ZocdocAnswersWhat does it mean when men urinate blood?

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What does it mean when men urinate blood?

It also feels like I always have to urinate

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Urinating blood, also known as hematuria, is a problem that always deserves to be looked at by a physician. In men, there are a few different common causes of hematuria. Probably the first in most common cause is a kidney stone. Other symptoms of kidney stones include pain that often begins in the flank region and moves towards the groin. Sometimes this blood is not even visible. Sometimes bladder problems can also cause you to urinate blood. If you developed a blood clot in the bladder, it could cause red blood in the urine as well as difficulty urinating. If you are also having symptoms of urinary frequency, then there are two other possibilities that should be considered. First, you could have a urinary tract infection which often causes blood in urine and causes urinary urgency and frequency. Also, you could have an enlarged prostate which usually just causes symptoms of urinary urgency and frequency, but sometimes can cause blood in the urine as well. I would suggest that you start off by scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician. Your doctor will likely want to obtain a urinalysis to rule out infection first and then look for other causes of your hematuria after that has been exonerated.

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