Review: GoGirl

The GoGirl is what is known as a female urination device, also commonly called a stand to pee device. Now, as many of you know, my partner is FTM Transgendered, meaning he was physically born female and is transitioning to physically become male. One of the dilemmas that many Transmen face is peeing effectively in public male restrooms. Some men's bathrooms have stalls, but most usually just feature the average urinals. So, the question is, how does a Transman successfully pee standing up, while lacking the advantage that biomen are born with? There are a few answers to this question, including different varieties of prosthetic STP (stand to pee) devices, or simpler devices that are essentially tubing. The GoGirl is unique in that it is the first product I have seen that actually functions like a concentrated funnel. I was skeptical if it would work, to be honest, but I desperately wanted to know. And so, with a little uncertainty and a lot of hope, I humbly requested to test out some of their products. I was so excited when I received my GoGirls in the mail! I spent the next several days drinking an impressive amount of water and running to the bathroom to test out my GoGirl every chance I got! I actually received 3 GoGirls. Two lavender, and one khaki colored. The khaki was for my partner to experiment with, the lavender were for me. Yes, I was curious myself. I hate public restrooms. They're always so grody, and I honestly never feel very safe even hovering above those toilet seats. I was praying that I'd found an easier solution. In some ways, I did, and in some ways, I did not. The GoGirl is awesome at what it does, but it also has its own set of drawbacks that I will discuss a little bit later in this review. Alright, on to the product itself.

The GoGirl is made of a thin layer of super flexible medical grade silicone. The material is surprisingly durable, as well as earth friendly, considering a single GoGirl can be reused again and again. The suppleness of the GoGirl is what makes it so convenient to travel with. In actual size, the GoGirl is about 6 1/2" long, and 4" at its widest point. However, with a little practice it can quickly be folded into a 3" by 2" form, and stashed either just in your pocket or purse, or in the small plastic tube it  is originally packaged in.  The easiest way I've found to refold my GoGirl for travel is this: flatten the front end of the GoGirl's opening against the back end, so that the small tube end lifts and becomes slightly erect. Proceed to fold the tube end up and flatten against the previously folded opening. Press your finger in the center of the form, and fold it in half. Then roll it up in the provided bag, snap a rubber band around it, or squeeze it back in its original packaging. Just for reference, the plastic tube it comes in is 3 1/2" long, by 1 1/2" in diameter. Lets talk a bit more about the design of the product itself though. The GoGirl somewhat resembles a 'y' in shape, with a large, curved opening at the top that tapers down into a small narrow funnel. The end of the funnel has a rectangular slit out of which the liquid will flow. The specific shape of the opening helps to contain splatter and concentrate your stream. The last thing you need is piss all over the toilet seat, after all. Really, its a great design, and you'd think it would ensure that the GoGirl would work flawlessly. But yet, I still experienced issues with it.

I don't want to use the word temperamental to describe this product. That doesn't exactly explain it properly. It's more like.. the GoGirl has a specific way it should be used. That specific way may be different for you than it is for me, and you really just have to experiment with it until you find what works (I suggest doing so in the shower until you're confident in your pissing abilities). The thing is, if you vary from this specific method of use, you may very well end up with some drops of piss in your panties, or worse. The best advice I can give you is practice, practice, practice! First of all, the GoGirl must be held a certain way. You need to grasp it with your wrist tilted forward and down, so that your fingers support the back of the device, and your thumb rests on the front. Pull down your pants (thigh level is good, but knee level is better), and try to cup the GoGirl tightly against your labia so that it forms a seal. Don't press it too hard against your body, and try not to squash it in your hand, however, as that will compromise the shape of the funnel and make it more likely that you'll have an accident. You want to hold it gently, yet firmly, in place. You can bend your knees a little if you feel more comfortable doing so, or stand up ramrod straight like most men. It's all about preference at this point. Do your best to relax, to overcome the fear that you're going to pee your pants, and then just go. This is the point where you might encounter an issue. These are the problems I've experienced with the GoGirl: 1) If you haven't formed a good enough seal, you might have some drippage out the back of the device. It is imperative that you do your best to position it along the length of your outer lips so that the device stops even as far back as your vaginal opening. 2) If you have a particularly heavy piss stream, or have to pee really really bad, the device may end up overflowing. It is, after all, a funnel. Liquid slowly drains out of it, and therefore if it's filling up faster than it's going out, you're going to have an issue. My partner experienced this the most, and was unable to remedy it. Unfortunately for this reason, the device was not a good fit for him. I've noticed this dilemma as well on occasion, but I can slow down or even stop my pee stream if necessary, so it hasn't really been a problem for me. 3) After you've finished peeing, you have to do this awkward move where you continue to hold the GoGirl in place while you reach for some TP or something else to wipe off with. Believe me, it's a good idea to do this before removing the device as you will be a bit.. wet. Some drops of urine also tend to accumulate on the flat lip where the device meets your body, so if you're not careful, you might go flinging pee around. When you're finished, either wipe the inside of the GoGirl down with a bit of TP, rinse it under the sink, or (if you're really roughing it, say camping) just shake it off the best you can and fold it back up. Soap and warm water will do to clean it when that's available to you. As its silicone, it can also be boiled to disinfect it.

Despite a few small difficulties during use, the GoGirl is still a great item for all those interested in being able to stand to pee. Excellent for Transmen, germaphobes, campers, bikers, runners, road trips, and more. It's a really versatile product that can be used in a multitude of circumstances! It's also effective at what it does. Okay, sure, this probably won't be your chosen method of urination in the comfort of your own home. But when you're outdoors, or out on the town, the GoGirl is a very handy gizmo to have on hand. A big thanks to the folks at Go-Girl for letting me take their product for a test drive!

This product was provided to Tales from the ToiBox for free by Go-Girl in exchange for an unbiased review. 

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3 comments:

Mistress Kay said...

I've been looking at the GoGirl for awhile now. Such a neat idea.

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I thought I might see a review of this here! I was tempted to try it out myself

Splendwhore said...

It's pretty cool, just takes some practice to get your 'form' right. Lol! =)

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