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If Your Urine Smells Bad, This Is What It Means

Source: Health.com (9 Causes of Smelly Urine—and What to Do About It)


Source Link: https://www.health.com/condition/digestive-health/smelly-urine-causes


Yes, urine can stink for a variety of reasons. Although many of them are harmless, stinky urine can be a sign of something more serious in other circumstances. We spoke with a doctor about what causes odorous pee and what you can do about it. Hint: Those five cups of coffee you drank this morning aren't helping your pee.


1. Dehydration


The most common cause of stinky urine is not drinking enough water. Urine is a mixture of waste materials and water. When you're dehydrated, your urine has less water in comparison to waste materials, resulting in foul urine.


You can tell if you're dehydrated by looking at the color of your pee. If it's amber or honey in hue, or even a dark orange, you should drink more water. If your urine is a pale straw or translucent yellow hue, you're well hydrated, which suggests it's stinky for another reason.


2. Consuming specific foods


Asparagus has a bad reputation for making pee smell bad. But it's quite natural if this vegetable doesn't give your pee a weird stench. According to Dr. Dutta, everyone digests food differently, and some people can eat asparagus without experiencing any changes in their urine. "It's most likely because their body lacks the enzyme required to totally break it down," she explains.



3. Coffee

We hate to break it to you, but your coffee habit may be causing your pee to stink. Coffee metabolites, or the chemicals produced when coffee is broken down in the body, can cause urine to smell, according to Dr. Dutta. (As we previously stated, this is not the case for everyone.) So if you've never detected an odor after a cup of coffee in the morning, you're probably safe.)



4. Infection of the urinary tract


When germs enter your urinary system through the urethra and multiply in the bladder, you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). You'll probably have more symptoms than just stinky urine if you have a UTI.


5. Yeast

Yeast are microorganisms that dwell in the vaginal canal and other regions of the body. When yeast grows out of control, however, it can cause an infection. Because the urethra is so close to the vaginal opening, your urine may pick up a scent from the nearby infection.



A yeast infection, like a UTI, is characterized by itching, redness, swelling of the vaginal and vulva, and a thick white discharge.


6. Infection that is spread through sexual contact

Dr. Dutta says that some STIs can induce urethritis, or inflammation of the urethra. Anything that causes inflammation or irritation could be linked to germs, pus, or bleeding, all of which can alter the urine's odor.


7. Stones in the kidneys

A kidney stone can be excruciatingly painful for anyone who has ever had one. When salt and other minerals in urine bind together, they form hard s tone-like deposits in the kidneys.

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