Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Am I Still Loving the Femometer?! - 1 Year Update

Hey muffins! I cannot believe it has been a full year since I started using the Femometer as part of the Basal Body Temperature natural birth control method. I unboxed my Femometer a little over a year ago, so I thought I would share what I am still loving (and not loving) about this product. Spoilers - I still LOVE it! ๐Ÿ˜„

femometer app screen

What I Love - The Pros:
~For someone with a longer cycle than the average woman, this app is much more accurate when it comes to making cycle predictions. Before I starting using the Femometer, I was using an app called Flo that just did not understand that my cycle lasts for about 35-38 days. It would predict based on the "average length of a cycle," which often made it very very wrong (so much so that I would often track on my own too which basically defeated the purpose of using the app). I LOVE that the Femometer adjusts its prediction after each cycle - it can accurately detect the start of both my period and ovulation 95% of the time (the rest are off by 1-3 days), which is just incredible!

~Getting into the habit of taking my temperature was super easy, as I was basically in the habit by my month 3 update. After the habit is formed, you will definitely not forget to take your temperature each morning, and I love the addition to my morning routine.

~Going off of that last point, I formed my habit so well that I actually took my temperature in my sleep once ๐Ÿ˜… This didn't throw off my chart though, because you are able to delete any "abnormal" readings or pick the accurate one if you take it twice by accident. While I haven't experienced any abnormal instances other than this one, it would be super helpful for keeping your charts consistent when you have a fever.

~NO PERIOD SURPRISES! ๐Ÿฉธ See the first bullet point.

~The visual data in the app is amazing - there are so many different charts that are tracked for you in the Analysis tab in your profile. From analyzing every single data point that has ever been taken to just visualizing each cycle for consistency, the real magic of this device is the data you get. It definitely helps you take charge of your cycle, which is so empowering to me!

visual data and graph in femometer app
Overlaying your cycles can help you see how similar they are!

What I Don't Love - The Cons:
~Unfortunately, the app doesn't re-adjust your ovulation date until after your period starts when it analyzes the cycle. While my ovulation date is usually accurate, it might vary by 1-3 days. This doesn't bother me too much, as I also do the Cervical Mucus method that makes it super easy to tell when I am the most fertile; however, it is something to think about if you aren't using any other birth control methods.

~As I've mentioned in prior updates, I don't like that I need to sync my thermometer to the app each day... But it is a small time commitment that isn't a huge deal.

~I also don't like that the comparison charts use the "average" woman's cycle... It is especially not as helpful for someone who has a longer cycle, but I understand that I am an outlier in this regard. ๐Ÿคท‍♀️

analysis of cycle on femometer app

Overall verdict, please do yourself a favor and purchase a Femometer! The $30 you pay is SO worth it! What are your thoughts on using the Basal Body Temperature method? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna 

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