Female urinals can be useful for women who are traveling very often and want to avoid coming in contact with public washrooms or are often outdoors and do not have easy access to a bathroom. Before you use a female urinal, you should identify the type of urinal that is best for your body and your needs, and choose a urinal that is lightweight and easy to clean.
When selecting a Female Urinal, make sure it’s from a really good brand (we highly recommend GoGirl) and that it fits your needs. For example, female urinals for people with a mobility disability are different from the regular ones, so you need to know how to spot the difference between them.
Female Urinals for people with a mobility disability are usually hand-held devices which are useful if you would like the freedom to dispose of the urine without assistance and reuse the device easily, while the regular ones are more cup-sized, allowing the person to pee standing up.
Now that you know pretty much the basics about Female Urinals let’s get started with our guide about how to use them (like a boss!)
1) Choose a position that is comfortable for your body.
There are three ways you can use the urinal: sitting, standing, or lying down. Your ideal position will depend on any injuries you may have in certain areas of your body and your comfort level when going to the bathroom.
- If you cannot be on your feet when urinating, you may choose to sit in a chair when using the urinal, with your pelvis tilted slightly forward and your legs apart.
- If you have pain in your knees or hips, you may choose to use the urinal while standing so you do not need to squat or put unnecessary weight on your knees or hips.
- If you have lower back pain or injuries on your back, you may use the urinal on one side while lying down.
2) Place the urinal between your legs.
Once you find a urinating position that is comfortable for you, you can place the urinal between your legs. Make sure the cup or tube is positioned right under your urethra.
- If you are using a body support device, you may need assistance from a helper to place the urinal under your thighs when you are in bed. Ensure the cup or dish is positioned right under your urethra.
- If you are using a device that has a drainage bag, attach a bag to the urinal. This will allow the urine to collect in the drainage bag for easy disposal.
3) Tilt your pelvis forward slightly, aiming into the urinal.
Tilting your pelvis will allow you to urinate more effectively into the urinal. Make sure you use the cup or tube attached to the urinal when using it to ensure all or most of your urine ends up in the urinal.
4) Empty and clean the urinal after use.
Once you are done using the urinal, you will need to empty the urinal. If you are using a handheld device, simply empty the urinal into the toilet or a bedpan. You can then wash the urinal with warm water and soap, hanging it to dry so it ready for use.
- If you are using a body-supporting device, have the helper remove the urinal and empty it for you. The helper should then wash it, so it is ready for use.
- If you are using a urinal with a drainage bag, you can dispose of the drainage bag once it is full or wash it and reuse it.
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