Hematuria is a term used to describe blood in the urine. There are two types of hematuria: microscopic hematuria and gross hematuria. With microscopic hematuria, the blood is only visible under a microscope and typically found with a urinalysis. With gross hematuria, the blood is visible to the naked eye. Treatment and diagnosis will differ greatly between the two types.
Causes of Hematuria in Women
Womens hematuria can be caused by a multitude of issues. Some of the common causes include:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Kidney infections
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Kidney disease
- Certain types of medications
- Strenuous exercise
Symptoms of Hematuria in Women
Symptoms that may accompany hematuria include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weak stream
- Urinary hesitance
- Pain with urination
- Flank pain
- Urinary urgency
Diagnosing Hematuria in Women
Your physician will typically obtain a complete history and perform a physical exam. In addition, urine tests, imaging tests, and potentially a cystoscopy may be performed to find the root cause of the hematuria.
Treatments for Hematuria in Women
The treatment for hematuria varies widely depending on the root diagnosis. In some cases, treatment is not necessary.