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Katarain
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I originally posted this in the pregnancy thread, but I realized I'd like thoughts from women who weren't pregnant as well. Sorry if the topic is squicky!

Okay, I am seriously considering getting a device that helps women pee standing up. I refuse to sit on a public toilet, and squatting is getting harder and harder to do as I get bigger. It will also help with the urine samples I have to provide at the doctor's office.

Here are some links:

TravelMate Urinary Device
SheWee (USA Site)
Whiz (UK Site)

I just don't understand how the SheWee will fit in the right way. Also, I read some reviews that complained of leaking.

The Whiz looks okay, but I don't want to have to have it shipped from the UK and mess with exchange rates, etc.

The TravelMate looks kind of small on the "cup" end, but I think it might work. I also found fairly positive reviews online.

I think I'm going to try the TravelMate. If I like it, I'll get the deal they have on three and give them away to my two sisters-in-law and my mom. Interesting Christmas presents... [Wink]

So, what do you all think? Would you use something like this? It seems it sure would be useful, especially during pregnancy.

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Eeeew.

I refuse to sit on dirty toilets too-- so I have a routine to combat them.

1. Wipe down toilet seat with disinfecting wipe (carried in purse.)
2. For good measure, second wipe-down with dry tp.
3. Cover with paper toilet seat cover (I do keep some in my purse in case they are out or don't stock them, even though in CA it is required by law to have them in the bathroom.)
4. Sit and enjoy the toilet.

Maybe it would be better to invest in disinfectant wipes and flushable paper toilet seat covers?

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Katarain
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You really think it's eeww? Not me. But there are disposable paper funnels you can get.

(I gotta run, but I'll be back later.)

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I think it's eeew because of the potential for leakage (and pokage.)
I'd MUCH rather use my method.

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Do they make one with a flexible tip so you can write your name in the snow?
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What do you mean, 'now'? [Big Grin]
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My mom, who has mobility issues, recently bought one of these devices (I know she bought it from somewhere in Britain, but I don't know if it's the one Kat linked). She says it is wonderful!
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PC. The Whiz brand comes with an extension pipe, so it looks like Snow Name Writing is possible and will probably allow for neater handwriting than most men.
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The big caveat to using it for me would be that it requires a new set of underwear. But if you're in the woods when it's cold, it might be worth it.
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quote:
Originally posted by theamazeeaz:
The big caveat to using it for me would be that it requires a new set of underwear. But if you're in the woods when it's cold, it might be worth it.

Oh, yeah. Well, that puts it right out for me anyway, then.
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There used to be a website that taught women how to pee standing up, no extra appliances needed. I don't know if it is still around.
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(I've known how to pee standing up since I was 6. You do enough hiking and you learn. It's harder to squat on a 50 degree hillside.)
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Katarain
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Well, I said "Now" because I didn't know what else to name the thread. I knew it's been around for a while. Websites on how to do it without any devices is still around. I just don't think that'd work for me. (Well, I know it won't. I tried!)

I can definitely see the eew factor in case of accidents--so you gotta practice at home. [Smile]

But special underwear? How do you figure?

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I think they mean if you wanna do it out of doors in the winter. So you can just use a hole in the pants like men do.
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I don't think most men use that hole.
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That'll teach me not to read the last post first.
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The underwear hole, Matt? All the men I've known well enough to know how they pee do.
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quote:
Originally posted by ketchupqueen:
The underwear hole, Matt? All the men I've known well enough to know how they pee do.

Just the opposite experience for me. I never have and informal discussions with my friends have reflected 100% no-pee-hole usage thus far. I justed put up an poll in a chat room I'm in with some friends - so far one response and it's a "no."

Usage of the hole is kind of involved and requires more effort and time than just pulling down the waistband.

Edit: 2 replies now. Second one is "I have, but not often."

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Huh. Maybe it depends on what kind of underwear you use.
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(And for my husband it seems to be at least as fast if not faster. I don't really see how it's more involved. Maybe it's the technique? It's all in the wrist?)
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I think I've got some more insight. My "not often" friend says that usage of the hole is contingent on what else he's wearing. If he's got a belt that's difficult to undo, then he might use the hole.

Learn something new every day.

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It's also is probably somewhat dependent on the type of underwear. Boxers would be easier to use that way than briefs.
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I don't use the hole. It's a pain. It's much easier to pull the waistband down.

Posting in this thread just shows that I have way to much time on my hands.

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Aha, that may be it. All the men in my life use boxers (or something like.)
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I wear boxers, and I'd never use the hole over pulling the waistband. Pulling the band down takes .2 seconds, going through the hole requires about 5 seconds of maneuvering.
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Maybe the other part of it is that the men in my life that I know this intimately tend toward skinny, and their underwear falls ALL THE WAY down if they pull it down.
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I always use the hole. I am skinny and I do wear boxers. If that helps with the collection of data?

*awkward turtle*

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quote:
*awkward turtle*
[ROFL]

That's doubly funny because of a conversation we had with a sonographer about gender detection.

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It's a thing I've picked up at school. Just imagine one turtle on top of each other. Awkward. You can demonstrate by placing one palm on top of the back of the other hand. And then wiggle your thumbs. That is an awkward turtle.

What was involved in this conversation- how would that example help at all? [Confused]

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Well, we were talking about what boy parts vs. girl parts look like on a sonogram. "Little turtle" has become a euphemism in our house for little boy parts.
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Ah. Okay- that makes sense.
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(Of course, now I'm thinking of other things that came up in that conversation and wondering how tasteless it would be to send out baby announcements that say "Hot dog! It's a boy!" if we have a boy...)
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*Twitch*

Well you've had other kids before right? The announcements must get a little boring after a while- maybe from now on you could just do "interesting" ones.

You should definitely open up a new thread dedicated to weird baby announcements.

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Well, we actually send out e-mail announcements, and they tend to just be vital information and some pictures. But it is just so tempting to do something slightly ribald and offensive and see how many people never talk to me again.
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quote:
Homer: Aww, it's a boy.
[looking down]
Homer: And *what* a boy!
Dr. Julius Hibbert: Ah, no. That's the umbilical cord. It's a girl.


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I was only trying to be funny. [Wink] Most pharmacies around here have these portable jug things with attachments for male or female use, intended for people with limited mobility. I've been stuck in just enough traffic jams to consider purchasing one for the car. I think they call it a portable urinal.

Auntie Livvy's unisex lavatory tip of the day: If you don't intend to use the seat, lift it with your foot. I think men do this but women often don't, which makes no sense to me.

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