You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or primary care provider. Or you might be referred to a doctor who specializes in urinary tract disorders (urologist).
Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.
What you can do
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment, and when they began
- Key medical information, including other conditions for which you're being treated, and whether bladder or kidney diseases run in your family
- All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
For hematuria, some questions to ask include:
- What are the possible causes of my symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- Is my condition likely temporary?
- What treatments are available?
- I have other health issues. How can I best manage them together?
- Are there brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:
- Do you have pain when you urinate?
- Do you see blood in your urine only sometimes or all the time?
- When do you see blood in your urine — when you start urinating, toward the end of your urine stream or the entire time you're urinating?
- Are you also passing blood clots during urination? What size and shape are they?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you exposed to chemicals on the job? What kinds?
- Have you had radiation therapy?