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Can Birth Control make your urine smell?

About a little more then a week ago I changed my birth control from Ortho Tri-Cyclen to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo because I was gaining so much weight as a side-effect. So far this pill has been doing great, I\'m not craving food as much, so I\'m not gaining weight.

Now, the only problem I\'m having, not too long after making the switch is that I can smell my urine as I\'m peeing. It smells so bad and the only thing I can compare it to smelling like is asparagus, it\'s very strong and my urine has dark and light areas, like how you can see oil in water.

I don\'t have any pain as I urinate and there is no burning or itching, no abnormal discharge. I haven\'t change my diet in any way, just the change in my birth control pill and I\'m not on any kind of medication or any kind of health problems.

So, is it possible that it could be the pill?

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replied July 18th, 2010
Womens Conditions Answer A14374
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Well, there is no documentation of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo causing urine odor as side effect. Generally bad odor is due to infection, mainly by E coli. This can be diagnosed by urine culture. Strong fruity odor is due to uncontrolled diabetes. Urinary bladder infection and kidney infections do produce strong smelling urine. Another reason is dehydration. Strong ammonia smell is due to protein breakdown.

A routine urine examination along with a urine culture will be able to detect the problem. Drink plenty of fluids and water and see if that helps. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist once. Hope this helps. Take care!

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