Wednesday, May 15, 2013

iBasal Digital Thermometer Review from FairHaven Health

Thanks Fairhaven Health for the review item to help with this post

Our mission at Fairhaven Health is to develop products designed to safely and naturally promote fertility, pregnancy wellness, and breastfeeding success. And for years now, we've been achieving that important goal. From preconception through pregnancy and nursing, Fairhaven Health is there -every step of the way - to provide clinically-proven products to help you along your journey to parenthood. As a trusted leader in the field of reproductive health, our products are cooperatively developed and formulated by a diverse panel of medical experts - including doctors, ObGyns, nutritionists, and naturopaths.


Now that I'm 10 weeks pregnant (May 15), I want to share with you a great product from Fairhaven Health called iBasal Digital Thermometer

When this blog was pitched to review the iBasal Digital Thermometer, I immediately thought "Well I don't need this!" I showed the link to a Facebook friend because I thought it was really cool and she pointed out I could use it for Natural Family Planning. 

Besides one period at 6 weeks postpartum with Macyn, I didn't see one again until she self weaned from breastfeeding. January 2013 meant the need to be careful and watch what my husband and I did since he no longer wanted more children. The iBasal Thermometer was a great solution for us because I didn't want to effect my body with birth control, and I could let my body work naturally, doing what its supposed to do, all while watching my base temperature and learning how to detect and avoid ovulation. 

When you take your temperature you have to do it at or around the same time every day. This ensures an accurate reading. You also want to take your temperature before getting out of bed. When the first thing you do in the morning is temp, you're getting a TRUE reading of your body's base temperature after sleeping all night. 

While I was waiting for the thermometer to come in the mail, I told my husband about it and explained what the point of it was. With him not wanting more children, I figured he'd love the idea until we could get a more... permanent solution to prevent future babies. TO MY SHOCK, as I was telling him all about it, he threw his head back on the couch, looked up at the ceiling, and then said.... I'm ok with another baby. WHOH! Totally caught me off guard! We decided then and there we'd try immediately to get pregnant vs waiting until the Fall like I had suggested.  



The thermometer happened to come in the middle of my cycle, so my friend suggested that I start temping anyway so I can get used to doing it every morning and how it all works, and I thought this was a great idea and took my first temp on March 19. After two days of really low temps (in the 97's) my friend suggested switching from oral temping to vaginal temping. Now I know this sounds odd, but it really makes sense. If you sleep with your mouth open at night or talk at all before taking your temperature, it can become inaccurate. Taking your temperature vaginally ensures a more accurate reading. 


I changed to vaginal temping the morning of March 21 and also noticed a HUGE (almost a whole degree higher) spike in my temps. At first I thought nothing of this and then after a few days (as well as showing my chart to my friend) we both realized I ovulated the night of March 20!! 

From the time you ovulate, to the time you get your period (or become pregnant) your temperature stays higher than normal. After you temp for a couple months you'll get cover lines and such to help you figure out your normal temp and eventually predicting when you might ovulate and even when you should test, but that's with at least two months so the thermometer and the programs (like Fertility Friend) can get used to your body. 

Below is my friend's chart to show you how it'll look after a while with cover lines and suggesting testing dates. 


My expected period was about April 1 so that wait to find out if you're pregnant or not was a little more fun with temping. Some women buy a lot of tests and start early trying to pull that positive, but with temping it can also help you determine pregnancy. Why you ask? Because around 10+ days post ovulation, you can detect a second spike in temperature. This is a sign that pregnancy has occurred and that you're indeed with child! This happened to me the morning of March 30 when I was exactly 10 days post ovulation. 


When I saw such a spike I immediately questioned taking a pregnancy test! I wasn't feeling too good (sore throat) so I thought my temp spike could've been me being sick, but the urge took over me so I quietly got up while my family slept, and took a test! Then another.... and....



Our sweet baby is expected to arrive December 11, 2013 and we couldn't be happier. While we never expected to get a positive test just a few weeks after deciding to try for another, I truly think that the iBasal Thermometer works! I plan to use this thermometer after the baby is born as well, and I'm glad I have it for the future! 

You can purchase this thermometer on the Fairhaven Health website for $60. I also need to mention that it stores information as well like the online chart. You can input periods, times you have sex, and other things to help you conceive or avoid pregnancy. 

They also offer a free online chart like I used at OvaGraph.com








3 comments:

MotherhoodLooms said...

A good thermometer is crucial for doing NFP/FAM! Congratulations. :)

Maegan L said...

Thanks for the info. I used FAM right from the start when my husband and I got married. It worked great to prevent pregnancy and worked great to conceive. This thermometer looks like it would work really well.

Tracey @ www.dontmesswithmama.com said...

Wow, this is fantastic. I love that it can be used for planning a pregnancy or not.