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Can a woman pee like a man – female urination devices for your travels to India?

India is great fun but the fun can fizz out if you see some of the toilets India has to offer. The toilets in your hotel room will most likely be western style but if you are out and about and if you want to pee and most likely you want to, then you are in bad luck. You will have to deal with Indian style squat toilets and it’s not easy using it. If you happen to be travelling in trains then it’s even worse. You not only have to deal with a moving train but also the toilets are dam right dangerous. Guess where the ‘poo’ and the ‘pee’ drain on to. Yes – straight on the tracks! That is why most trains have signs requesting passengers not to use them on platforms. Even Indian ladies try not to use them unless they really have to, let alone foreign tourists travelling to India. It’s not going to be easy for a western lady to pull their pants down and bend their bum all the way down to the ground not to mention that they can get mosquito bites when the’re down there. If you’re not sure how to use the Indian toilet then read here.

Indian train toilet

Indian train toilet

However some women have resorted to using something called female urination devices (FUD) when travelling to countries where hygiene conditions are poor. They are funnel shaped devices that allows a female to “make water” while standing upright. The idea behind is that you pee like a man and collect and/or discard the urine. Although I have not used them myself but I personally think this is a good idea. Let’s face it; it’s an unnatural thing to do for a woman to “pee” standing up like a man. But then these devices can be a life saver.

Indian hotel toilet

This is an average hotel toilet in India. You may be OK here but how about when you’re outside-fancy peeing like a man

These devices can be great for outdoor holidays and activities such as trekking, camping, walking and skiing, climbing even traffic jams and for avoiding dirty Indian public toilets. Using one of these devices will also make you feel that there are no advantages of being a man.

Here is a list of Female urination devices I found doing a Google “cough” Yahoo search


Shewee
is a portable urination device for women allowing women to urinate whilst standing up and without removing clothes. If you’re OK with extreme pink colour, I think it’s a good device.

Go Girl - Female Urination Device is another of these so called female urination devices. It is claimed to be handy enough device to be placed in your bag. According to their website, they recommend this for festivals, camping, hiking, long car journeys and ‘icy toilets’.

Whiz Freedom is a lily shaped device allowing women to wee in a standing up, sitting down or lying position without undressing. According to the manufacture, there is no need to remove any clothing and the water is directed away from the body preventing flow-backs, splashes or spills.


P-Mate Female Disposable Urine Director
– As the name suggests; the role of this card-board device when placed between the legs and tilted downwards can direct the urine hence eliminating the need to squat.

Lady Elegance P EZ Female Urinal, another FUD that allows a lady to pee like a boy. It has a flexible tube to allow you to point the urine away from your body.

TravelJohn Disposable Urinals are not exactly devices to urinate but more like are portable urinals. They are pouch like disposable urinals made of biodegradable fabric. According to the manufactures, they absorb urine and degrade it into smell-less, non-spill gel bag that is non toxic that can be disposed safely.

Woman using the FUD in a men's toilet

Woman using the FUD in a men’s toilet – Source: Wikipedia Commons

I can see that it’s not an easy thing to use. Seems as if things get a little splashy, chances are you might get wet. Remember, most good Indian hotels and restaurants (not all) have western styled toilets but check before you go. But if you’re visiting places and stopping at “Dhabas” (road side eateries), you’re not going to find decent toilets. This is where these female urination devices will come handy to prevent you squatting over unsanitary toilets. Don’t let Indian squat toilets stop your desire to urinate.

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38 Responses to “Can a woman pee like a man – female urination devices for your travels to India?”

  1. Informative Shalu!

    Yes indeed, any foreigner coming over to our country often faces problems where Indian toilets are concerned. The squatting ones really aren’t all that easy to use for them, though it’s said they are more hygienic than the Western ones.

    I never really had any idea about the various kinds you mentioned here, which would be a great option for anyone who isn’t familiar with the Indian kinds.

    Yes, nowadays most places cater for the Western style, but sometimes you are caught unawares and really don’t know what to do. So, thanks for sharing this with all of us. :)
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  2. Michael Belk says:

    Oh my gosh, it must be terrible to have to use something like this. I would hate to use the toilet as a man, but as a woman it must be terrifying.

    These toilets are pretty much disgusting, but if I had to I would sacrifice sanitization.
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  3. dNambiar says:

    Nice to know about this product. That is going to be useful.
    If it is a public toilet I personally prefer the traditional Indian toilet. But then again I hear you can pick up more germs from an airplane’s armrest than that toilet seat. Btw, some health experts world over are now advocating the squat toilet because it’s best for the bowels.

    Even highly developed countries have some really dirty toilets. The FUDs would make life a lot easier. :)

  4. I have never thought about this issue……
    It is really a matter of concern and Indian government must do something in this direction to improve the situation…… specially in Trains and Tourist visiting areas.
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  5. Sapna says:

    HI Shalu jee

    Great info shared as always!

    Grave situation and Authorities should act before it is too late. You travel in whatever class in trains, the situation is worse.

    Thanks for bringing this to notice.

    Sapna
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  6. Nash says:

    Well in France Men and women share the same toilet, I would not have problem if a women wanted to use the Mens restroom with me!

  7. Two Words: Interesting phenomenon! I believe with technology everything is possible. I sure would love to pee like a man!

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    Dickens

  8. Sarah Park says:

    This looks uncomfortable. I would not want to try on these.
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  9. Zion Amal says:

    Well written Shalu. You raise your Voice for Justice.
    Keep it up. Cheers
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  10. Srimanta says:

    Hi Shalu,
    Great article! your point of view absolutly right. Really great content highlighting one of the major problems exists in India.
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Hi Srimanta
      Indeed, its one of those things that still needs addressing. Thank you for understanding this point of view.
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      • jitender says:

        Hey girls, Your biggest worry is over now. Now, no messy toilet seats, no trouble in urinating while travelling, no acrobatic postures inside the toilet to avoid direct contact with the seat. We have introduced “Eazy-Go” for Indian market. Eazy-Go is a device which help females urinate standing up just like men. It is disposable, bio gradable & easy to use product. very usefull product during travel, pregnancy, urin infection, knee joint pain.

  11. Disha says:

    This is really shameless for Indian Railway Department, Indian Railway provies dirty urination devices in train, A male can easily use urination devices of train but how can a female use it. This is really shameless matter for Indian Railways.

  12. smithlopez1 says:

    Hi shalu jee,
    I totally agreed with your post. yes really the Indian Railway services are very poor and bad. Atleast they can’t give some small facilities to people like giving a special extra sitting boxes to females and water, clean compartmental. I hope they provide atleast better services to indians.
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  13. Thank you for this article. I think many foreigners don`t know the real situation in your country.

  14. Ankit says:

    I’ve never seen someone covering such issue. I never thought about this but now I think this could be a concerning topic
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  15. Mahima Verma says:

    I am 23 year old. Actually I am not shy on writing this comment I want to be open with you.
    I am female but I have a penis :(
    But still I sit and pee just like any women would do because I feel its not right to stand and pee as a woman.
    What do you say??

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Hello Mahima
      Thank you for your comment and being frank. To be honest, I do not know any women who has male organs along with the female ones. But to be honest, peeing like a man for a woman is not easy and even un-natural. But in certain situations, it has be done. What do you think?
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  16. woowo greats information.really it`s great and funny.it`s easy because women are equal gender.thanks.

  17. Hossain says:

    I never read this type of article before. And also I never think about this problem of a women.
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  18. Fantastic Idea ,, Hats off to you
    All your articles are really unique
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  19. It is certainly a problem to find clean toilets when out.This contraption is new to me.
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  20. seb powen says:

    good idea…….. i think helpful in Indian train journey. Indian railway already introduced a new type of toilet facility in new coaches.
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  21. WOW! This is amazing. Never hear about this female device before.

    It would do well for females, but I think some males in the world would find this weird.

    But I think it is cool. :)
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    • Shalu Sharma says:

      Hi Kharim
      No – its not something that men would heard about but it does exist and will come in handy when women are unable to bend. So there you have it, its one of those things.
      Thanks for your comment and best wishes.
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  22. I never really had any concept about the various types you described here, which would be a great choice for anyone who is not acquainted with the Native indian types.

  23. Chetan says:

    Hatts off to you @Shalu. Glad to hear this point from lady. If I am Right, there is no facility available in India for ladies in traveling. I agreed with Disha’s comment “Indian Railway is Shameless” and I feel “Indian Law too”. To be frank still i haven’t heard about this female urination devices in my life. Anyways,
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  24. Neha says:

    hi shalu, It is certainly a problem to find clean toilets when out.This contraption is new to me.
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  25. AJAY KUMAR says:

    Shalu ji,

    Can you please guide where one can buy FUD in Delhi NCR and what is approximate cost.

  26. Kaytee says:

    I have just spent a month in India and had the choice of only a squat toilet on just three occasions. I carried a cardboard drinking cup with me and it worked perfectly for peeing. Strongly recommend it. Some of the western toilets were also too filthy to use. You certainly learn to “hold on”. Luckily the first class train toilet I used was western style.

  27. Shannon says:

    I tried a disposable FUD called Smartway when I traveled to Europe and it saved me a couple times. Small, cheap, and water/odor resistant! Highly recommended for all travelers.

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