Blood in the Urine in Women

Seeing blood in your urine can be a scary thing. This guide will walk you through several questions about your symptoms. Based on your answers, you will learn about the causes of the blood in your urine and what actions you should take.

This guide is informational and not intended to replace the evaluation and advice of a health care professional.

Sometimes blood from the vagina or rectum can be in the urine. This guide addresses blood in your urine that is not coming from another source.

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First of all, there are some medications and drugs that can change the color of your urine. Some examples of medications that can make your urine red or orange are rifampin, pyridium, phenolphthalein, some laxatives, and vitamins B and C. Foods such as beets, rhubarb and blackberries can turn urine red.

Severe dehydration can also make your urine darker than normal, but it should not cause your urine to be red or brown.

Do you think that a food or medication may be the reason for the color change of your urine?

Yes, I think this is likely.

No, I don't think it is related to food or medication.

So let's assume that your urine looks like it has blood in it and that you are not on any of the above medications and didn't just eat a big bowl of beet soup.

One of the most common reasons for women to have blood in the urine is a bladder infection.

In addition to blood in the urine, do you have one or more of the following new symptoms?

  • discomfort with passing urine

  • an urge to urinate frequently

  • discomfort just above your pubic bone.

Yes, I have at least one of these symptoms.

No, I do not have any of these symptoms.

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