mouth or moved it so you know you need to turn it off and start over. I like this feature at 6AM when I'm half asleep and have the tendency to fall asleep and move the thermometer. The beeps don't bother my husband, but he is a hard sleeper. It also has an amazingly quick read-out time. It takes under a minute if you have it in the right spot.
The Bad: The accuracy is poor. It only has a readout to 1 decimal place (most basal thermometers have 2). It has also been giving me wildly erratic readings. I've been charting for years so I'm pretty diligent about doing it first thing in the morning, at the same time, without moving. There's nothing that should be causing such erratic temperatures, especially when the beeps are indicating that I'm holding it correctly. I don't know if I just got a defective one or what.
Summary: If it's not accurate, it's worthless, so I'm going back to my old SLOW thermometer :-( I was so excited about this too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This quit working after six months of use, which I thought was a pretty short time. I would also appreciate it if they made basal thermometers that don't beep the entire time it's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Quandil
I have been using this thermometer for over a year now and am very pleased. It's long lasting and pretty accurate.Published 13 months ago by Blanca L Garcia
I've used this almost daily for 6 years now with very little trouble. I've only had a few issues with missed beeps or it not starting to beep properly. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Stephens
I used this along with Fertile Focus Ovulation Microscope and ovulation strips purchased here on amazon. I tried for 6 months naturally before "calling in the troops". Read morePublished 17 months ago by layla teresa