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Things That Can Make Urine Smell Bad

Updated on November 28, 2010

So you’ve just been to the little boy’s or girl’s room and came out a bit stunned – your tinkle smelled a bit rank. You think back to what could be causing this, and rule out any chance of STD infection from your significant other. What else could it be? You pop by the doctor and manage to rule out UTIs and a host of other non-sexually transmitted infections.

You’re glad to know nothing funky is making camp down in the nether lands….. but you’re still wondering what the freak this sudden change in piddle is. And then it hits you – you’ve recently taken up coffee. Ok, so you didn’t really take it up, you more or less started consuming 10 cups a day, straight off the bat. (Hey, you’re allowed to do things like this when you have OCD, don’t worry about it.) You call up your GP and he tells you to stop drinking coffee, or hold your nose the next time you potty.

You thank him for his expert advice and hang up. What now? Do you really want to give this new obsession up? Could you, even? Well, if you can’t, you’re not alone. If you only drink a cup or two a day you might not notice it. Or, if you’re a smoker, you probably wouldn’t notice it at all, since your olfactory do-dads are probably skint. But hey, at least you can comfort yourself with the knowledge you’re not actually ill. So what else makes your tiddle go wonkey? Let’s take a look at the most common offenders:

  1. Coffee -- Yeah, ok, we already said this, but just in case you were too impatient to garner that info from the above writings.

  2. Asparagus -- We’ve all heard this one, right? Personally I’m surprised anyone knows this to be true/ I can’t believe people eat this stuff.

  3. Beer -- Yeah, it does. And if you weren’t so drunk, you’d realize it!

  4. Garlic -- Lots of garlic can really make you stink; everywhere!

  5. Curry -- Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

So what can you do? If you’re not willing to give any of these up, but still want your urine to have a normal urine-y smell, the simplest method is increasing your water intake. This will help your body can flush the icky smell out more easily – and less noticeably.

xx Isabella


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