How to pee standing up

For men, standing up to urinate is a most natural thing. But for women, this does not come so naturally -- it has to be learned. Unfortunately, in our society, this is not something that is readily talked about. The goal of this tutorial is to help women learn techniques to be able to pee standing up, so they can use this method as they choose in various situations.

Women may want to learn this technique for several reasons. Sometimes it can be a necessity. In the old days, before modern inside plumbing, sitting on a toilet seat in an outhouse during sub-zero weather was dangerous. (Talk about freezing your butt off, literally!) Women would back up to the toilet seat, lean forward, and pee backwards. Some would hover over the seat if they were strong enough. More recently, hygiene has become as issue for many women who prefer not to come into direct contact with a seat in public restrooms. While many use the "hover" method, it can be difficult to hold this position for long. Others may risk a haphazard standing-style. The resulting potential mess only serves to compound the hygiene problem. Female children, in the absence of maternal guidance, will tend to try this automatically; they want to try to "pee like Daddy".

In some parts of the world, where toilets are far and few between, some women perfer to pee standing. This avoids the "splash" problems associated with a squatting position, especially on flat land. Even in developed areas, some toilets are at floor-level, forcing a squatting or standing position.

Regardless of the reason you decide to use this technique, most women find it quite comfortable after getting used to it. Parenthically, women who have mastered the technique will be easily able to "outdistance" a man, due to simpler plumbing, and better muscle control.

Basic Anatomy

It may be surprising, but many women do not even know their own anatomy. It may be helpful to become familiar with your own body, and where the various hidden parts are. Although there are individual differences between women (no two are identically alike), the following diagram is a basic guide.

The urethra (C) is your "pee hole". More precisely, the urethra itself is a tube that leads from the bladder to the outside. This tube is about one and a half inches long (4cm) inside you.

Your pee hole is a very tiny "slit" just front of the opening to the vagina. It is very hard to see, and its exact location may be slightly different than shown on the diagram.

When you are learning to pee standing up, you will be using your fingers on this area to find your pee hole, and to adjust the tube slightly to control the stream.

It might be a good idea to take a hand-mirror and compare your own self with the diagram. Try to identify each part, and how they feel when you touch them. This will help you later with proper finger-placement when you are actually standing to pee and don't have a view to guide you.

Safety first -- wash your hands before examining yourself. You do not want to introduce any bacteria to the area.

Be particularily observant of the difference between the (E) labia majoria (outer lips) and the (D) labia minora (inner lips). When peeing, the labia minora needs to be open enough to expose the opening of the urethra (C) to obtain a well controlled stream.

Your first attempts

Two-handed method (for beginners)

Step One: Wash your hands (because you will be touching yourself).

Step Two: For your first few practice sessions, remove clothing.

Step three: Stand with your feet about 2 feet apart (2/3 meter) in a shower stall. Using fingers of both hands, pull the outer lips apart, and also the inner lips as best you can. Your fingers should be placed slightly frontal of the urethra. Pull your fingers up and forward slightly. The pressure your fingers exert should be approximately equal on both sides. Start the stream. You can control the direction of the stream slightly by rotating your hips.

Step Four: For now, you will probably need to wipe. Remember to wash your hands after finishing.
CAUTION: Urine can be slippery on any type of surface. You may choose to use a bath-mat, or towels under your feet. Also, urine can have a strong odor, especially in the morning when it is most concentrated. Initially as you are learning, you may wish to try this later in the day, after your body is more hydrated, and the urine is thinner.

If you are like most women trying this for the first time, you made a mess!     DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED!     On the first attempt, you probably peed down one leg, or sprayed all over the place. (Now you see why the shower-stall was a good place to try this.) Rinse yourself off in the shower, and click on the "Hints and Tips" section at the bottom of this page. The first tip is the PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. After a few attempts, you should see significant improvement.

One handed method (for more experienced pee'ers)

Using either hand, form your index and middle finders into a "V" shape. Place the fingertips as above. Lift to the angle that you discovered works best for you, and pee. By the time you are ready for this, you probably have discovered that you need to be spreading the labia minora (inner lips) as well. Even if you have a relatively small labia minora, spreading it along with the labia majora will result in a much cleaner, well-behaved stream. You do this by spreading your fingers once they are in place inside the outer lips. Wash hands when finished.

Graceful peeing (for advanced pee'ers)

After you have achieved confidance that you can direct your stream reliably, you may choose to use a toilet fixture. After all, this is what alot of this is about! You do not need to remove clothing. Pants may be pulled down alittle bit, with the zipper open. Pants with a higher rise are better (longer zippers). A skirt can be lifted with one hand. The hand you use for making the "V" can slide underwear at the crotch to the side. After you have mastered this well, you conceivably won't even have any drips to wipe!
It is difficult to know how many women can actually perform this feat. Internet research, email feedback, and anecdotal reports indicate that this is quite possible for some women. It is certainly the ultimate goal to achieve!

Hints and Tips

The following information is compiled from the experiences of many women who have tried this method, and succeeded.

What do I do about the stream going down my legs?
What can I do about spray?
What can I do about drips?
How can I get my stream to go where I want it to?
Where can I practice?

What can I do about the stream going down my legs?

This is the most common problem at first. It can usually be solved by figuring out the exact finger placement that works for you, and how much pressure to apply.

Fingers should be placed frontal of the uretheral orfice. The yellow dots on the diagram illustrate this.

It is important to maintain equal pressure on both sides (the yellow dots). The stream should shoot forward about two feet. Don't worry for now if the stream is coarse, or if it sprays; that will improve with practice.

For the most efficient learning experience, it is important how you practice. It may take longer to master the technique if you only try it "once in awhile". It would be ideal to be able to try several times over one session of time.
Plan ahead to find a few hours when you know you can experiment with this. Drink a lot of water ahead of time, so you have to pee frequently. Then, try it several times in one session, over that few hours.

If it still goes down your legs after several tries, a little more investigation is necessary.

First, try spreading your legs alittle furthur apart, and make sure that the labia minora (inner lips) is not obstructing the flow. You may wish to refer back to the anatomy section, and verify that your fingers are actually moving the labia minora far enough aside to expose the utheral orfice.
The job of your fingers is threefold: to spread both the outer and inner lips, to apply just enough pressure inward to control the side-to-side placement of the urethra, and to pull forward to change the angle of the urethra front-to-back.
The urethra is actually a tube that runs from the bladder to the outside (uretheral orfice). In the average women, this tube is angled about 45 degrees towards the front, but average means just that! It's an average. Each woman is different. For now, just concentrate on getting the urine to clear both the inner and outer lips, regardless of where it hits the floor. You just want it NOT to hit your legs. You can control how much "in front" it goes by how much you lift and pull with your fingers. The lifting action changes the angle of the urethra front to back (as opposed to the finger pressure controlling the side-to-side angle slightly).

You may discover that your urethra is already at the 45 degree angle, or even more straight forward. In this case, "lifting" too much is something you don't want to be doing ... it may only distort the urethra instead.

In cases where the urethra is somewhere inbetween straight-down and 45 degrees outward, you might find that pushing your entire pelvis forward may direct the stream more outward. Bend your knees slightly, as if to go into a crouch position, and see if the stream moves forward.

Unfortunately, it is also possible that the urethra is so far back in your body that it cannot be lifted. You might have to settle for "peeing straight down" over a toilet bowl.
The whole key is finding the EXACT placement and pressure of your fingers. You want to control the direction that the stream leaves your body, while not distorting the urethra in the process. It is alittle like learning how to wiggle your ears, but you can do it! It takes practice.

What can I do about spray?

There are several reasons for "spray". One is distortion of the urethra due to improper finger placement. Another is too much (or not enough) force of the stream.

The usual culprit is distortion of the urethra, or urethral orfice, due to incorrect placement of the fingers, or excessive pressure of the fingers, both side-to-side, or forward. This simply takes practice by trial-and-error. You will eventually find a position for your fingers that does not result in spray. Also, make sure that the labia minora is fully retracted, and not interfering with the urethral orfice.

Too full, or too empty of a bladder will affect the force of the stream. Try to adjust how much force you use. Too little force will result in a distorted stream. You need your bladder full enough to start with to obtain a satisfactory stream.

To find out what is wrong, spread your legs, hold back both sets of lips, and pee. DO NOT pull in any direction. The flow should go (almost) straight down. If it does not, pull the lip opposite the direction of the flow. After you are hitting inbetween your feet, pull forward slightly, until the flow strikes a spot about a foot in front of you. From this point, you can pull your lips more (or less) apart, or more-or-less forward to achieve accuracy. Slight side-to-side markswomanship also can be obtained by rotating the hips. It is not unreasonable to be able to hit a small coffee can in a shower stall.

Rare cases

In some cases unfortunately, the urethra is so far back in the body (right up to the vagina), or angled backward, that pulling forward does not work.

In an opposite case, the urethra points almost at a right angle to the floor (straight forward) . You will spray if you try to pull any more forward than that!

If the stream loses pressure when you pull up on the labia, it is possible that the urethra is being squeezed against part of the pelvic bone. You might try pulling the labia flaps forward as you spread them.

In any case, you will learn how your anatomy works by observing where the urine goes naturally, when you do not pull in any direction.

What can I do about drips?

The trick is to start "full force" (after you've determined what that amount of force should be). You don't want to dribble at the start. As the stream weakens, increase the force by squeezing harder. Then, shut it off abruptly just as you sense you would start dribbling at the finish. You empty your bladder almost completely, but not totally.

If may not be possible to avoid a drip or two from the urethra, but, if you've placed your hands correctly, no drops should be lingering on the vulva itself.

If you find drips are unavoidable, a little wad of toilet paper under you before you start will take care of it. Or, you could sew a narrow piece of fabric just under the zipper (elastic is good) and wear it between your panties and pants. Pull it out before you start to pee. It will catch any drips, and protect your pants.

If you have alot of dripping, but still wish to be able to pee standing up, Kegel exercises may help. When practiced properly, they will strengthen the muscles that you use to control the flow.

How can I get my stream to go where I want it to?

A common problem is that the pee stream goes everywhere except where you want it. This is normal when first starting. You are accustomed to being more "specific" -- a trick many men haven't learned! But, if the stream tends to veer off to one side, you can gently pull the labia minora flap that is on the side that your stream is headed. In other words, if your stream veers the right, pull on the right flap of the labia minora.

Where can I practice?

You can safely practice in shower stalls, bathtubs, laundry areas, or even outside (if privacy permits). The drains from shower stalls, bathtubs, and floor drains of laundry areas all go the same place that waste water from toilets go. The occassional pee-on-the-grass will not kill the grass, but not if you soak the same area repeatedly.

If you are lucky enough to have a laundry area with a floor drain, this is ideal. While standing on a towel (remember urine can be slippery) you can spray, drip, squirt, practice markswomanship, or go for distance to your heart's content. A simply "flush" with a bucket of water of the pee into the floor drain takes care of it. Urine should not leave an odor, if flushed soon enough.

Some women with thicker thighs find that the width of a bathtub is not adaquate. One solution is to turn 90 degrees toward the wall (or shower curtain) and shoot against the wall, or shoot into a corner. Flushing may be a problem, unless you have a shower massage unit though. Use your imagination.