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Urophilia

Updated: APRIL 11, 2024
Reviewed by Marla Stewart
on June 27, 2023

Piss play refers to the use of urine for sexual pleasure and gratification. Categorized as being a form of salirophilia, which brings sexual satisfaction from disheveling, dirtying, or soiling a partner or receiving this treatment. Piss play is a slang term for urine play or erotic urination. It is also called watersports. When it ascends to the degree of a fetish, it is described as urolagnia.

What does piss play involve?

Piss play may involve a wide variety of urine-based activities. People may enjoy golden showers, where one person urinates on or near a sexual partner. Piss play may also involve urophagia, or the drinking of urine. This might involve drinking straight urine or adding it to another drink. Clothes wetting and the wearing of urine-soaked clothes can be another element of piss play. Deliberately urinating during sex, either inside or outside partner, is also a form of piss play. There may also be a voyeuristic element for people who enjoy watching a partner delay relieving themselves or using a toilet. Some people interested in piss play also use their partner like a human urinal. People who share this kink may socialize together at piss parties, where piss play is commonplace and celebrated.

Kaylee Rose Friedman, a psychotherapist specializing in BDSM and kink, said people may enjoy piss play for many reasons. “For some people, it’s simply the sensation of warm liquid running down their body, for some it is the power exchange or degradation element between the giver and receiver. For some, it’s the trust and vulnerability involved in doing something that is so taboo,” she explained. Some people may also experiment with piss play simply to try something different.

How common is this kink?

It’s difficult to determine how common piss play is, as many people prefer to keep their kinky sexual practices private. However, a study of 4,000 Americans conducted by Dr. Justin Lehmiller found that 32% of people identifying as men and 15% of people identifying as women had sexual fantasies about urine. British sexologist Havelock Ellis, Ricky Martin, American porn actress Annie Sprinkle and Patrice O’Neal have all spoken openly about their sexual interest in urine. The formal term for these people and others interested in piss play is urophiliacs.

While there can be some crossover, piss play differs from a diaper fetish. People may wear and urinate in a diaper if they have a diaper fetish, but many people engage in piss play without diapers.

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