Plastic Takes Practice: Learning to Use the pStyle

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Hiya folks, Lisa (@lunaplaids) here! I’m so happy to bring you our 2nd guest blog cross-post from my friend Samson about their experience using the pStyle. What has been your experience with the pStyle? Did it click for you right away, or did it take some practice? Any tips or advice for others? I would also encourage you to check out this video review by Dr. Ruthie. Now, onto the post!

I wrote about having a period as a genderqueer person, and Lunapads asked to cross-post it, as I discussed reusable pads as an option I use in managing my period. (The cross-posted version is here!) As a thank-you, they asked to send me some goodies.

When the padded envelope arrived, I snagged it out of my mailbox on my way in the door. As I set the rest of my things down, I frowned, curiously squeezing it: there was something rigid inside. I couldn’t imagine what it was. As soon as I pulled the adhesive open, though, I knew it was a pStyle.

The first thing I did was whip out my phone to tweet Lunapads an ecstatically gleeful thanks. The second thing I did was whip out the pStyle and run to the bathroom.

I suppose everyone who pees standing up had a first time too, and you know that it’s awkward. It takes practice. I felt like a five-year-old: pants at my ankles, shins snugged right up against the bowl. I was probably squinting in concentration.

It was awesome.

And that surprised me.

Standing or sitting to pee was never something I had dysphoria about. I’d been curious about stand-to-pee devices (hence knowing exactly what the pStyle was), but in my slow acquisition of things (Ace bandage, check. Packer, check. pstyle in hand Plastic Takes Practice: Learning to Use the pStyleActual binder [and never ever binding with an Ace again], check. Harness, check. Harness tools, check.) I’d never really considered getting one.

But man, this felt great. Was it gender-related? Maybe it was just something about standing. Maybe it was the particular nerves the STP was hitting. Maybe it’s just that I’d never tried it before, never known how cool it was–

I suddenly remembered being six and longing to stand up to pee. I remembered sitting backwards on the toilet, which was about as close as I thought I could get. I remembered how good that felt–good, but not enough.

I thought I’d never sit down to pee at home again. Then one day it was more convenient to just sit to pee real quick, and since then the pStyle has been in my bathroom cabinet. But I’m still intrigued by how great it felt, and I know it’s something I’ll try again.

And, six-year-old self: one day you’ll do it and it’ll be just as awesome as you imagined!

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  • Amber

    Bathroom cupboard??? How about one in your car or in your bag or in a pouch on your belt! Mine is never far away, in fact I have several! One in my firefighting turnout gear (volunteer fire fighter and it’s nearly impossible to get out of that gear for a pee…) one in my car and one on me most of the time. I work outside teaching horseriding and training horses and on the road a lot of the time and the convenience of a Pstyle is just amazing! How did I ever do without one?
    Never had any trouble using mine, tried at home in the toilet first but so easy to use no need to “get used to it” at all.