Bellingham, Washington (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
For an increasingly large number of couples, getting pregnant isn’t as easy as our high school sex ed teachers would have had us believe. In fact, nearly one in six couples will struggle with infertility, according to the World Health Organization.
But discussing fertility issues with family and friends can be a touchy subject, and a desire for privacy prevents many from opening up to those closest to them. And that’s where the Internet comes in. While it may seem that all of your friends conceived easily, the Internet can connect you to literally tens of thousands of women who know exactly what you’re going through.
Websites like TwoWeekWait.com cultivate a unique community, bringing together women who share a common goal – obtaining that coveted “big fat positive” (aka “BFP” in Internet lingo) on a pregnancy test. TwoWeekWait.com is an interactive community where every twinge, burp, pang, and rumble is analyzed and dissected; where women wait anxiously to see a BFP on that pregnancy test; and where women celebrate their long-awaited BFP with detailed stories of their journeys – complete with photographic evidence of the positive pregnancy test.
“TwoWeekWait.com is the alluringly dark rabbit’s hole of the online fertility world,” Kaitlin Solimine wrote in a post on her popular blog The Hairpin. “I’ve spent countless hours searching its boards to know if lower abdominal cramping on 5 DPO (days past ovulation) means implantation or just gas. On the site, pregnant women chronicle exactly what symptoms they had on what day past ovulation. It is utterly unscientific and insanely addicting — who wouldn’t want to believe that the Tarzanian nipples they’re experiencing at 8 DPO are attributable to a growing pea in the pod?”
By definition, the “two week wait” is that interminable time period after a woman ovulates and before she can test positive on a pregnancy test. TwoWeekWait.com’s stated goal is to get women through that wait with their sanity relatively intact. Women can submit detailed Am I Pregnant? stories, where they itemize every possible “symptom” and invite others to vote on whether or not they’re pregnant.
One of the most popular areas of the site is dedicated to showcasing the BFP Stories of women who’ve successfully navigated the two week wait. These stories recount a couple’s journey through the trying-to-conceive process, encouraging other trying-to-conceive hopefuls and even offering advice on what seemingly worked for them.
“I’m soo happy to finally share my own BFP story!” one user announced in her BFP post. “So a little background, I have been off BCP [birth control pill] since April 2012 but I have long irregular cycles so this was my 6th cycle of TTC [trying-to-conceive]. We started BBT [basal body temperature] charting on cycle #2 and we invested in Fairhaven Health’s OvaCue Fertility Monitor at the end of our 4th cycle, and I swear that this is the only reason we are pregnant. I had thought that I ovulated super early this month, and without the OvaCue I would not have known that I hadn’t and we needed to BD [baby dance]! We BD only the once on O [ovulation] day….”
The user goes on the detail her symptoms by days past ovulation (DPO) during her two week wait, and even provides a picture of her positive pregnancy tests. (Don’t worry if the trying-to-conceive Internet shorthand is a little confusing - TwoWeekWait provides a detailed TTC Lingo Dictionary to guide new users.)
TwoWeekWait.com also hosts a number of active community forums, ranging from general trying-to-conceive topics like ovulation prediction and fertility charting to infertility topics like in vitro fertilization (IVF). And once pregnancy is achieved, there’s a forum for that, too.
As the number of Internet users across the globe continues to grow, so does the popularity of TwoWeekWait.com and similar fertility websites. TwoWeekWait.com recently saw the most web traffic ever this January, with 150 percent more visitors than the site received in the same month of 2012. More than 12,000 people visit the site each day on average. Logically, more traffic coincides with more story submissions. More than 760 women submitted their “Am I Pregnant?” and “BFP” stories in January, the most submissions since the site’s inception. The large traffic spike may also be correlated to the site’s recent mobile viewing optimization; a majority of the visitors now access TwoWeekWait from their mobile devices.