Did you know that there are now wearable basal body temperature thermometers?
A few such as iFertracker, Ava, and Tempdrop are now on the market. In this blog, I will review the Tempdrop device.
Tempdrop is a wearable basal body temperature thermometer that came onto the market in 2017.
Rather than setting an alarm, women can simply put this thermometer on before bed. You wear it around your upper arm (and it may be worn in a bra as well). It needs 3 hours of sleep to determine your basal body temperature. The device uses an algorithm to find your true temperature, regardless of how many times you have gotten up or whether you had restless sleep this night. This device is very popular with shift workers, breastfeeding mothers, and other women who don’t get a regular amount of sleep and wake up at different times. It holds 24 hours of data, and it must be synced at least every 24 hours or you will lose previous data.
After wearing it for thirty days, the algorithm kicks in. So, you cannot trust the device for determining when to have unprotected sex for the first 30 days.
(If possible you should back up temp with oral basal body temperature for the first 60 days if you are avoiding pregnancy. If not, use a different method of protection).
During days 31-60, the device continues to learn your patterns. By day 60, the device will only change and make improvements to the last 3 temperatures taken.
- Helps Women Practice STM: If you are not able to take your temperature with a normal basal body thermometer due to breastfeeding, shift work, or other irregular sleep schedules, this device will help you practice any sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness or natural family planning.
- Great Customer Service: I have had to interact with Tempdrop Customer Service several times. They are fairly prompt with responses, and they do try their best to troubleshoot with you. While there was an issue with the Tempdrop frame breaking, they fixed this issue for free.
- No Alarm Needed: Hate your alarm? You won’t need to set it to take your temperature if you wear Tempdrop.
- Helpful Facebook Group: You may join the Tempdrop Facebook group for support and charting help.
- Price: Tempdrop Basic Package is $149 (12 month warranty). Tempdrop Confidence Package is $189 (12 month refund guarantee, 24 month warranty, Tempdrop Care available). Tempdrop Freedom Package is $249 (24 month warranty, Tempdrop Care, 12 month refund guarantee, extra armband and battery). While this price could be worth it for you if it’s the only way you can take your temperature, it may not be affordable to everyone. This price is still a little high, especially if you are making minimum wage or have other expenses like childcare. The referral codes only work with the higher price packages. If you have kids or animals, you may want to get a better package if you believe your device may be damaged easily.
- Battery: The device does not tell you when the battery is dying. However, you can contact support to find out. They now recommend changing the battery at 8 months.
- Frame Breaking: Many people (myself included) have had the frame break easily. However, the company promises that they are trying to fix this issue and a newer frame with different plastic will be issued with devices bought this year.
- Changing Temps: If you are the anxious type, you may not like the last 3 temps changing. While this is due to the way the device functions, some people may find it unsettling. Second, many people who chart expect that they will see a drop in their temperature before they get their period or the day of. I personally never got the drop to indicate my period was coming until Tempdrop retroactively adjusted my last temperature. With oral basal body temperature, changing temps is not a problem.
- Only Syncs With Ovuview** For now, Tempdrop only syncs with Ovuview which can only be downloaded on Android. If you don’t have an Android, you have to type the temperatures in yourself and make sure to remember to update them. However, supposedly Tempdrop will sync with new apps sometime soon!
My own experience:
I am one of the people who has had to contact support many times about the product. For some reason, they did not think to tell me to update the battery even when I had owned the device for longer than 8 months and began experiencing weird temperatures. I don’t hold that too much against them, as I know they have a lot of customers writing in and could have missed this detail for me.
I have used the device for almost 12 months. I found my oral temps to be more predictable and more steady. I get very steady “robo” or repeating temperatures with oral charts most of the time. However, I am not a shift worker, so I will admit that I do not need Tempdrop like some people may do. I already have to wake up at the same time 5 days a week, and I don’t find it inconvenient to take my temperature on the weekend. Even if I take my temperature later, my oral temperatures are incredibly steady. My oral temperatures also caught my shift earlier than Tempdrop did on two separate occasions (I have seen other people say that Tempdrop catches their shift sooner than oral temperatures, so this is really an individual thing).
Funnily, alcohol appears to effect my Tempdrop temperatures MORE than my oral temperatures. I speculate that this is because whenever I would put the Tempdrop on, I was still recently drinking and hotter due to the alcohol. In contrast, I would be sleeping for 8-9 hours and have worn off the alcohol before taking my oral temperature.
Here is one full cycle comparison:
Oral Temperatures (Kindara)
Tempdrop temperatures will either read higher or lower than your oral temperatures. In my case, they read much higher.
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