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A 19-year-old female asked:

what can cause a foul odor in urine, thats not an std?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Bladder infection: Foul-smelling urine can come from a bladder infection or even from certain foods that we eat. Stds do not usually effect the bladder and i wouldn't think they are responsible for the foul-smelling urine. More than likely it is from a bladder infection. Vaginal infections can sometimes have an odor as well and may be difficult to distinguish from odor caused by urine.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Vitamins/foods: Most of the supplemental vitamins are flushed from the body daily in the urine. Several have distinctive odors as does some foods we eat. If you have been screened & are clear of UTI's or vaginal infections & still note this problem, a review of your supplements is in order.

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I'm not sure if my partner is being faithful, can he be putting my child at risk by having an untreated sti?

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Can I legally force my husband to get an STD test?

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No: No, not unless a crime has been committed and one is ordered by authorities.

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