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If you’re a woman, would you pee standing up?

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If you’re a woman, would you pee standing up?

Are you a newbie to using squat toilets?  Traveling a country, where there’s non-western toilets? Going hiking in the woods, where the toilet is the great wide open? Here’s a helpful aide for squeamish squatters…

It’s called a Female Urinary Device or F.U.D.  It was my first toilet aid, when I began traveling countries, where I’d be subject to a squatter.
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Indian toilets and its scary squatting practice

I used to be terrified of  Asian squat toilets.

I was preparing for my first trip to India and researching Indian trains with my girlfriend, when she dropped the bomb on me.

There would probably only be Asian toilets in India and if we were traveling on a train, she was prepared to bring out her power-squatter legs for the ride.

Asian toilets, what’s that?”  I asked innocently.

It’s when you have to squat over a hole to pee“, she replied.

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A squat toilet on a train in Thailand

I froze in horror.

I’d never done that before.  I wasn’t even sure if I’d be capable.

I’d been raised “to go” like a princess on a throne. The idea of squatting in the bushes or in a porcelain or metal bowl grossed me out.

Besides that, who knew what scary things could leap out at me in the dark, with my pants down and my ass hanging low to the earth?  Did I want my pants to mop up the remains of others before me?  What if I missed my mark? And I did a couple of times… (In those situations, hand sanitizer squirt bottles help remove odors.)

 

 If you’re a woman, would you pee standing up?

The Freshette: My first pee-nis

I was freaking out.

My girlfriend emailed me a picture and wrote, ” It’s called The Freshette

If you were stuck between fear or shame and mortification, which would you choose?

Without thinking twice, I clicked on ‘Buy‘.

 

What is it like to pee standing up like a man?

I won’t say my experience was good nor will I say it was bad.  It was just “different”.

Like a man, you have to adjust yourself to hit the mark, but it’s relatively simple and not messy at all.

Sure, it felt strange.

It was a huge mental switch and I felt silly too. But peeing like a man was easy, just as women think.  It certainly made my trip less stressful. I didn’t have to deal with the discomforts of a dirty or smelly toilet (read my experiences here) and it was loads easier and cleaner than peeing into a doctor’s cup!

Afterwards, I would clean it down with baby wipes, hand sanitizer or soap and water.  (Yes, you have to touch your own pee, but it’s your pee. )  Then, I’d just stick it back in it’s plastic zip bag and was good to go.

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Checking out alternatives and giving yourself time to break into the squat.

What I love about using a female urinary device was that it gave me time to get used to the Asian toilet idea. If there was ever a highly unpleasant situation that I didn’t want to surrender to, I always knew I had a backup “friend.”

There’s a handful of interesting female urinary device options  from collapsable, biodegradable, stylish or no style.  They all do the same thing. I wish back when I got mine I had all these options of ways to go (I probably would’ve chosen something even more compact and collapsable).  It’s compact– with my Freshette, the spout retracted into itself– and if you get good at it, you don”t even need to take off your pants to use it.
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A fun list of  favored Female Urinary Devices on the market now:

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Go Girl! (go to website to learn how to use one!)

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P-Mate Disposable (5-pack)

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Urinelle (7-Pack of disposables)

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The Shewee 

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P-Style cup

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Women’s Lady J (check out the male version)

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Travel John Portable Bathroom (Disposable 3 Pack)

 

Likewise, there’s many travelers who can advise you on how to use a squatter if you’d like to dare it. Here’s some examples: Migrationology (a step-by-step guide), Girl Unstoppable (a female experience), GoBackpacking (a good breakdown).

I only used my female urinary device “friend” a few times during my trip to India. Knowing it was my desire to travel more Asian countries, I knew I eventually had to break my power squatting legs in.

But for women, who are as terrified about the ordeal as much as I was, I’d recommend a F.U.D. until you gain more comfort with using a squat toilet.

 

Would you pee standing up to avoid the squat toilet? Have you ever tried a female urinary device? What were your experiences? Would you try one?

 

Article by Christine Kaaloa

Christine is a solo traveler, blogger and YouTube vlogger, who shares travel advice, trip planning and survival tips and tricks on how to travel alone as a woman, live and work in South Korea and to follow your passion for travel.
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33 Comments

  1. The Freshette looks really practical!
    I would definitely consider taking something like that with me. You never know when and where you’ll have to pee:D

  2. Shannon Williams says:

    I have been waiting for this day for so long! I’ve been so envy of my brothers for years. Freedom! But I heard these new ones coming out called Smartway are awesome! All women need to check them out.

  3. Wow! …Just wow!

    …and I kinda feel like I need to take a bath.

  4. Such a funny post! This reminds me of my squatting experiences in Turkey which were not easy – especially when wearing pants and trying to keep my balance with my bag and camera in hand. With that said, I would definitely consider this device! This should be an infomercial on the Travel Channel or something!

    • @Dana: ha ha… I wonder how the public would take seeing this as an infomercial. But yeah, I know how it goes with balancing all the things you’ve got. I generally carry a backpack because I’ve got a DSLR with lenses. There’s been times I’ve had to swivel it in front of me uncomfortably. tsk.

  5. I hate squat toilets too. I have even waited half an hour to use the sole “western” toilet in a restroom. Even though I will feel weird using one of the devices you are describing, I think it will be handy to have one for emergencies.

  6. Ashleen Moreen says:

    I hate peeing in somewhere else and I don’t like to enter another comfort room but I think this device would help. This sounds great. Thanks!

  7. Peeing standing up is no fun. We squatted in the bush on safari a few years ago and even then, I ended up peeing on my foot. Thing is we’re always hurrying because we don’t want anyone to see us and that causes accidents. Yet, it would have been great having one of these.

  8. Ekua says:

    I purchased Urinelles before my SE Asia trip that’s mentioned in the post that you linked to, but never used them. They just seemed cumbersome and awkward- even more so than squatting! The reusuable ones you’ve shared here seem more eco friendly and look more anatomically correct, but where there’s a squat toilet, there’s not always running water and that puts me off of those too :P

    • @Ekua: All valid points. The Urinelles actually look interesting and I like that it seems biodegradable, but they look like office water dispensing cups. I love your article’s tip about wearing a skirt though! It makes everything in general much easier.

  9. Edna says:

    I don’t mind squat toilets that much (countless trips to China over the last 23 years will do that to you) but something like this would be dead handy for when you’re in the bushes…btw, some of these products have hilarious names, I can’t take them seriously!

  10. Jen says:

    I’ve had moments, especially when I’m camping, where I wished I could pee standing up. Then again…the whole thought of peeing and not wiping kinda grosses me out at the same time. So, maybe I wouldn’t like it at all, unless if I’m drunk then I’ll be like, “f#ck it!” LOL

  11. Melissa says:

    The Fenis (http://www.thefenis.com/) was the first one I ever heard of and when I realized that I might encounter the squatty potty in Korea I seriously considered buying one. I had to promise The Guy that if I did, I wouldn’t tell him about it since the thought of a woman peeing standing up weirded him out. lol On this past trip I decided to take my chances though since I figured there would generally be a western toilet not too far away since I wasn’t going into rural Korea.

    I consider a FUD to be like training wheels for a squatter in a way. Do you think you could still use one while in the squat position? I just don’t want to pee on my shoe. :\

    • @Melissa: Wow that Fenis looks deadly! lol. The shape definitely surprised me as well as,… the website. Hmmm.. using one in a squat position? I wouldn’t know… lol. I imagine it must still work, but it might feel like awkward positioning? =)

  • […] Okay, so you really can’t handle the idea at all, even after finding the western toilet is in the minority… I realize how squatters can be terrifying for many westerners – it’s an awkward position and aiming your pee can take a little time to learn.  So here’s the travel survival trick I used… When I planned my first trip to India and knew I’d be encountering many squatters, I bought a female urinary device to help me through the journey. It gave me peace of mind and was easy to use.  Read If you’re a woman, would you pee standing up? […]

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