The iFertracker, created by Raiing Medical, is a smart basal body thermometer. Applied underneath your armpit by a medical adhesive patch, the iFertracker records your internal body temperature all night as you sleep, while it's algorithms remove abnormal and outlying temperatures caused by wake ups or bathroom breaks.
As someone with an infant in the house, one who is not yet sleeping through the night, the idea of having to wake up at the same time every morning, after four hours of uninterrupted sleep and without getting up or moving is just not a sustainable one. The iFertracker allowed me to sleep without worrying about getting up to feed my daughter or having to remember to take my temperature upon waking. Tracking in the postpartum can be helpful at determining when you are beginning to become fertile again, as well as regular fertility tracking once your periods have returned.
The iFertracker's packaging was attractive an functional. The stand the iFertracker sat in was removable from the box, and upon opening a manual, batteries, adhesive patches and a storage area for the device was found.
The Adhesive Patches
Initially, I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to apply the adhesive patch. The instructional manual is very clear, but I always like to try to figure things out without its use at first. After getting the hang of the application it became very easy and simple to do.
I could not feel the iFertracker under my arm as I fell asleep, nor did it wake me up at any point during the night. When placed properly, you shouldn't feel the device at all. The first few nights of removing the device was slightly painful, like ripping off a bandaid, but the more I used the adhesive patches the more my skin became used to them. I can now remove the patch with no issues and no pain. The patches are also easily removed from the device. Unfortunately, each patch is only one time use, which means you must purchase more patches once the ones you have run out.
The Device Itself
The iFertracker is small, smooth and attractive. Its shape feels similar to a bar of almost-fully-used soap in your hand. The device itself is lightweight and when worn properly, undetectable. A blue LED light flashes when your temperature information is ready to be sent to the app.
The app was easy to find in my App Store and download. The front page features a cute face, complete with the current date, what cycle day you are on, when your period is coming/ending, and your basal body temperature.
The chart allows you to choose colour or black and white, and is easy to read and pleasant to look at it. One critique I had is that the app informed me it was 'safe' to have unprotected sex before confirming ovulation. If I was trying to conceive this would be a non-issue, but if I was using fertility awareness to prevent pregnancy, I would not want to follow these instructions. That being said, you should always use the fertility awareness method rules and never follow an apps predictions when charting to void. The app also initially marked ovulation as a date that my temperatures did not agree with (I ended up having an anovulatory cycle).
The app also contains your manual, which is extremely helpful in case you lose yours or for quick and easy access.
Overall, I really like this device. It was easy to use, attractive and accurate. I will continue to utilize this device and would definitely recommend this the iFertracker to others, especially those who are charting in the postpartum or with an infant at home, or anyone else who wants a more convenient method of tracking their basal body temperature.
You can purchase the iFertracker HERE.
Disclaimer: I received the iFertracker free of charge from Raiing Medical in exchange for an review. All thoughts within this article are my own, and I work hard to maintain honest opinions of any and all devices and apps that I review.
I'm McKenna- a self-taught Fertility Awareness enthusiast. I first discovered Fertility Awareness & Charting while doing online research into the subject in December 2015. The topic instantly piqued my interest, and I made it my mission to learn anything and everything there was to know on the topic.