Preparing for your appointment

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?