When I go to the bathroom and try to pee, pink blood streams out. It also burns and not even 5 minutes after I leave the bathroom I feel the urge to pee again. What could this possible be and is it treatable at home?

girl on toiletWhile it is difficult to tell without testing your urine (pee), your symptoms sound like you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are very common and happen when bacteria enter your uretha (where urine comes out) and travel up to your bladder. Other common symptoms of UTIs are pelvic pain (pain in the area beneath your stomach) and urine that smells bad or looks cloudy. UTIs cannot be treated at home and can turn into a more serious kidney infection without treatment. You should see a health care provider soon to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Keep in mind that some UTI symptoms are similar to those of sexually transmitted infections (STI) so it is important to tell your health care provider if you are sexually active.

For more information regarding UTIs, see our health guide: https://youngwomenshealth.org/2013/01/02/uti/