Female handheld urinals provide women with an alternative to the toilet. They are designed specifically to accomodate the female anatomy with a wide opening. For this reason, some men find them useful too.
Female urinals tend to vary in size more than male urinals; some are smaller and therefore more portable than others.
Some urinals have a flat narrow end which can be more easily put into position underneath you. This can be particularly useful if you are not very flexible and have difficulty moving your legs apart.
Some handheld urinals have larger, easy to grip handles which you might find helpful if your hand control is poor. Urinals can be heavy to manage when full and if your hand control is poor you may need a helper to empty the urinal.
A powered urine collection device has been tried out by a group of women but found to be too unreliable to use in its current form. 1 However, this may be a useful future development to enable very immobile people with reasonable hand control to be independent.
Most female urinals work best if you are able to sit on the edge of a chair/bed or if you can stand. 2
Female urinals are usually much less successful if you are lying down although it may still be possible to find one that will work for you. 2
It is important that the main body of the urinal is lower than the point at which urine enters it as urine flows downwards with gravity. For this reason it can be difficult to use a urinal successfully when sitting back in a chair 3
If you are unable to move to the front of the chair and wish to use a urinal when sitting down, it may be easier to achieve a good position by inserting the urinal from the rear or the side 3
Some designs of female urinals can be used to collect stool which can be useful if you know that you need to open your bowels but have very little warning.
If you have bowel leakage with no warning, they are unlikely to be useful.
You can find out more about alternative faecal products that might be suitable.
Women can find it difficult to put a urinal in position and some urinals are easier to position than others.
You will find that the more mobile and flexible you are, the more choice you will have and the more likely it is that you will find one that suits you.
You will have to use trial and error to find a design that suits you and your final choice may be down to personal preference.
If you are unable to position the urinal properly, urine may leak around the opening of the urinal either as you are passing urine or during removal of the urinal afterwards.
Try using an absorbent chair protector or bed pad when you are trying different products.
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