P-Mate

Female Urination Device

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If a man finds himself without access to a restroom, he can simply turn his back for privacy. Now, the same can be said for women. Easy to use with everything from pants and shorts to skirts, P-Mate is a disposable, recyclable, cardboard device that allows women to discreetly relieve their bladders while standing—no dropping your drawers required.

Appalled by some of the unsanitary bathroom facilities she encountered while traveling through Indonesia, the Dutch born creator of P-Mate, Moon Zijp, was inspired to come up
with a solution. Thoughtfully engineered to fit neatly in a pocket, purse, or backpack, this leak-free, biodegradable device is ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, musical festivals, tailgating, and more. It has even been used by women in the military.

The folks at P-Mate call it hygienic freedom. We call it a welcome relief from holding it in, withholding liquids, squatting and hovering.

—Adeeva
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Karen
    Karen

    Moon Zijp was traveling through Indonesia, using poorly cleaned facilities and trekking deep into the woods to go to the bathroom, when she first had the idea for P-Mate. Since that day, P-Mate has had a loyal fan base made up of women all around the world. It's been a pleasure to hear their stories, and we hope to hear yours too!

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    7/2/2014 12:21 PM

    what does "3 packages" contain - 3 individual P-Mates?

  • Marcia
    Marcia
    7/2/2014 12:29 PM

    @Kelly Hi Kelly, each package includes 5 P-Mates so you will receive 15 P-Mates.

    Thanks, Marcia

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 12:28 PM

    Hi Kelly, Each pack contains 5 individual P-Mates. So three packages will have 15 P-Mates. Thanks for inquiring!

  • Olson
    Olson
    7/2/2014 12:44 PM

    I don't get it? Which end is up?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 12:47 PM

    @Olson Hi Olson! The large opening is the top of the P-Mate, which is placed against the body. Hope that helps!

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 12:51 PM

    @Olson

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 12:48 PM

    Please show the diagram of how it's supposed to be used. Thank you.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 1:09 PM

    @Guest In lieu of a diagram, here are some detailed instructions: Pop open the P-mate by first squeezing the top front, followed by the back triangle along the fold lines. Unzip and/or slightly lower the front of your pants (or lift skirts and loose shorts), and move one leg of your underwear to the side. Place the large opening of the P-Mate against your body with the narrow end pointing out. The sides of the P-mate should surround the flow area completely, and make firm contact with your body. Straighten your knees and push your bottom backwards, tilting your hips until the tip points slightly down. Relax and let nature do the rest!

  • Donna
    Donna
    7/2/2014 3:14 PM

    @Karen I am confused. With the slim pants we wear today I don't understand how we could possibly slip this item discretely between our legs and then remove it without spilling its contents down our legs. Do you have to wear looser garments for this to work? I also cannot imagine using it in a public place so it has to be more for when you are in a location that allows you to slip behind a bush or other obstacle, is that correct? Donna

  • Karla
    Karla
    7/2/2014 12:48 PM

    Are they water-soluble? How are they disposed of?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 12:53 PM

    @Karla Hi Karla! No, they're not water soluble. I recommend putting them in the trash or recycle bin.

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 12:51 PM

    Okay, this sounds really cool....but I have one question. The guys get to just pee wherever they are standing, as long as it isn't in a bleacher at the baseball stadium, or such......but how do you dispose of the P-mate? Does it seal up? Do I need to carry sealable baggies with me for this pupose? I don't like pee on my hands, especially if I used this because I wasn't close enough to a bathroom, because then I couldn't wash my hands easily, either. So now, do I also need to carry extra wet cloths to wash up with, too? This idea sounds really great, but I'm having trouble envisioning how to use it discreetly and sanitarily. Great if you are a hiker, I think, but what if you are traveling and need to use it in the car? And....I see that you said they are cardboard, so can be discarded. Are they reusable at all, so that if I am able to discard the contents fairly quickly, I could rinse one out and dry it, then refold it and reuse it again later, if needed? How waterproof is it? I really see the benefit of something like this, especially for us older ladies. Just want to understand it a little better and how it all works together. Thank you for your input on it.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/2/2014 12:58 PM

    @Guest What is wrong with withholding beverages? We're adults, no? I can understand people with health issues, or if you are traveling in places where there are no decent toilets available or even little girls, but you just know that there are women who will feel free to use these in fairly public places.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/2/2014 1:00 PM

    @Guest, this was not intentionally directed at you, I meant to reply to the topic and replied in the wrong spot.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 12:59 PM

    @Guest Hi! The P-Mate does not seal up, it works as a funnel, directing the urine away from you, just like a man. If there is no trash can available, yes you can put it in a ziplock bag to dispose of when you get to one. Your hands will not come into contact with any pee when using a P-Mate. If you're going to use it in the car, you would need to have a receptacle to collect the pee. They are a one time use item. It is finely coated in wax and will not get soggy! Hope this answers your questions, thanks for your interest!

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    7/2/2014 1:34 PM

    @Guest, it never hurts to carry a little trial-size bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or small pckg. of wet wipes to clean your hands

  • Deanna
    Deanna
    7/2/2014 3:32 PM

    For Karen: I don't understand why you would need a receptacle in the car in addition to the P-Mate? Are you referring to a moving vehicle?

  • Jamie
    Jamie
    7/2/2014 4:04 PM

    @Guest: There are 2 openings in the device. One goes up against your body, the other is at the opposite end to direct the urine away from your body. If you were in a car you would need a container to catch what was coming out.

  • Diana
    Diana
    7/2/2014 12:57 PM

    Grommet comments will sometimes mention that a product seems too high priced. Yes, something that's innovative; cutting-edge; new-to-the-market, with small manufacturing runs can often cost a bit more. However, here's a case where Grommet pricing is REALLY low! Amazon.com--the experts in low-cost marketing--are selling a pack of 5 P-Mate devices for $7.95. That's $23.85 for the exact same quantity offered by Grommet for only $16.95 -- A SAVINGS OF $6.90! Way To go, Grommet!!!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 1:00 PM

    @Diana : )

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    7/2/2014 1:23 PM

    I was also impressed when I realized the pricing, but in my case, 15 would be a lifetime supply, so it's probably not a savings. I appreciate knowing I can get them from Amazon in smaller quantities. Just sayin' sometimes options are good.

  • Carol
    Carol
    7/2/2014 2:54 PM

    Barbara - just think what terrific gifts these would make for your gal pals who love to camp or hike, or occasionally have trouble making it between rest stops! Just a thought....

  • Susan
    Susan
    7/2/2014 1:00 PM

    Please show the diagram how it fits & works. It is briefly viewed but I want to really make sure I understand how it works.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 1:01 PM

    @Susan Hi Susan! I am working on posting a diagram now : )

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 1:16 PM

    @Karen There are quite a few youtube videos showing how to use this and other similar products!

  • Kay
    Kay
    7/2/2014 1:30 PM

    @Guest

  • Diana
    Diana
    7/2/2014 1:08 PM

    Wow this sounds cool, good for festivals, better than peeing on yourself! LOL!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 1:10 PM

    @Diana It's great for festivals!

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 1:14 PM

    I assume when you have finished, you pour out the contents somewhere....then fold up the cardboard & put into a plastic bag....correct?

  • Marcia
    Marcia
    7/2/2014 1:27 PM

    @Guest Hi, Actually the P-Mate works like a funnel so there is nothing to pour out when you are done!

    Marcia @ the grommet

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 1:33 PM

    @Guest As it was stated in the thread above, it acts like a funnel of sorts, so like a man the pee will hit the ground. When your done shake it off (if you want) and put it in a plastic baggie to dispose of later. Simple and easy concept.

    Love this idea.

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 1:10 PM

    If you have ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you know these would be a huge help. You should set up a booth at every parade..you'd make a fortune! I appreciate some of the comments about "washing hands after", "doesn't seem sanitary"....trust me this would be a lot more sanitary than some of the restrooms and portapotties I've had to use!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 1:13 PM

    @Guest Mardi Gras would be an amazing place to set up shop!

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 1:33 PM

    @Karen Nice idea but I will stick to using a paper plate or other similar device when I know I might be caught without a place to go. Its my fly guy!

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 1:36 PM

    @Guest and others - Many people do not know this but urine is sterile!! Yep, sterile. Even if you get a little on your hands, there are no germs. You might get some gems from the act of using the device but otherwise, it appears quite sanitary. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer if it makes you feel better. Not to be graphic but the main reason for hand washing after "going #1" is the fact that we touch ourselves and there typically are going to be some germs exchanged to your hands by doing so but if you can perform this witout touching yourself, you aren't "contaminated" afterwards, just relieved!! Geat idea...buying some for my wife!

  • Dee
    Dee
    7/2/2014 2:23 PM

    @Guest It is illegal to urinate in public in New Orleans and they do actually arrest people for it! In addition, I would hope that you would have the courtesy to use this product in at least a semi-private area a place away from other people!

  • Lorie
    Lorie
    7/2/2014 3:46 PM

    @Guest, everything i've read indicates that urine is NOT sterile. https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/gory-details/urine-not-sterile-and-neither-rest-you

    I couldn't find any citation to the contrary, just a whole lot of sources that confirm that is a myth. I just wouldn't want people to think that washing their hands is no longer necessary. It's always good policy. P.S. Love this product!

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 1:23 PM

    What quantity of urine does it hold? I'm thinking if you really, really, REALLY had to go, the amount of urine might exceed the capacity f the P-Mate, and then it'd be the Johnstown Flood!

  • Marcia
    Marcia
    7/2/2014 1:28 PM

    @Guest Hi, The P-Mate opens up like a funnel so you do not need to worry about the capacity.

    Thanks for your question.

    Marcia

  • Kay
    Kay
    7/2/2014 1:31 PM

    @Marcia I get it, it doesn't hold anything, right? It goes on the ground, therefore why you can't use in car without a container. To the others wanting a diagram, just pause the video on the diagram.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 1:31 PM

    @Guest The P-Mate does not hold the urine, it has a hole in the tip which directs the urine away from your body. It works much like a guys' equipment does : )

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 1:37 PM

    @Karen Great idea Kay!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    7/2/2014 2:03 PM

    Hi All,

    Here is a picture of the diagram.

  • Wilma
    Wilma
    7/2/2014 4:12 PM

    @Amy

    As a 60+ year old woman, I cannot begin to imagine trying to stand up to pee or even how to get through the layers of clothes to place this device. Then you STILL have to worry about pee splatter, wiping to dry and disposal of the device.

    It's a huge NO for me.

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    7/2/2014 2:01 PM

    Don't underwear get in the way? Men have a hole in the front of theirs, do women have to remove theirs or not wear them to use this?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 2:07 PM

    @Kelly Hi Kelly, all you need to do is pull one leg of your underwear over to the side and put the P-Mate in place!

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn
    7/2/2014 2:06 PM

    I thought of another use for this product. Often, when I must take a urine test I can never seem to get the sample in the cup. This should be supplied for use in physicians' offices & labs. Although the new use would not necessarily be to pee while standing but instead to capture pee when needed for urine tests. Tell me if you think this is a good way to extend the use of this product.

    Congratulations on this invention!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 2:08 PM

    @Kathryn Absolutely! We have quite a few medical facilities that supply these to their patients.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 2:20 PM

    No undressing necessary. Merely unzip your pants and move your underwear to the side. Put the P-Mate in place and you’re good to go! The P-Mate acts like a funnel, directing your pee out and away, protecting your feet and clothing.

    The P-mate is the ideal companion for campers, hunters, birders and fisherwomen; boaters, kayakers and river rafters; runners, hikers and mountaineers; cyclists, motorcyclists, and horseback riders; skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers; search and rescue teams, peace corps workers, forest service workers, landscapers, golfers, pilots, truck drivers, fire and policewomen, postal workers, FBI agents, private detectives, women in the military, and the transgender population.

    Use the P-Mate in portable or public toilets, at outdoor festivals and concerts, on nature excursions, in sporting events, during pregnancy, while recovering from surgery or for other medical conditions, and in planes, trains, and automobiles.

    Women deserve the discretion, hygiene and dignity that the P-mate provides. Don’t risk health issues by restricting your liquid intake or holding it in. Use the P-mate. Relax, be free and pee!

  • Linda
    Linda
    7/2/2014 2:56 PM

    Awesome idea!

    How long do you think the material will remain viable? For example, if I store some in my car's glove compartment, how long will they still be usable (not tear, leak, etc)?

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    7/2/2014 2:24 PM

    ATTENTION MEN!

    This is a really handy item to have in your emergency supplies! In case of evacuation such as in a hurricane or other disaster, all public facilities will be overwhelmed. Waiting in line at a rest stop for over an hour while a disaster is bearing down upon you is not a good option.

    Buy these for your women, include them in your emergency bag and remember to take some camping next time! Even just traveling under normal conditions, most public bathrooms are nasty! Be a hero and put some in the glove box.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 2:27 PM

    @Jeff What a guy!

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/2/2014 2:33 PM

    Great product - you may have another market for this: women in the military. When I was on road marches/field missions in the Army, we'd get quick 5 minute, in place, breaks. The guys would just face away and pee, but the women were trapped by both the need to stay in the formation and the time/trouble to get out of and back in all of the gear to do the deed. Oh, how I had penis-envy then!!! If I could have purchased these then, I would have! I'm not sure how you'd do it but you should present this product to the US Army Post Exchange or AAFES. Thanks!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 2:34 PM

    @Guest YES!

  • angela
    angela
    7/2/2014 2:42 PM

    Wish I had this 20 years ago- this is something outdoorsy women have needed for a long time :)

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    7/2/2014 3:46 PM

    Having the cardboard trash to dispose of doesn't seem like a good solution. Hitchhiking through sub-Saharan Africa, I used a contraption from Sierra Club - a funnel with a tube attached. I could direct the pee to the ground with no splash (the cardboard funnel seems like it would still allow splashing of one's shoes) or into a plastic drink bottle, which I could then cap and pour out later, then rinse for re-use. The funnel folded and with the coiled tubing could fit into a small sealable bag, to be rinsed when I had a chance. Undeveloped countries have no infrastructure for waste removal so trash is a bad idea.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    7/2/2014 3:54 PM

    @Margaret Hi Margaret, it is true there are reusable devices, though many women are not comfortable with something that needs washing. Additionally, the reusable devices tend to be bulky and cannot be carried easily in a pocket or purse. The P-Mate directs the pee far enough away from the body that there is no splashing!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    7/2/2014 4:24 PM

    Congratulations, absolutely brilliant!

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