Urine Play (Golden Showers, Watersports)

Urine Play (Golden Showers, Watersports)

Urine play is sexual play involving urine (pee).

The Appeal:

  • The Wetness: Those engaging in urine play may become aroused by the high levels of wetness that urinating provides.
  • The Taboo: As urine is not culturally valued, those that engage in play with urine may find they become aroused due to breaking cultural taboos.
  • Humiliation Play: Those who choose to be urinated upon may get turned on by the humiliation of the act. Those who choose to urinate upon another may be aroused by humiliating someone else.
  • Sounds: For some, the arousal from urine play comes from the noises that are made during the urination process.
  • Physiological Feeling: For the partner who is urinating, there can be arousal felt due to the physiological feeling of release.
  • Other Factors: Other factors that may induce arousal during urine play are the smell and temperature of the urine.

Safety: Urine is a generally sterile substance. If it splashes or comes into contact with skin, it is generally harmless unless it comes into contact with open wounds. If urine is being ingested, anything that a person’s partner has ingested (including medications or supplements) has a chance of being present in trace elements within the urine. If the partner urinating has a bacterial infection, those bacteria may be present in the urine, and contact with urine and mucous membranes should be avoided. In theory, bacteria causing STIs may also be present in the urine, and could be passed if they come into contact with mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, throat, urethra, vagina, anus). Because of the sodium content in urine (especially in concentrated urine), consuming urine in high quantities could lead to dehydration.

Important Note: It is essential that players establish consent and discuss boundaries before engaging in any type of sexual play.

Urine Therapy: Urine play and urine therapy are two different activities. Urine therapy is where someone ingests urine because of its purported healing effects. Urine play is specifically concerned with sexual arousal due to play with urine.

A Normal Variation of Sexual Expression: Although culturally, urine play may be considered abnormal, the only ‘normal’ element in the realm of human desire is variation — every human being will express their needs and desires in different forms. If the play is being done in a consensual and non-coercive manner, then it is simply another variation in human desire, regardless of how it fits in with societal taboos or expectations of normalcy.

Counseling: Because urine play can be a part of natural variation of human desire, counseling is not necessary if the players do not feel it necessary. However, if counseling is sought specifically to understand more about the desire, or for any sort of issue (sexual or non-sexual) where urine play may come up, it is important to seek a sex-positive counselor or therapist as they are specifically trained to create a comfortable space in which to discuss the activity.

When to Be Concerned: Although engaging in urine play itself should not be a reason for concern, there are certain behaviors that may necessitate professional help. If you or a partner are engaging in any of the following behaviors, it may be time to seek the help of a sex-positive counselor or therapist:

  • If you find yourself fixated upon the play, obsessing over the play, or missing out on everyday activities (i.e. work, school, social activities, etc) to engage in the play.
  • If you need to engage in this sexual behavior to feel fully sexually satisfied
  • If you find yourself being coerced into engaging in the play when you don’t want to.
  • If you find yourself coercing others to engage in the play.
  • If you find yourself feeling angry, annoyed, frustrated, or upset that your partner refuses to try this behavior, or that you partner simply doesn’t want to engage in this behavior more than once or twice a year.