Blood in one’s urine, otherwise known as hematuria, may be alarming. But, fortunately, blood in urine isn’t always an indication of a serious issue. Blood that is visible in urine is called gross hematuria, which indicates the presence of red blood cells in the urine. In such cases, the urine may have a pink or red tint.
Hematuria can be distinguished from urinary blood that is visible only under a microscope. This is known as microscopic hematuria.
Blood in urine can be caused by strenuous excerise, or taking certain medications (e.g., aspirin). Women may, at times, believe that blood is in the urine when it is actually coming from the vagina (e.g., during menstruation). In addition, sometimes, blood from a bowel movement may be mistaken for blood in urine. Consuming beets or certain other foods can make it appear that there is blood in the urine.