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Blood in Your Urine

If you notice blood in your urine (which is called hematuria), you should consult your doctor.  Although in some cases blood in your urine is not serious, it can also be a sign of a medical problem.  It is difficult to tell if the blood in your urine is harmless or if it is a sign of a disease, but your doctor can order tests to figure out what is causing it.

If your doctor determines that the blood in your urine has been caused by a medical condition, you will likely be given a treatment to resolve the root cause of the problem.  Once the problem is gone, the blood in your urine should be, too.  There isn’t really a specific treatment for bloody urine itself.  It is usually treated as part of a wider problem.

There are several likely places where the blood in your urine may have come from.  The bladder, kidneys, ureters (which connect the kidneys and bladder) or the urethra (which carries urine out of the body from the bladder) are all possibilities.  It is also possible that the blood came from somewhere else entirely, such as a cut in the skin that is bleeding or the vagina.

What Conditions Are Associated with Blood in Urine?

You can sometimes see blood in your urine- this will turn it an abnormal color, such as red, brownish red, pink or the color of tea.  However, on some occasions the blood isn’t visible and you find out about it because it was found in a urine sample you gave. 

If you are female, it is possible that the blood in your urine is related to menstruation.  For a short period of time after a period, lab tests may find red blood cells in your urine sample. 
If you have blood in your urine in addition to other symptoms, the likelihood that a medical condition is causing it is higher.  The following are possible causes of blood in urine:
• Kidney or bladder stones (urinary stones). Other symptoms you may experience include severe pain in the pelvic area or abdominal pain.

• Kidney infection. This is also known as pyelonephritis. Symptoms include lower back pain, fever and chills.

• Bladder or urinary tract infections (UTI). Symptoms of UTIs vary, but commonly include frequent urge to urinate and pain during urination. Babies that have urinary tract infections may run a fever, lose interest in eating and display signs of irritability.

• Enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. Early stage prostate cancer may not have any symptoms. Later, symptoms such as difficulty urinating, swelling in the legs, discomfort in the pelvic area and bone pain may be present.

• Sickle cell anemia. This disease is present at birth, but symptoms may not show until a few months later. Symptoms can be extreme and life-threatening. They include restriction of blood flow to organs or extremities, pain and many other serious symptoms. 

• Cystic kidney diseases. There are dozens of different types of cystic kidney diseases. All involve cysts on the kidneys. Some become apparent early in life, while others show up after age 50.

• Glomerulonephritis.  This is an inflammation in the kidneys. 

• Tumors in the urinary tract or prostate.

• Injury to the kidneys.

• Extremely vigorous exercise.

•Some medications, such as penicillin, heparin, phenazopyridine, cyclophosphamide and aspirin.

Foods & Dyes Can Make Urine Look Like It Has Blood In It

Some food dyes can turn your urine red or orange, which might look like your urine has blood in it.  Sometimes people will not realize they have ingested food dyes.  This is often the case when they take a product like AZO, an over-the-counter medication for urinary pain.  The change in urine color caused by food dyes is harmless and will go away once you stop ingesting the dye.

If you eat a lot of beets, it can turn your urine red.

Reasons You May Have Blood in Your Urine

There are many medical conditions that can make your urine bloody, and you need to know what they are if you’re seeing red in the toilet:

• UTI Infection
• Kidney Stones
• Bladder Stones
• Trauma
• Clotting
• Medications
• Cancer

Blood in urine is related to all of these conditions. If you’re seeing red when you should be seeing yellow, call your physician and schedule an appointment.  Don’t assume hematuria will go away on its own, especially if you are a bit older.

To find out the cause of your bloody urine for sure, you’ll have to see your doctor. Without the appropriate tests, it is difficult to tell what might be causing the problem.

If you’ve recently experienced any type of trauma, perhaps from a car accident or sports injury, you may very well have bloody urine for that reason.

Seniors especially should pay attention to any blood in their urine.  Men who are over the age of 50 should always get regular prostate checks to ensure prostate health.


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Infections that Cause Stinky Urine

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)

Sexually transmitted diseases can cause stinky urine, especially one called Trichomonas… MORE... 




UTI Infections (Urinary Tract Infections)

Urinary Tract Infections are bacterial infections that most commonly affect the bladder and urethra…MORE...




Yeast Infections


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Sexually Transmitted Diseases that Cause Stinky Urine: Trichomoniasis

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) can cause smelly urine in some cases. Other related conditions can also be the cause, however. Examples include:

  • UTI Infections (Urinary Tract Infections or UTI’s)
  • Yeast Infections
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases that Cause Stinky Urine

If you believe an STD might be the cause of your stinky urine, you should see a doctor or take an STD test. Visiting your doctor is the best option for determining the cause of stinky urine as well as for being evaluated for STD’s.

Read on to find out more about the top three STD’s that typically cause foul smelling urine.

Trichomoniasis and Stinky Urine

Yeast Infections and Stinky UrineTrichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that causes smelly urine, among other symptoms.

Trichomoniasis is an infection caused by a protozoan parasite (Trichomonas vaginalis). The parasite kills its hosts’ cells for food. Most of the time, this infection takes hold in the vagina or urethra. It can then start causing stinky urine as one of its symptoms.

 Symptoms usually begin from 5 to 28 days after contracting trichomoniasis, if they occur at all.

Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Women

Although trichomoniasis can infect both men and women, women are more likely to have symptoms from it. These may include:

  • Foul smelling urine
  • Pain/discomfort during sex
  • Painful or uncomfortable urination
  • Itching, burning and inflammation in the cervix, vagina or urethra
  • Vaginal discharge- usually yellow-green in color, frothy and fishy-smelling
  • Occasionally, this STD may cause pain in the lower abdomen

Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Men

Some men who become infected with trichomoniasis show no symptoms. However, when symptoms do appear, they may include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Irritation in the penis
  • Irritation/burning after ejaculating
  • Irritation/burning after urinating
  • Stinky urine

Keep in mind that even if symptoms go away, this does not necessarily mean the trichomoniasis has gone away.

Complications from Trichomoniasis

Regardless of your gender, you should not skip treatment for trichomoniasis or any other STD. Doing so increases your risk of certain health problems later. For the STD trichomoniasis, these include:

  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Increased risk of cervical cancer or prostate cancer
  • Increased risk of transmitting HIV

To protect yourself against trichomoniasis and other STD’s, always practice safe sex.

How Do I Get Tested for Trichomoniasis?

While at-home test kits exist for STD’s such as HIV, gonorrhea and Chlamydia, no such test exists for trichomoniasis and many other STD’s. Therefore, it is important to get tested for STD’s according to your doctor’s instructions.

Another way to get tested for STD’s is to do STD testing online. You schedule the test online and then you need only go to the lab. Your results will be available to you online afterwards.

The way STD testing online works is you schedule a time to go to a testing lab near you (usually there are so many locations that you’ll find one very close by). The STD testing center is confidential and the test usually only takes a few minutes. Then you will receive your test results online. Many companies send your results fast- within 1-2 days.

STD testing online is also good if you want to do the test before seeing your doctor.

Do not let embarrassment or fear stop you from getting an STD test. Put your health first!

There are several major companies that offer STD testing online, including:



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Top 10 Causes of Stinky Urine Part 3

The Most Common Causes of Stinky Urine (continued)


Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections can cause a foul odor that seems as though it is coming from urine when in actuality, it is coming from the vagina. Yeast infections can also cause itching, burning and soreness in the genital area…MORE



Asparagus Causes Stinky Urine

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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

UTI Infections

A common cause of stinky urine is a urinary tract infection.  Usually, other symptoms will appear as well, such as pain when urinating, blood in urine and constantly feeling as though you need to urinate…MORE








#1: Dehydration

The #1 cause of stinky urine is dehydration, usually caused by not drinking enough water…MORE

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STD’s and Stinky Urine: Chlamydia

STDChlamydia is one STD that may cause smelly urine as a symptom.

Chlamydia is an infection, usually of the genitals or eyes, caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common STD in the U.S. and in the U.K. In the U.S., about 1 million people have Chlamydia.

Although this infection is transmitted sexually, via vaginal, anal or oral sex, it can also be transmitted to a baby if the mother has it.

Chlamydia often causes no symptoms in women, while in men it tends to cause multiple symptoms. The most common are a white discharge from the penis and pain during urination.

Even if you do not have any symptoms, it is vital that the infection still be treated. Otherwise, it may cause problems more serious than smelly pee- including testicular pain and pelvic inflammatory disease.

50% to 80% of women with Chlamydia have no symptoms. However, they are still as much at risk of complications as women who do. Pelvic inflammatory disease can result from this STD, causing uterine and fallopian tube scarring that cause ectopic pregnancies, infertility and complications in pregnancy. In addition, females with Chlamydia are 500% more likely to contract HIV.

Symptoms in women, when present, may include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Foul smelling urine
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain during urination
  • Frequent urge to urinate

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Men

Half of all men who get Chlamydia will experience inflammation of the urethra, which causes pain/burning during urination. It may also cause a light colored discharge from the penis, tender/swollen testicles or fever.

Left untreated, Chlamydia can cause testicular pain and sterility.

How Can I Get Tested for Chlamydia?

You can get tested for Chlamydia and other STD’s by seeing a doctor, using an at-home test kit or using STD testing online.

You can get STD test kits to complete at home, then you would send in the test. The lab will analyze it and you will get your results privately.

STD testing online is an excellent choice because it saves time, money and it maintains your privacy.

Many communities have an STD clinic where free or lower cost STD tests are conducted. Some are run by the local government and others are private, such as Planned Parenthood.

Diagnosing Chlamydia

Your doctor can have you tested for Chlamydia.  This involves either taking a swab of the inside of the penis or cervix or testing your urine.  It is also possible to test yourself for Chlamydia using an at-home test kit.

Treatment for Chlamydia 

Chlamydia is treated using prescription antibiotics. Partners should be treated at the same time to keep from re-infecting each other.

Don’t forget that antibiotics can sometimes cause smelly urine.


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Gonorrhea & Stinky Urine

GonorrheaGonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that is also known as “The Clap”. Left untreated, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease or infection in the testicles. It is also possible for the infection to spread to other parts of the body, which could cause problems with joints or heart valves.

Men with gonorrhea typically notice a burning sensation during urination and a discharge coming from the penis. While many women with this STD do not have any symptoms, gonorrhea can sometimes cause pain in the pelvic area and vaginal discharge.

Symptoms of Gonorrhea Up to half of all women with gonorrhea have no symptoms.  Symptoms include:

  • Smelly urine
  • Pain in the lower abdominal area
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex

Men who have gonorrhea may have symptoms such as pain/burning when urinating or discharge from the penis.  Both Men and Women May Have the Following Symptoms:

  • Sore throat (if infection of the throat occurred)
  • Skin lesions (rare)
  • Joint pain and swelling (rare)

Oral sex can transmit gonorrhea and cause an infection of the throat.  This sort of infection most often causes no symptoms.  In the 10% of people who do show symptoms of a gonorrhea throat infection, a sore throat is noted. Most symptoms appear within 4 to 6 days after acquiring the infection, but gonorrhea’s incubation period is anywhere from 2 to 14 days. Although it is rare, people with compromised immune systems can suffer from the infection spreading to their heart or spinal column.

Treatment for Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics.  However, the disease is beginning to become resistant to antibiotic treatment, so your doctor will have to decide which antibiotic is best.

Your partner should also be treated for gonorrhea at the same time you are, or you could be re-infected after treatment.

It is very common for people to catch gonorrhea and Chlamydia at the same time, so be sure you are tested for STD’s besides gonorrhea.

STD Testing

If you suspect you could have gonorrhea or any other STD, you should get tested for STD’s.

STD testing online is a good option if you just want the STD test done before making an appointment with a doctor. The way STD testing online works is you schedule a time to go to a testing lab near you (usually there are so many locations that you’ll find one very close by). The STD testing center is confidential and the test usually only takes a few minutes. Then you will receive your test results online. Many companies send your results fast- within 1-2 days.

STD testing online is a good option if you’re pressed for time, don’t want to see a doctor until you know if you have an STD or if you want more confidentiality during the STD testing process.

There are several major companies that offer STD testing online, including:

  • STDcheck.com
  • STDtestexpress.com
  • RequestaTest.com

Continue reading to find out what other STD’s cause stinky urine and what other STD testing options are available.

Tests for Gonorrhea

Your doctor can have you tested for gonorrhea and other STDs.  You can also test yourself using an at-home test kit.

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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI Infections): Symptoms

UTIIf your urine is foul-smelling, the cause could be a urinary tract infection, or UTI.  Some other symptoms of UTIs are pain or burning when urinating or pain in the abdomen.  If you have a UTI, you will likely need to see your doctor for antibiotics to get rid of it.  However, there are some home remedies you can use to prevent or stave off minor UTIs.

Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

Sometimes a person can have a UTI without having any signs or symptoms whatsoever.  Having at least one symptom is more likely, though.  Some of the typical signs and symptoms of UTIs are:

  • Constantly feeling like you need to urinate
  • A burning, stinging or painful sensation when urinating
  • Cloudy urine
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Frequent urination, often of only small amounts
  • Pain in the pelvic area if you are female
  • If you are male, you may experience pain in the area of your rectum


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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI Infections)

UTIIf your UTI is associated with your bladder, you may experience the following:

  • Pain or discomfort in your lower abdominal area
  • A sensation of pressure in your pelvic area or a constant urge to urinate
  • Blood in your urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Burning during urination

If your UTI stems from an infection in your urethra, you may notice burning during urination.

Can Men or Children Get Urinary Tract Infections?

Yes.  Women are most susceptible to urinary tract infections, but a UTI can happen to anyone.  One of the most common reasons people have stinky urine is that they’ve got a UTI.

Men are more resistant to urinary tract infections than women are.  Even if a man is exposed to the bacteria that cause UTIs, he may not actually develop a urinary tract infection.  Part of the reason for this is that males have longer urethras than females do, so bacteria have to travel further to reach the urinary tract.  In the time that takes, it’s highly likely the bacteria will get flushed out by urination.

Even a baby can get a UTI.  In the case of small children, it is even more important to seek out a doctor’s advice if the child is having symptoms of a UTI.  Children’s immune systems are not yet fully developed, so a UTI can quickly get out of control. The child also may not be able to tell you about the burning during urination or constant urge to urinate.


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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI Infections, Cont’d)

739bba_76a45b0097c36588313cc6f031e5472cHow Can I Tell If I have a UTI?

If you are experiencing any kind of pain or burning during urination or if your urine odor is strong or unpleasant, then you should consult a doctor.  These are common symptoms of UTI’s.

You can also use an at-home test kit for urinary tract infections, such as AZO Urinary Infection Test Strips.

How Do I Get Rid of a UTI?

A course of antibiotics is used to treat a urinary tract infection.  While taking antibiotics isn’t really a pleasant prospect (especially because they cause stomach upset for some), it is much better than continuing to deal with the UTI.  Keep in mind that as an infection, a UTI can spread.

There are some natural home remedies you can use to get rid of UTIs, but these are best used to prevent UTIs or to get rid of one that is just starting.


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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) Treatments

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)Drink Water

First, you must drink enough water each day.  The most common recommendation is 8 to 12 glasses per day, but you may need more if you’re fighting off a UTI, the weather is hot or you’ve been exercising.  Try to drink plain water, not coffee, tea or soda.  These other drinks aren’t the tools your body needs to flush out UTI-causing bacteria- water is.

Drink Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

The one possible exception to the water-only rule is cranberry juice.  Studies have shown that the proanthocyanidins in cranberry juice make it difficult for bacteria to adhere to the lining of your urinary tract.  The only problem is that it takes a substantial amount of these cranberry extracts to have a big effect.  It would be difficult to drink enough cranberry juice to have an optimum effect.

If you truly love unsweetened cranberry juice, go ahead and drink it if you are trying to get rid of a UTI.  For the rest of us, taking a cranberry supplement, such as Nature’s Bounty Cranberry with Vitamin C, is a better option.  This ensures your body gets the dose of cranberry necessary to discourage bacteria from attaching to your urinary tract lining.

Take Vitamin C

Taking Vitamin C is also helpful for getting rid of a urinary tract infection.  It boosts your immune system and it makes your urine more acidic, which inhibits the proliferation of bacteria.  If you need supplements to boost your Vitamin C intake, try Kirkland Signature Vitamin C with Rose Hips and Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex.


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