Charting Resources

Looking for more resources to help you chart your cycles or interpret what your chart is telling you? Look no further!

Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner

I’m no longer taking on new clients, but the Institute for Functional Medicine trains practitioners worldwide. Click here to go to their “Find a Practitioner” page and search your local area for a practitioner trained in many of the methods I use with my clients. (I recommend looking for someone who lists fertility or women’s medicine as one of their specialities.)

Watch my Ovulation 101 Workshop

Want even more info on your hormonal cycles and different ways to predict ovulation? Check out my Ovulation 101 Workshop on Youtube by clicking here.

Where to Buy Supplements

There are four foundational supplements I recommend for all women trying to conceive:

A high quality, food-based prenatal vitamin. The one I recommend to my clients is Baby and Me Multivitamin and is made by a company called Innate Response. It’s available on Amazon.

Extra folate (not folic acid), B6, and B12. Folic acid can actually interfere with fertility in women with certain gene patterns, so I always recommend Homocysteine Response made by Innate Response since it contains a food-based form of folate that is easily absorbed and processed by all women, regardless of their genetic status. Find it on Amazon.

Liquid fish oil – 1 tsp/day. Omega 3’s are crucial to many hormonal processes and it can be difficult to get the right dosage when taking pills. I like one made by Carlson Labs because it tastes good and is purity tested to ensure it doesn’t contain any nasty contaminants that can interfere with fertility. Get it from Amazon.

Vitamin D3 – 2000iu/day. Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin in the body and it’s estimated that over 75% of the population may be deficient. My favorite is one made by a company called Protocol. It’s available through Amazon.

Basal Body Temperature Thermometers

The one piece of equipment you need to get started charting is a BBT thermometer. While you can use a regular fever thermometer, the BBT versions are much more accurate and usually measure to 1/100 of a degree—important when we’re looking for variations as small as a couple of tenths of a degree. They vary really widely in price and features, depending on how fancy you want to get.

There are a few things to consider when selecting a BBT thermometer:

How long does it take to get a reading? Some thermometers take up to two minutes to get an accurate reading which can seem like an eternity first thing in the morning. If speed is important to you, it may be worth spending a little more to find a model with a quicker readout.

Does it beep? How loudly? Many women set an alarm before their normal wake-up time to temp in the morning. If you’re afraid you’re going to fall back to sleep while waiting for a slower readout a loud beep might be a good thing. On the other hand, if you’re afraid of disturbing your partner, you may want a model with a quieter beep, or the option to turn the sound off entirely.

Does it save the last reading? This can be helpful if you get up to pee or fall back to sleep before recording your temperature and don’t have a photographic memory first thing in the morning.

Is the display backlit? If you’re temping first thing in the morning and want to avoid turning on a light a backlit display can be very convenient.

Beware of star review ratings on Amazon. Many manufacturers have started giving out mass amounts of free products to people in exchange for “honest, unbiased” reviews. Not surprisingly, many of these “honest” reviews end up being five stars. While it used to be possible to get a good idea of the quality of a product by looking at star reviews on Amazon, that’s not really the case anymore, especially for inexpensive products. If you’re looking for honest feedback, I recommend digging a little deeper and taking the reviews that state they were given free or discounted products with a large grain of salt.

Listed below are a few of the most popular options available:

Fairhaven Health Digital Basal Thermometer
Price: $6.99 – Buy it on Amazon or from Fairhaven Health.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F. Certified accurate to +/- 0.1 F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Fahrenheit only.
Time for reading – About two minutes according to reviewers.
Backlit display – No.
Beeps – Yes, one quite beep.
Saves last reading – Yes, but only displays it very briefly the next time you turn the thermometer on.
Other special features – None.

MABIS Digital Basal Thermometer
Price: $7.50 – Buy it on Amazon.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F. Some reviewers have said the readings do not seem accurate when compared to other thermometers.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Fahrenheit only.
Time for reading – 60 seconds according to manufacturer, more like two minutes according to reviewers.
Backlit display – No.
Beeps – Yes, quietly according to reviews.
Saves last reading – Yes, but only displays it very briefly the next time you turn the thermometer on.
Other special features – None.

Easy@Home Digital Oral Basal Thermometer
Price: $14.75 – Buy it on Amazon.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F. Certified accurate to +/- 0.05 C / 0.09 F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Both.
Time for reading – Two minutes according to manufacturer, but longer according to some reviews. Also prone to turning itself off while temping according to some reviews.
Backlit display – Yes, large backlit display for easy reading in the dark.
Beeps – Yes, 3 quiet beep when completed. Fever alarm beeps 10 times to alert you of a high temperature reading.
Saves last reading – Yes, records last 60 temps.
Other special features – Ability to set date and time for recorded temps, alarm clock mode.

Generation Guard Clinical Basal Thermometer
Price: $18.90 – Buy it on Amazon.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Both.
Time for reading – About two minutes according to reviews, but some have mentioned that the reading will continue to change after it beeps to tell you that the reading is completed.
Backlit display – No.
Beeps – Yes, one quiet beep.
Saves last reading – Yes, but may be unreliable according to some reviews.
Other special features – None.

BestMed Advanced Smart Phone Compatible Basal Thermometer
Price: $34.99 – Buy it on Amazon.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Both.
Time for reading – Reviewers say about 15 seconds.
Backlit display – Yes.
Beeps – Yes, and phone app says temperature when reading is complete.
Saves last reading – Yes, saves last 40 readings.
Other special features – Automatically transfers data to most iOS and Android devices, alarm clock mode.

Fairhaven Health iBasal Digital Thermometer
Price: $59.95 – Buy it on Amazon or from Fairhaven Health.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Fahrenheit only.
Time for reading – Allows you to record your temperature after one or five minutes.
Backlit display – No.
Beeps – Yes.
Saves last reading – Saves last 10 readings and displays them as a graph.
Other special features – Predicts ovulation and menstruation, shows chart of last 10 readings, allows you to add notes to your readings, alarm clock mode, ability to download info to computer. Some users have complained that it has too many unnecessary features which makes it too confusing to use.

Fairhaven Health TempCue BBT Kit
Price: $79.95 – Buy it on Amazon or from Fairhaven Health.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F. Certified accurate to +/- 0.05 C / 0.09 F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Readings are taken in Fahrenheit, but can be converted to Celsius with the OvaGraph app.
Time for reading – As little as 20 seconds according to the manufacturer, but can take up to one minute.
Backlit display – Yes.
Beeps – No, message pops up on app when temperature reading is complete.
Saves last reading – Saves readings in OvaGraph app.
Other special features – Automatically synchs with OvaGraph app on iOS and Samsung Galaxy devices, charged through your phone.

Shecare Smart Fertility Monitor for iOS
Price: $79.99 – Buy it on Amazon.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Both.
Time for reading – 60 seconds according to manufacturer.
Backlit display – Yes.
Beeps – Yes.
Saves last reading – Yes.
Other special features – Connects to free iOS app via bluetooth to track temps.

Kindara Wink
Price: $129 – Buy it from Kindara.
Accuracy – Measures to 1/100th of a degree F. Certified accurate to +/- 0.05 C / 0.09 F.
Fahrenheit / Celsius – Both.
Time for reading – 20 seconds according to manufacturer.
Backlit display – Yes.
Beeps – No, gently vibrates to alert you that your reading is complete.
Saves last reading – Saves readings in Kindara app and device stores up to 30 readings.
Other special features – Automatically syncs with the Kindara app through bluetooth on iOS and Android devices, rechargeable via micro-USB cable (needs to be charged once a month on average).

Disclaimer

The information provided on this site is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. While I always advise taking an active role in your own health care, the information on this site is not intended as medical advice. Please talk to your health care provider before making any changes to your diet or supplement regimen to ensure they are appropriate for you and your specific health goals.