Mucous is a thin and transparent substance when found in urine and a small amount of the product being present is no cause for concern.
The following are possible causes for the presence of mucous in urine.
Mucous in the urinary tract is normal and the substance has an important function. The bladder and urethra naturally create mucous which travels along the urinary tract to collect and transport any foreign microorganisms out of the urinary system.
Younger females may have an increased amount of mucous present in the urine since menstruation, ovulation, the use of hormonal contraceptives, and pregnancy all cause an increased production of the substance.
Sexually transmitted diseases
Gonorrhea and chlamydia are the two most likely sexually transmitted diseases to result in excess mucous being produced by the urogenital tract, especially in males.
Gonorrhea can cause a yellow/green discharge with painful urination and pelvic pain or discomfort. Females may also complain of vaginal bleeding that occurs between their periods.
Chlamydia may cause a white/cloudy discharge that also causes a burning sensation when urinating. Males will complain of testicular swelling and/or pain and females of abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Urinary tract infection
A urinary tract infection is a very common infection that affects females mainly. The reason for this is due to the much shorter urethra that invading organisms need to travel through to get to the bladder.
Also, females who are sexually active are more likely to develop a urinary tract infection that those who are not. The chances of developing such an infection increase when sexual activities are performed with a full bladder.
Urinary tract infections are managed with prescription antibiotics since the cause of the problem is mainly due to a bacterial overgrowth. Patients are also advised to increase their fluid intake to help flush out the invading organisms.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a digestive disorder that affects the large intestine (colon) so it seems a bit surprising that it would result in increased mucous in the urine.
The reason this condition is mentioned is so that any affected individual is aware that increased mucous production can also come from conditions affecting other systems of the body and not only the urinary tract.
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