A Kenyan woman has come up with an innovative solution to enable women pee while standing.
Dubbed the Susu Cup, Njeri Muthaka has been campaigning for the peeing cup since last year. In an exclusive interview with The Nairobian, Njeri opened up on what led her to advocate for the use of the rubber device.
According to Njeri, the Susu Cup can play a key role in prevention of urinary tract infections in women.
“I have enjoyed the convenience and health aspect of this female urination cup. Knowing what women go through after they use dirty toilets, I have decided to enlighten women about it.
“I tell men this is a silly gift to their lovers than can go a long way in keeping them away from urinary tract infections. These infections are messy and those who have gone through this ordeal know what I am talking about,” she told the publication.
Peeing in the bush
“We find it hard to pee in the open even if we can find a thicket to hide. In public toilets we are exposed to infections and while in the open we are exposed to dust, insects and getting pricked.
“We too want to urinate comfortably, whistling without undressing a lot. With it, we can even share urinals with men,” she said.
The Susu Cup reportedly costs Sh200 and according to Njeri, “there is no spill if you use it correctly.
“After use, you just shake or rinse it, fold and pack it in your bag but later wash it with soap.”
Though seemingly new in the Kenyan market, the Susu Cup, also referred to as a female urination device, female urination aid, or stand-to-pee device (STP) was patented as far back as 1922.
They are mostly used for medical reasons, outdoor activities and in the armed forces.