Urination Devices

I have to admit, I wasn’t completely thrilled with my anniversary gift this year. Considering we normally don’t exchange gifts, perhaps I am being harsh.  Traditionally, 14 years of marriage is celebrated with ivory. I’m sure Jason had the endangered animals in mind when he presented my gift. A pink plastic funnel in a clear zip-loc bag sent all the way from China. I’m not sure how much he saved by having a female urination device sent straight from the Far East without packaging rather than buying in on Amazon, but I know he did the math.

Even though this gift had the potential to make my life a lot easier, Jason saw my displeasure at the questionable packaging on my P-EZ and immediately ordered the Go Girl with a fancy bag.

By the time that arrived, the idea of using a standing pee device that came in a sandwich bag had grown on me. As I’m telling some girlfriends about my anniversary gift, the question comes up “why would you need this?”  What?!  Granted, they live in homes with bathrooms, but come on! Don’t you camp? Don’t you go to music festivals and sporting events with disgusting port-a-potties? They started to see the possibilities. Though I do think I lost them somewhere into my “sleeping in the car while waiting on a morning ferry, or waiting in line for gasoline during a strike”…you know, sometimes there just isn’t a bathroom. Of course sometimes it is just cold… or raining… or both. With careful consideration of beverage containers on those days, the boys don’t seem to have a problem with this… I usually do.

And so, one day I decided to exclusively use my two female urination devices and compare them. I mean really, I only have room for one, so why not take the best?  Both the P-EZ and the Go Girl are similar shaped silicon funnels. The Go Girl seemed to be a little better quality. One side fits, well, you-know-where (see diagram) the other side is an pseudo prosthetic penile aiming tube that allows a girl to pee standing up.

With great trepidation, I tried the Go Girl first. It felt really weird to stand in front of a toilet. Really weird. But lo’ and behold, I peed right into a toilet without sitting down. Hot dang.

A few glasses of water later, there I am again with the P-EZ. But wait, things are a little crazier this time. Much more aiming involved here. Hmm, it took me another try with the Go Girl to realize it wasn’t me. And, with a little more investigation, I discovered the small difference I should have noticed a lot earlier. The size and shape of the exit pee hole.  Engineering makes a big difference here. The Go Girl wins.

OK, so there you go. A whole post on something I’d never dream I’d talk about, much less write down for the world to read.

I was really wishing I had it at a tailgate party I attended several weeks ago, and there have already been a few other occasions when it may have come in handy. So, it’s coming back to South America with us. Let’s see if this product becomes critical in my lifestyle. We’ll know in a week or so!

 

Because the biggest adventure shouldn’t be finding a bathroom.

 

 

Don’t take life sitting down.

 

26 thoughts on “Urination Devices

  • October 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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    For the record, I was using the “Modern Anniversary Gift Guide” instead of the outdated “traditional” version. Besides, would you rather receive a bone from a dead animal… or the ability to pee standing up? The choice was obvious.

  • October 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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    Actually, I totally appreciate this review! I’ve been considering getting one of these, and always wondered how effective they are and which brand is best. In one fell swoop, you answered all my questions! Gracias!

  • October 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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    I love this post because I’ve been curious about these devices, and both are so much more eco-friendly than the disposable cones I’ve also seen. So after peeing, do you just hopefully have a water bottle handy to rinse it? I’d think the Go Girl’s carrying case would make it the winner right there.

  • October 8, 2012 at 2:58 PM
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    Word of advice for all you ladies: If you’re gonna attempt to pee into a bottle, use a bigger bottle than you think you’ll need. Trust me on this one.

  • October 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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    Awesome! I need one. I am always afraid of peeing on my feet when I am camping. JenMo has a good point. What do you do with it after?

    BTW – I saw the old Jersey version of Jason at the grocery store last night. Looked just like you in 20 years – complete with gold chains!

  • October 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM
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    I thought about it many times but i dont like the cleaning process… At this moment, you remember that is not like being a man. Our life is not as easy. So i kept the old way… Peeing in an ice cream plastic container. You still need to wash it. But its free and easily replaceable.

  • October 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM
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    Do those instructions say you can use the P-EZ laying down?! Doesn’t seem like that would work. Otherwise, sounds like a perfect gift for a gal traveling South America for years.

  • October 9, 2012 at 7:03 AM
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    ROFL

  • October 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    This post reminded me why I check daily for updates. Informational, witty, funny and gave me a great idea for my upcoming wedding anniversary.

    A million thanks

  • October 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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    This could be the beginning of the end to complaints about missing the toilet bowl.

  • October 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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    OMG, Lorna! They do say you can use it lying down. I’m not sure I want to try that in the bus!

    Jen-Mo- I think a quick water rinse might be a good idea if you are using it regularly. I’m not sure the guys are going to like this device going in with the dirty dishes.

  • October 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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    LOve this posting!!!!!!

  • October 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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    The real test is, can you write your name in the snow.

  • October 9, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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    Leo- I will let you know! I’m certain that will be something to report, but not something anyone will want to witness!

  • October 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    omg – the funniest post ever! Although, I’m going to order a Go Girl on Amazon tonight!! 😉

  • October 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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    Could this be the most responses to a Bodeswell blog post yet? lol :-)

  • October 10, 2012 at 7:59 AM
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    And you thought you were losing blog readers!
    Loved the post but must hide it from hubby as our 20th is in 2 weeks…would that be the porta potty one? :-)

  • October 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    Romantic and practical – Romantical!

  • October 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM
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    great post for us who love to go camping

  • October 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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    cool my wife uses one of those big plastic flogers coffee containers, works real well when camping and easy to dispose of and clean

  • October 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM
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    Have you tried it while sitting? I’ve been scouring the internet for reviews of funnels to use in a car…Thanks!

  • October 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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    No nozzle in nature is perfect. It may not always “go” where you point it ! (And you can trust me on this one.) Ask any woman who lives with males of any age…..

  • October 24, 2012 at 5:58 AM
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    oh god… I loled enough to wake my cats. XD

  • January 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM
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    Smartway is the way to go when it comes to female urinary devices they are cheap, sanitary, mess free, and have a young fun personality. Check out all their social media and their website! http://www.standthesmartway.com

  • June 5, 2014 at 10:08 PM
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    I have a few different ‘devices’ and my favorite is the go girl. I don’t leave my house without it. I made a cute bag for it and keep it in my purse, if I go on a hike I stick it in my pocket, since it is in a cute little pouch, it’s easy as pie. I was wonderin, about the p ez, so thanks!

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