Dr. Jessica Harness, along with other urologists and gynecologists, advises the importance of meeting with your primary care doctor if experiencing changes in bathroom habits. People often don’t pay attention to bathroom habits, but in some case experiencing changes in habits can indicate serious health concerns. Experiencing diarrhea, noticing new colors or smells, or frequent use of air freshener can be the first indication that there may be some issues with your body.
According to Dr. Harness, abnormal urine color is a sign that cannot be ignored. The four most concerning colors are brown, red, pink and orange. Changes in the colors can be due to health problems, such as a liver condition, urinary infection, or kidney stones.
“There are many medications and foods that could also cause these changes in color. But if you are experiencing an unhealthy looking color, make an appointment with your primary care doctor,” says Dr. Harness.