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Inver Grove Heights, MN
A 19-year-old female asked:

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

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 38 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 47 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.
Last updated Feb 25, 2018
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