THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK:
PEE STICKS & THERMOMETER!
So, you’ve decided it is time to have a baby. Or at least it’s time to try to have a baby. CONGRATULATIONS!! Now we are in the same boat. Welcome to my boat!
I knew that I would want to chart my basal body temperature prior to (and during) trying to conceive, so I needed an accurate thermometer. I also knew that ovulation kits would be helpful, but expensive, so I wanted to find a cheap way to be able to check for my LH surge whenever I dang well pleased. I did a lot of looking around, and in my opinion, these are the cheapest tools for charting BBT (basal body temperature) and keeping track of your ovulation.
I already had your usual, run-of-the-mill Vicks thermometer, but I decided to order one that read to two decimal places for more accurate results. It turns out that (at least on Amazon, which is the only place I shop if can help it) pickings are slim for thermometers that read to two decimal places. I wound up ordering the Easy Home Digital Oral Basal Thermometer.
It seems like people had very mixed opinions about this thermometer. Apparently it is sort of hit or miss with quality. But mine was fine! It didn’t come damaged or anything, and all of its functions worked well. The ONLY thing I do not like about this is that you have to turn it off. I’ve had mine for about a month and its battery has already died, because I always forget to turn it off. When you’re half-asleep, maybe even 90% asleep, and taking your temperature at 5:30 AM, having to remember to turn it off is super annoying. An auto-off feature would be AMAZING. It also takes 2 minutes, which feels like an eternity when you’ve got a piece of plastic under your tongue, to get a reading – so that isn’t ideal.
I do, however, love that it stores a month’s worth of readings. It doesn’t need to, because I input all of my numbers into an app, but it is nice to be able to scroll through all my temperatures really quickly on the thermometer itself. It also has an alarm clock feature, but I’ve yet to mess with that, because…phones.
Right now the Easy Home Digital Oral Basal Thermometer is selling for $16.75 right now, but as with all Amazon.com products its price fluctuates fairly often. I think I paid closer to $20 for mine.
Now, for ovulation tests. Even on Amazon, the fancy ovulation tests that Clearblue makes cost between $35 and $50 for 20 tests, depending on which version you order. I’m not about spending that much on something to pee on. LUCKILY, Easy Home, the same company that makes the thermometer above, also make ovulation test and pregnancy strips. They even sell them in a handy dandy bundle of 50 ovulation test strips with 20 pregnancy test strips. How perfect is that?!
These test strips work just as well as the fancy Clearblue tests, but cost less than $0.40 per strip instead of $1.75 per test. There is the added cost of needing something to pee in, with these tests. I suppose you could dip in the toilet, but that seems like a bad idea. I ordered 100 Non-Sterile Medicine Cups (from Amazon, obviously) for $3, but the cost seems to have gone up to $5. Even still, that only brings the Easy Home test strips up to around $0.55 per test – still a lot cheaper than the other alternative.
So, my morning routine is: alarm goes off, grab thermometer, turn on thermometer, thermometer goes in mouth, thermometer beeps, take thermometer out of mouth, check temperature, and then for the LOVE OF GOD – TURN IT OFF!! Then, I get up to go pee: lower underwear, sit on toilet, start to pee, pee in cup a little, set pee cup on TP on counter, finish peeing, wipe (some of this is hopefully self-explanatory, but I wanted to be thorough), open ovulation test strip packet, dip strip in pee, set pee strip on the top of the pee cup, wait a while (I usually use this time to check out my cervical fluid/mucus and see what the status is with that) and then read results! Toss pee into toilet, flush, toss medicine cup in trash, wash hands. DONE! The whole process takes about…7 minutes – TOPS. It is a very small price to pay for knowing what is going on with your body.
And I have to say, I am in LOVE with knowing what is going on with my body. I’m pissed I never knew this stuff before, honestly. But, better late than never I suppose.
So, are you guys charting your basal body temperature? What thermometer are you using? Are you using ovulation tests? If so, are you using them in addition to charting or in place of charting? Do you think these are the cheapest tools for charting BBT, or have you found cheaper? I’d love to hear from you guys about this, so scroll on down and leave a comment with your thoughts!!
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