Getting up at night to use the bathroom is often thought of as a problem mainly for older men. Not so—two in three women over age 40 wake up at least once each night because of a full bladder. And nearly half of them make two or more nighttime trips to the bathroom. They were asked questions related to possible reasons for nocturia, the medical term for getting up to urinate twice or more per night. Factors that increased the likelihood that a woman woke at night to urinate included older age, having had a hysterectomy, having hot flashes, and using vaginal estrogen. Until now, many clinicians thought that women who woke at night to urinate had some disorder causing the problem. So it comes as a surprise that many of the women had no other urinary problems, such as an overactive bladder or leaking urine when coughing stress incontinence.
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Want to avoid using public restrooms right now? I do too. I never had penis envy until the coronavirus pandemic took away all the places I could easily pee when I was away from home. No matter our genitalia, as we all navigate the current circumstances—opting for road travel over airline flights, meeting friends for socially distanced outside playdates—we have to eliminate our waste somewhere including, as a last resort, outdoors. Over a period of several weeks, I tested a combination of 20 pee funnels, urinal pouches, and portable toilet seats. I then asked a colleague who has a penis to test the urinal pouches, too. Sturdy and accommodating yet packable, the Tinkle Belle is easy to use and clean. Thru-hikers, truck drivers, and field researchers have long devised innovative solutions for peeing while on the go. And for people with vulvas, female urination devices—colloquially and more inclusively called pee funnels—have been a game changer. To figure out the best tools to help me overcome my urinary anatomical limitations, I spent a lot of time in my bathroom and backyard peeing on and into 18 different disposable and reusable funnels.
The designers studied the form of male urinals to create a solution for people who need to sit down to urinate — a position that leaves people more vulnerable. We did that so we don't have these vulnerable feeling of squatting down — you are eye level is at the same height as someone standing. Lapee can hook up to an existing sewage system if its available, but it also has its own 1, litre tank so it can stand alone and collect liquid waste for processing. With the tank removed, Lapees can be stacked, making them easy to transport on the back of a truck. Weighing kilograms when empty, Lapee is made from recyclable polyethylene, a hardwaring plastic that means it can be hosed down for cleaning and withstand the knocks of an outdoor event. Lapee was trialled at the Roskilde Festival, a music festival in Denmark attended by , revellers. The problem of women needing a safe and convenient place to pee has been tackled by several other designers recently. Anna Meddaugh designed NightLoo, a reusable toilet in a box for women in refugee camps to use at night in their tents and dispose of in the morning. Dezeen Weekly is a curated newsletter that is sent every Thursday, containing highlights from Dezeen.
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