How can Tempdrop benefit shift workers?
By Tarina Mosley
Tempdrop can be a game-changer for those who are shift workers. When you are working night shifts, sleeping short hours, or waking up during the night while on-call, Tempdrop makes fertility awareness a possibility. Here’s everything you need to know
Why might your traditional BBT not be up for the task?
When you are tracking basal body temperature using a traditional thermometer; one where you manually take your temperature upon waking, there are specific parameters that must be met.
It is advised to have a minimum of 3 hours, uninterrupted sleep prior to temping. Disruptions such as getting up for the bathroom multiple times throughout the night and of course waking early to head out after receiving a call may render the temperature invalid. This can prove particularly difficult if you are nearing and hoping to confirm ovulation.
As you can imagine, after several days of interrupted sleep, particularly in the case of shift work, and on-call workers – you might as well call the cycle a bust.
This can lead to frustration and hopelessness and has the potential to discourage us from using a fertility awareness-based method – particularly in the case of avoiding pregnancy.
Waking at the same time every day.
A conventional basal body thermometer requires that you wake and take your temperature at approximately the same time every day. In some cases, as little as an hour can make a difference, and possibly render the reading invalid.
In the case of shift workers – there is no chance one can wake at the same time consistently. Those who work rotating schedules – from nights to days – or straight nights – while having days off have extreme variances in waking times. As you can imagine, from the knowledge above, the user will likely experience drastic variations in temperature readings.
Why would one recommend a Tempdrop for shift workers?
Tempdrop is a game-changer for those who are shift workers. It is placed on the arm prior to bed and turned on, the minimum requirement is 3 hours of data. That way, if you are called in the middle of the night, you can wake, remove your Tempdrop and be rest assured that the data is valid for use (following the first 60 days of algorithm collection). Tempdrop has been designed to ‘filter out’ external interference such as bathroom trips, and waking to take a pager call – so even if you aren’t getting up to head out to a call, you can be confident that those calls throughout the night won’t impact Tempdrop’s ability to provide an accurate reading.
Why would one recommend Tempdrop versus a hormonal method?
I have come across those who have argued that a symptohormonal method – which uses the Marquette monitor - is of greater use to those who are shift workers. My argument to this is – this method requires the ongoing purchase of sticks to use with the machine and the initial up-front cost of acquiring the monitor. It also requires you to collect urine within a 6-hour window at the same time throughout a cycle. For some, the ongoing cost is the biggest hindrance! In the case of Tempdrop – once you purchase the device, you receive fantastic customer support and are equipped with a device that does not require ongoing investment and is completely compatible with erratic sleep schedules.
As a shift and on-call worker, Tempdrop has literally changed my ability to practice the symptothermal method of fertility awareness accurately! I am thankful to have discovered Tempdrop early in my fertility awareness journey. There have been many days of interrupted sleep, and shift changes – if I had been using a conventional basal body thermometer, I would have given up long ago!
About the author:
Tarina Mosley is a certified fertility awareness educator through the FEMM institute and a student midwife. She first discovered fertility awareness after experiencing a multitude of side effects from the Mirena IUD. Soon after, she herself received instruction - became obsessed with the method and sought education. She has a passion for providing clients with comprehensive and individualized instruction based on informed choice. She has a keen interest in working with those who are trying to conceive. She is based out of Alberta, Canada but provides instruction to clients all over the world. You can find her website www.fertilityfreedom.net or follow her Instagram account @fertilityfreedom.