我经常遇到的一个问题是我应该用什么温度计？"I find this interesting because it's amazing how quickly a fairly strait forward aspect of charting your cycles can get so complicated when technology is involved.
对于像我这样热爱科学的书呆子来说，生育意识最令人兴奋的方面之一就是生育意识图表让我能够量化我的生育迹象。I can mark down how much or how little cervical mucus I see on what days,排卵后基础体温变化多少，然后，当我测量完之后，我可以把数据绘制在我的图表上，并且确切地看到我的周期中发生了什么。
As a Fertility Awareness Educator you can bet your gluten free cupcakes that your chart tells me way more about what's going on in your body and your cycles than what day you ovulated on.When I look at your charts I see patterns that give me a wealth of information about your thyroid health,your metabolism,and your hormone levels.It also gives me clues about potential gut issues,对食物的敏感性，illnesses,infections,营养不足，and the list goes on.Most women start using fertility awareness to conceive or as a natural method of birth control,但是，正如你所看到的，这仅仅触及了从图表中可以了解你的身体的表面。
With all of the incredibly complex personalized information you can get from your charts you must need a cutting edge,幻想，expensive thermometer to take your temperatures…right??
Well,我讨厌打破你的泡泡，but before fertility awareness was as big of a"thing"就像现在这样，在我们有手机之前，fancy apps,笔记本电脑，Excel spreadsheets,和蓝牙温度计，there were 3 things: your paper chart,a pen,还有温度计。That's all folks…and women were able to chart their cycles just fine.One of the things that I love the most about fertility awareness is that no matter what happens in life I'll still know what's going on in my cycles.龙卷风？暴雨？Snowstorm?僵尸启示录？没问题。我们仍然在生育意识方面做得很好。
So why don't you take a moment and say this with me,此时此地：
我不需要特殊“幻想，expensive thermometer to chart my cycles.
But that leaves us with an important question…
What kind of thermometer do I need??
你需要一个基本的体温计，测量到至少小数点后1位（即。97.6),虽然小数点后2位更好。97.67).Beyond that it comes down to preference.我发现，拥有一些特征是很好的，比如有一个温度计，可以记住你上次读到的内容，and has the ability to change from Celsius to Fahrenheit.
If you love tech and you know that having a thermometer that syncs with your phone via Bluetooth will help you record your temperatures,then by all means go for it.但是，不要认为为了成功地使用生育意识，您需要在温度计上花费超过100美元。If you find that you're spending more than 10 minutes of your precious time deeply contemplating what thermometer you should use just know that you're overthinking it.It doesn't have to be that complicated.
I find that it's so easy to focus on the wrong things especially when it comes to fertility awareness.What's more important than spending hours scouring the web for the"perfect"thermometer is getting an accurate temperature reading each day.
In fact,let me share 5 things with you that are way more important that finding the"perfect"温度计：
- 把你的体温计放进去minimum of 7-10 minutesbefore turning it on and taking your temperature reading so you actually get an accurate result
- Knowing how to identify a"normal temperature"versus an abnormal temperature (due to stress,illness,alcohol consumption,等）
- 知道如何依靠你的宫颈粘液观察，这样你在生病的时候就有事情要做，stress,during the postpartum period,and any other time you can't rely exclusively on your temperatures.
Now I recognize that there is a ton of cool technology out there and if it floats your boat to dive in and get all the latest gadgets then by all means,go for it!But,要知道你不需要花哨的技术来做到这一点。温度计，after all,is a fairly simple device that measures your body temperature.不需要比这更复杂，and it definitely doesn't need to cost more than $20.
Now I want to hear from you.How do you measure your temperatures?What thermometer do you use?你喜欢酷的技术吗，or are you happy with a basic thermometer that measures to 2 decimal points?Do you think it matters what kind of thermometer you use to record your basal body temperature?Share your thoughts in the comments below!!