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I went to 2 CVS's, Eckerd, and Wal-mart- none had a basal body thermometer. I got one of the vicks digital ones, and it is so off. one morning my temp was 97.4, the next morning it was 96.8, then when I re-took it a minute later, it was 96.0. It sucks! Help.
 

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The first thermometer I used was one of those "quick read" ones where it beeps after just seven seconds or so. I got really erradic readings that way... I mean, come on - my tongue hasn't even unchilled the cold metal of the thermometer tip within 7 seconds, how could the reading be accurate??<br><br>
Then I moved to a thermometer that read in 30 seconds and that gave me much more consistent temps. Both of these thermometers were for a local drugstore, by the way... just a cheapo fever themometer.<br><br>
Then I ordered a Basal Body Thermometer online from babyhopes. Now this one is really cool for the data nerd in me because it gives me readings to the 1/100th of a degree (not just 1/10th like fever thermometer). It was pretty cheap too.<br><br>
I have heard some women have bad luck with digtal thermometers and like to read with a glass one. Just be sure to shake it out the night before so you don't rise your temps shaking it in the morning. I don't think my bleary 6 am eyes could read a glass thermometer, but you may find the readings are more consistant.<br><br>
One last word of advice - "they say" don't chance thermometers mid-cycle... especially not during a cruical temping time like near ovulation. As you have expereinced, different thermometers are calibrated a different and switching may give your chart an unnatural drop or rise. (Of course, I have switched in the middle of a cycle and not noticed too much difference, but maybe I just lucked out).<br><br>
Phew! It looks like I really love talking about thermometers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Okay, I own 8 different thermometers now, so I have some experience with this. Thumbs down on Vicks! Also, thumbs down on the CVS brand basal body digital- not so accurate, and really, you don't need the .00 reading. A tenth of a degree is fine.<br><br>
My personal thermometer of choice is the BD Flexible Tip Rapid Read Digital. Once I started temping with that, my charts started making sense. I highly recommend it.<br><br>
Also, make sure that you have the thermometer positioned in the "heat pocket" under your tongue- all the way back, and just to the left or right of the center.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have this one and the Vicks one. The BD one is more accurate for me too. I also like the name of it cause it makes me think of the MDC abbreviation <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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