What causes red blood cells in your urine?

We have all been there before. You sit down on the toilet and glance down to see red spots staring back at you. Panic sets in as your mind races trying to figure out what could be causing such a disturbance in your urine flow. Fear not, dear reader, for we are here to investigate the potential culprits behind this crimson catastrophe.

Hematuria: Definition and Symptoms

The medical term for red blood cells (RBCs) in urine is hematuria. This condition can manifest itself either as gross hematuria, where you can visibly detect a discolored hue of pink or red; or microhematuria, where only testing will reveal microscopic traces of blood cells (which let’s face it, feels like way more than just ‘micro.’)

It should be noted that while seeing RBCs in your urine may indicate an underlying issue with one’s urinary system – it doesn’t always mean that something sinister is occurring. Nevertheless, if you do notice any visible changes within your urination process aside from its normal yellowish color and shapeless liquid texture (very eloquent summary of pee, I know), it would be highly recommended seeking professional guidance by reaching out for medical help without delay.

Factors That Lead to Hematuria

There are several factors that might contribute towards causing hematuria including:

Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infamous culprits beyond their annoying bladder inconveniences – they also oftentimes lead to bleeding issues when they choose to invade other areas inside our urinary system besides our bladder area (upward mobility isn’t always considered impressive) Another common culprit of bacterial transmissions leading up-to UTI could be sexually transmitted infections which result after having unprotected coital activities with multiple partners.

Trauma

Any trauma experienced around lower abdominal areas with visible bruises, internal bleeding wounds or recent surgeries can result in temporary hematuria. Blunt force to the lower abdominal region such as those caused by sporting activities could also factor into this disturbing occurrence (maybe if we see some ease up on excessively training your abs and playing countless hours of football more consideration should be met in lowering your risk of pee-pee discomfort…just a thought).

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are just plain terrible all-around. But not only can they cause unbearable pain, urinary stone formation have also known to lead towards tiny wounds around one’s urethra (ouch!) Eventually leading-up to hematuria making it another notorious element that often shows itself during these times.

Other Culprits That You Might Not Expect

If you’ve gone through an infection check along with screening for injuries and kidney stones – yet still feeling uncertain regarding what might be causing RBCs inflating their numbers within your urine – here are some possible causes which may haven’t crossed your mind:

Urinary Obstruction

Occasionally a small growth like benign tumors centered around bladder neck, prostate or even thickening walls inside the ureters’ lining leading-up from kidneys may hinder urination process fully resulting in blood filled blockages.
(Could use some breaks at this point though right? Take a pause man….Take. A. breath. Deep breaths!)

Blood-thinning medicines

Anticoagulants or other blood thinning medications taken as per prescription by our health care professionals might make us vulnerable towards microhematurias too.

Conclusion

The above listed sections contain several potential causes behind detecting RBC piling up inside our urine, however we’d like to mention again that seeking out professional medical advice is crucial when observing any differentiating aspects while peeing including discoloration or consistency of your urine.

At the same time, we hope our lighthearted take on this sensitive subject matter had you laughing and smiling through the pain (like I know it’s hard to hide but at least let’s try right?) In any case, here’s hoping that after reading this article you have discovered some potential culprits contributing to hematurias and possible therapies one could implement in order to combat these discomforts effectively.

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