Most of the time, you (hopefully) don‚Äôt notice how your urine smells. But sometimes, you might catch a whiff and wonder, WTF is going on?
Well, there are lots of reasons why your urine might smell‚Ä¶ These include:
But when you‚Äôre not taking in enough fluid, your urine becomes concentrated.
When that happens, it can produce a much stronger smell. It‚Äôs also darker in colour.
So if you feel you haven‚Äôt been drinking enough, the fix for this one is simple: just down some more H2O and get back on track.
Aaahhh, coffee. There‚Äôs nothing like a cup (of two) of pure joy to get you going for the day.
But if you drink too much caffeine, your urine can sometimes smell like the stuff.
Don‚Äôt panic if that happens. Rather, it might be time to reconsider whether you really need another cup of joe to get you through the rest of the day‚Ä¶ (And – you guessed it – it‚Äôs also time to increase your water intake too).
Most of us know by now that eating too much asparagus can turn your pee greenish, but did you know that some people report smelling such changes too?
Fun fact: Other foods – like garlic or curry – may also influence how your wee smells to you‚Ä¶
You can develop lots of symptoms when you have a UTI (urinary tract infection).
From cloudiness of your wee, to burning or stinging pain when you pass urine, having a UTI isn‚Äôt exactly fun and games.
But did you know your urine can also smell funny if you have a UTI?
Other infections – like trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) – can also cause your urine to smell.
Trichomoniasis often causes vaginal or vulvar itching, as well as a yellowy-green ‚Äėfrothy‚Äô discharge.
If you think you have trichomoniasis, see your GP as you will need antibiotics to treat it.
You should either use condoms, or avoid sex altogether until you‚Äôve completed your antibiotics and your symptoms have resolved.
FYI: Men can also get trichomoniasis, but they don‚Äôt usually have symptoms.
Vitamins, medication and other supplements
If you‚Äôre taking a new supplement, vitamin or medication, you may notice the odour of your urine may change a bit too.
Drinking more water can help dilute the compounds in the body, which can make your urine less likely to smell.
There are plenty of symptoms of diabetes that you might know about. From losing weight unexpectedly, to increased thirst and urination.
But another (far less talked about) symptom is that your urine can also smell different. When you have diabetes your body produces ketones, which get released in the urine and can make it smell sweet.
There are certain diseases that can cause your urine to have an odour. These can include diabetes (when you‚Äôre experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA), if you have a metabolic disorder or a fistula.
What should you do if your urine smells?
If your urine‚Äôs become darker (more concentrated), or you‚Äôve been slamming back one too many lattes, it‚Äôs time to increase your water intake and hopefully get things back on track.
But if you have symptoms of an infection along with an odour to your urine, see your doctor.
You should also see your doctor if you develop any worrying symptoms along with the change in the smell of your urine (such as increased thirst and urination).
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