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Strong urine smell - pregnancy ?

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For the past week and a half, my urine has smelt extremely strong, to the point I am experiencing nausea. Sometimes I have urinary pain after using the bathroom, but not always.I had a urine culture to test for a UTI, but it was negative. I was on the depo shot for birth control and I'm switching to the NuvaRing, but am waiting to start my menstrual cycle first. My last shot was supposed to be in early July and I still haven't gotten my period. Could the strong urine smell be a pregnancy symptom? What else could it be?

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replied November 11th, 2010
Urinary and Bladder Disorders Answer A17068

welcome to the forum. There are a number of causes causing strong smell of urine. It can be due to dietary intake like asparagus, bacterial kidney or bladder infection, Cystitis or inflammation of the bladder, diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, dehydration, kidney stones or urinary tract infections. Pregnancy increases the frequency or urination but does not cause smelly urine.

I suggest you to drink plenty of water and if the symptoms persist then consult a urologist and get these causes evaluated. I hope it helps. Take care and regards.

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