When it comes to your body, there are many different conditions and symptoms that can cause concern. One of the most alarming is finding blood in your urine as this often leads a person to believe that they have some type of cancer.
However, cancer is only one of many different potential causes for blood to be in your urine and in fact, cancer is not even the most common cause. There are several reasons that you may have blood in your urine.
The condition of having blood in your urine is called hematuria and it is a common symptom for many different conditions. For this reason, while it can be alarming to find blood in your urine, your thoughts should not immediately jump to cancer. If you do find blood in your urine, it could be one of these 15 conditions. As always it is important to check with your doctor to determine the direct cause.
1. Urinary Tract Infections
When bacteria enters the urethra and makes its way to the bladder it can cause an infection to develop. A urinary tract infection can have many symptoms alongside blood in the urine. You may notice that the smell of your urine is stronger than usual. In addition, you may have the urge to urinate more often than normal. Another symptom of a urinary tract infection is a burning feeling while trying to urinate. You may even experience a burning sensation while having sex.
It is possible for a urinary tract infection to only cause a person to see small amounts of blood in their urine with no other symptoms. When this occurs it can be quite alarming. If you see small amounts of blood in your urine, make sure to visit your doctor to be tested for an infection or one of the other conditions on this list.