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The sight of blood in your urine – the toilet water turned a shade of red – is understandably an alarming one. The good news is that it’s usually not serious. In fact, even something as innocent as exercise can cause it. But there’s a possibility it may also be a symptom of a more serious problem such as cancer, so you should always see a doctor about it.
What is blood in the urine?
Red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine (called hematuria) can be hard to ignore when they turn your toilet bowl pink, bright red, or the color of cola. Intermittent spots of blood in the water may be also be seen. This overt form of blood in the urine is called “gross” or “frank” hematuria. It doesn’t take much blood – or about a fifth of a teaspoon – to turn a half-quart of urine an obvious shade of red.
In other cases, the presence of blood may be so minute that it’s not visible to the eye. This is called microscopic hematuria, and doctors usually detect it during a routine urine test. Sometimes, what you assume to be blood in the urine may be something else altogether: women may mistake