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a little clotty blood in the toilet urinary tract infection?

this morning, i went in to go to the bathroom. while i was peeing, i had a ticklyish feeling, so i pushed more, because i figured i still had to pee. when i wiped, i noticed that there was light pink blood, on the toilet paper. after that, there was no sign of blood in my underwear, but later today i went to the bathroom and the same thing happened again, but i looked in the toilet and there was also a little clotty blood in the toilet. there wasn't much, but it was enough to scare me. does anyone know what could be going on? could it be a urinary tract infection?
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replied December 29th, 2011
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It is difficult to comment on the spotting after urination that you describe without examination and urine analysis done. If you are having blood in urine, and want to differentiate the source of bleeding, consider taking a ‘mid-stream-clean-catch’ urine sample. If the blood is present in the sample (without you washing the vulval area) in the beginning of the urination, it could be from vaginal bleeding mixed with urine stream. If the sample is a clean catch without traces of urine at all, then the bleeding from the urinary tract can be ruled out. If the bleeding occurs during the end of the urination, it could suggest bleeding from the urinary bladder. If the blood is present in the entire sample right from beginning till end, then it can be said that you are having the bleeding from the urinary tract. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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