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Temping- Require a special thermometer?

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Old 12-11-2005, 07:58 PM   #1
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Question Temping- Require a special thermometer?

Does temping require a special basal thermometer, or can you use a regular digital thermometer? I have a digital that is pretty precise and I hate to go out and buy a special one. Any insights?

I've been using the OPK and got positives both times I used them, so I figured I didn't need to chart, but if it doesn't happen this time around, I think I'm going to start-- just to see how long my typical luteal phase lasts.

Any ideas?

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Old 12-11-2005, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: Temping- Require a special thermometer?

It is best to use a special basal body temperature thermometer, because these thermometers are much more accurate (like to the .05 or .01 degree) than regular digital thermometers (which are typically only accurate to the .2 degree)--read the label before you buy if possible to check the accuracy. Does that make sense? In other words you can trust your readings better from a basal body thermometer, and you won't be wasting your time! I have heard some people have used a regular thermometer and haven't had problems, but according to most books and professionals you ask, it's better to use the special thermometer. I personally have tried 3 thermometers and there really is a difference!

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