Have you ever sat down to relieve yourself on the toilet and said to yourself, yuck, what’s that smell? Perhaps you mistook the smell for the irritating odor that lingers in restrooms…but then you realized it wasn’t. It turned out to be your own urine.
Urine can be smelly for a variety of reasons. While many of them are harmless, smelly urine may be a symptom of something more serious in some cases which include:
Dehydration: Urine is a mixture of water and waste materials, but if you’re dehydrated, the urine would have less water than waste products, resulting in smelly urine. You can tell if you’re dehydrated by looking at the color of your urine. If it’s amber or honey in color, or even a dark orange, you should be drinking more water. If your urine is a pale straw or clear yellow, you’re well hydrated, which means it’s stinky for another cause.
Eating certain foods: Everybody digests food in their own unique way. When foods like Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, curry, salmon, and alcohol are fully broken down in the body, metabolites are produced, which can cause a sulfur or ammonia odor in the urine.When you drink a lot of water while feeding, the smell of your urine would be less apparent.
Drinking coffee: We hate to break it to you, but your coffee habit might be causing your pee to stink. Coffee metabolites, which are formed as coffee is broken down in the body, may cause urine to smell. Coffee is also a diuretic, meaning it causes you to pee a lot, flushing excess fluid and sodium from your body. Diuretics can dehydrate you, so in addition to the odor from the coffee metabolites, your urine can have a stink from being more concentrated than normal. To avoid dehydration, drink a tall glass of water before your morning brew.
Urinary tract infection: When bacteria enter the urinary system through the urethra and multiply in the bladder, you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Bacteria will, of course, make your pee stink. If you have a UTI, though, you’ll likely experience more symptoms than just smelly urine. The same bacteria may also make you pee more often, cause a burning sensation while peeing, and cause your urine to become cloudy or even bloody.
Yeast infection: Yeast are microorganisms that reside in the vaginal canal and other parts of the body. When yeast grows out of control, however, it may cause an infection. Since the urethra is so close to the vaginal opening, your urine can pick up a scent from its infected neighbor. A yeast infection, like a UTI, is characterized by itching, redness, swelling of the vagina and vulva, and a thick white discharge.
Sexually transmitted infection: The most popular STIs are chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea. Do you think you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)? See the doctor as soon as possible. They’ll assist you in determining the right care plan for you.
Diabetes: People with undiagnosed or untreated diabetes are excreting sugar in their urine. This is because they are unable to absorb sugar in the same way as other people do, resulting in an abundance of glucose in the blood, which the body attempts to eliminate by urine. When you have too much sugar in your urine, it will have a soft, fruity odor. Since sugar irritates the bladder, people with uncontrolled diabetes would likely pee more frequently. If you suspect you have diabetes, see your doctor as soon as possible.
Vitamins: Many people notice a difference in the smell of their urine after taking vitamins, just like certain people notice a difference in the smell of their urine after consuming certain foods. However, if you discover that a vitamin is making your pee rank, don’t panic. Vitamins are typically in excess of what your body requires, so you’ll often pee some of them out.