How to choose the right thermometer to chart BBT ?

metodo sintotermicoBasal Body Temperature (BBT) should be taken with a right thermometer: temperature curves cannot precisely be read if taken with the wrong thermometer. Choosing the right tool for you is the first step.

You can find a thermometer to start charting at the beginning of the “Hands on charting” course or when starting private fertility awareness consultations.

There is no need for a fancy and expensive tool: you can find good ones in a range of 10 to 20€ (and my guess is that the price range should be the same in USD). However if you have an advanced thermometer/computerised tool that you previously used to chart, you can continue with it.

The most recommended is analogical : a glass thermometer (the old ones with mercury, the new ones with gallistan). Some thermometers have a specific large graduation between 35 and 39°C to check BBT.

Otherwise you can choose a digital thermometer with two decimals. This option can be best if you tend to break things (after 6 broken glass thermometers I decided for a digital plastic one!), but you should be careful about low battery: it can disturb good BBT readings.

If you can’t find any of these 2 thermometers in your country, and if you are charting for fertility support, you can choose instead a good quality 1-decimal thermometer. If you are charting to avoid pregnancy, it is not sufficient.