Colorado company Prima-Temp recently unveiled its new body temperature fertility device, called BLOOM, this past month. It has the potential to drastically help women pinpoint their most fertile times.
One way to decipher what stage of fertility your body is in is to take your temperature every morning when you wake up, before even getting out of bed. This temperature is called your Basal body temperature, or BBT. “How does measuring BBT help detect ovulation? A woman’s normal non-ovulating temperature is between 96 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the individual. Following the release of the egg, BBT increases by about half a degree in almost all women. The hormone progesterone, secreted by the ovary after ovulation, heats things up; it also prepares the uterine lining for a possible pregnancy. Body temperature will remain roughly half a degree higher until right before menstruation, when it will return to normal. Because the spike in body temperature at ovulation is so small, you need a special basal thermometer (available at drugstores for about $10 to $15) to measure it. A basal thermometer records temperatures in one-tenth of a degree increments instead of the two-tenth increments on fever thermometers.”
The point of BLOOM is to have an even more accurate reading. By having the device inside your body for a month at a time, it can constantly track and record your body’s vitals. The device is self-inserted into the vagina and it transmits information wirelessly to an accompanying app on your phone. When it detects a trend that points toward the possibility of the beginning of ovulation, it sends you an alert, notifying you to take advantage of this window of time!
Until BLOOM is widely available on the market, talk to your doctor about other ways to be aware of and track your fertility.