on May.14, 2012, under Misc. Reviews
Being female may have its advantages at times, but when it comes to public urination, we gals definitely got the short end of the stick. Or to be more blunt, our lack of a penis puts us at a real disadvantage in the convenience and safety departments. Most women would give a knowing nod if I described the squat-hover stance I use to keep my butt off of public toilet seats to avoid who-knows-what diseases they harbor. Or how nerve wracking it is to have to squat in the woods miles away from a toilet when you have to worry about bug bites or who might see you mooning the forest, all while trying to keep your balance and not pee on yourself. That’s why, about a year or two ago, I was really happy when I learned about STP (Stand to Pee) devices, which make it possible for a woman to pee standing up.
The P-style is actually the second STP device I’ve tried, the first being the Go Girl, and it’s my preferred one in most situations. Alan calls it my “pee spout,” which as you can see is pretty accurate:
It *is* a spout, made of one 7.5″ long piece of plastic with a 1.5″ wide contoured section to fit between your legs, and a .75″ wide drain trough. And the reason I usually prefer it is that it’s a little easier than the Go Girl is to use without having to lower your pants. I may do a full comparison review of the two for you later, but for now this is all about the pStyle.
With zippered pants, the easiest way to use it is to just unzip the fly, push the top of the panties down, and slide the P-style in place. If I’m wearing blue jeans, which are tighter than my dress slacks, that makes the spout aim slightly upward, but simply pushing down on the drain part not only makes the pee go where you want it, it also presses the contoured part more firmly against your crotch, which ensures there are no leaks.
This is probably a good time to mention that the drain’s sides are tall enough that putting a thumb over it, like I’m doing in the photo, does NOT cause you to get your thumb wet.
For pants without zippers, like beach Capri’s or sweatpants, the pStyle slides in over the top of the waist band and the panties together. Pushing down on the tip again maintains the right pressure and also holds your clothes out of the way. And since the device isn’t flexible vertically you don’t have to worry about it bending or snapping back.
I’ve found it’s best to lean forward a little when peeing with the device because that lack of flexibility makes for a slower stream and less accurate aim otherwise. No, you’ll never be able to write your name in the snow with the P-style, but the stream is small enough that you can go in a bottle in the car in a real emergency.
When the water’s done flowing, you scrape the device forward against you (the edges are rounded so there’s no discomfort) and it wipes off any remaining drops. I know that goes against what we’re taught about wiping from front to back, but in the time I’ve used STPs it’s not been a problem, possibly because there isn’t any anal contact like there often is with toilet paper. It isn’t something I’d recommend doing every day all day, but I think it’s safer than using the average public toilet seat and communal paper roll no matter what. I usually follow up with a baby wipe just to be double sure everything’s clean, but if you’re fully shaved you may not even need that.
The P-style itself is easy to clean with antibacterial soap and water, but it can also be tossed in a dishwasher or washing machine too. When there’s no soap and water around, either baby wipes or Purell hand sanitizer works well for a temporary cleaning until you can get home, and the zip-top plastic bag it comes in is good for travel storage.
For me the only negative part about the pStyle, and only in certain situations, is its size. I don’t carry a purse so there’s no subtle place to hide the P-style if I am, for example, making a trip to a store’s restroom when I’m wearing shorts and a belly top. I’ve had to adopt the habit of leaving a loose cotton shirt in the car so I can stuff the pStyle in the back of my shorts and use the shirt tail to hide it. Still, I love the convenience of the pStyle otherwise, and wholeheartedly suggest it to any other gal who is tired of doing the “squat hover” out there!
I can still beat her in a pissing contest, but I’m glad they’ve developed something like this to make life a bit easier for her. It’s a truly great thing to have around if you travel with a lady.