Blood in Urine Female
Blood in urine in females comes in two forms visible and invisible (gross hematuria and microscopic hematuria). Seeing blood in urine may be frightening but it is also a useful sign that something is wrong and it needs to be diagnosed from a medical professional. Urinating blood that is easily seen, such as red urine, pink urine, or brown urine is known as gross hematuria. Hematuria is the medical term for blood in urine. When bright red urine or deep red urine occurs it is also called frank urine. Frank urine usually indicates fresh blood while brown urine and tea colored urine may indicate older blood in urine. Since active bleeding (red urine) is still going on, it is suggested that you contact or go to your urologist, your general practitioner, or an emergency care facility immediately. Self-diagnosis of urine color does not indicate that you have an infection, a kidney stone, a bladder stone, bladder cancer, or kidney cancer, only the correct diagnostic tests performed by the urologist have the capability to diagnose the disorder.
Blood in urine in females may be invisible yet still indicate that there is a medical problem occurring. On a regular day, we urinate a million red blood cells out of our body. Red blood cells are so small we do not see them even though there are a million that we pass out in our urine every day. In fact we may urinate over a million red blood cells and not be able to see it. This however can indicate a medical problem that we need to be aware of. A urine specimen is a valuable tool for a doctor because of the many biological indicators that are in our urine. Generally there are two types of urine tests one called a urinalysis which tallies up the red blood cell count, white blood cell count, proteins, pH, as well as clarity, odor, amount of substances in the urine called specific gravity and many other measurements. The other type of urine specimen is for a urine culture where the laboratory allows the microbes that may be found in the bladder to grow. These colonies of microorganisms are then reported to the urologist and according to the type of microorganism, the amount of microorganisms, and where in the urinary tract they are located the doctor will prescribe the correct antibiotic and correct dosage.
Blood in urine in the female urinary system very frequently comes down to having a bladder infection. This happens because in women the urethra is very short. The urethra is the passage that urine travels through as it leaves the bladder out of the body. In women the urethra is an inch and a half to two inches long. In men the urethra is about 8 inches long. In women the proximity of the opening of the urethra and the rectum is close, making it much easier for E-coli and other microorganisms to enter the bladder. Simple solutions may help to fend off these bladder infections such as wiping from front to back and making sure to dry completely after bathing and showering. For a urologist in Miami call (305) 822-7227 or request an appointment online.