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What should a woman who experiences urinary bleeding do?

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When a woman experiences hematuria, or blood in the urine, she should immediately contact a medical professional because the condition can signify a serious medical condition, according to WebMD. Because blood in the urine is a symptom of several conditions, the appropriate treatment for hematuria is to determine its underlying cause and treat it.

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Women with hematuria should contact their doctors if they have uncomfortable, frequent or urgent urination or unexplained weight loss or blood clots in their urine, difficulty urinating, or vomiting or fever, recommends MedlinePlus. Blood in the urine is a symptom of kidney and bladder infections and kidney stones but can also indicate kidney disease, injury or cancer, according to Mayo Clinic. Women aged 40 or over and smokers are at greater risk for hematuria, according to Drugs.com.

Bladder infections are common in women and girls, according to Merck. An urge to urinate frequently and urgently along with painful urination are possible symptoms of these infections. Kidney infections have many of the same symptoms as bladder infections but are due to bacteria moving into the kidneys from the urethra and are more likely to include fever and flank pain as symptoms, according to Mayo Clinic. Kidney stones can cause bloody urine but are excruciatingly painful and women are unlikely to mistake them for another condition.

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