Pee parties — also known as POAS, or Pee on a Stick Parties — are the latest way women are taking what was once a very private moment very public. What used to be a closely guarded secret until after the first trimester is now being shared online within minutes of seeing one line or two.
The trend was first spotted by BabyCenter.com. “They will discuss what day they are going to test,” said Rebecca Michals, director of global community and customer service, “and then come back to post the results.”
And it’s not just a few women who feel the urge to pee on a stick for at-home fertility testing at the same moment, or at least on the same day, as their online friends. The Soooo … you want to have a pee party thread is just one of many, most broken out by month. Each thread has dozens of responses from other women who wish to have a pee party.
There are sometimes spreadsheets involved, complete with rules of participation. The April 2014 Pee Party group has one. There are 50 women participating.
Is this the ultimate in TMI? Maybe not. The intention behind the parties and posts might be just the opposite.
“They [the women] may not want to tell people they are trying to conceive in real life, so they come to the message boards to talk,” Michals said. “It gives them support during the two-week-wait.”
The two-week wait, also called the TWW, is the time between sex that intended to result in pregnancy and the time when an over-the-counter pregnancy test can give accurate results.
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