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Is it definitely blood? If you have not been drinking enough water your urine can begin to look brown. Certain foods, like beetroot or certain drugs can also make your urine change colour.
A heavy work-out can cause the urine to look red. It's not actually blood but if it happens while you're exercising or keeps happening you'll want to see your doctor.
If it is blood and it keeps appearing in your urine it could be an infection of the urinary tract or it could be the sign of something more serious such as a prostate problem. See your doctor and try to take a urine sample.
This could also be a mild infection or a sign of a prostate or kidney problem. It could also be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection. If it persists, see your doctor.
Only you know what has been normal for you in the past and obviously, if you drink more you will urinate more but as a very general rule of thumb, a man peeing 3-5 times a day and no more than once at night is doing OK. If you are peeing more often or have other symptoms such as pain, a slow start, a weak or intermittent flow, a trickly finish or a feeling that you haven't finished when you have or you are urinating when you don't intend to then you should see your doctor. It may be a sign of something more serious like a prostate problem or diabetes.
This may mean you have a condition called hypospadias. Hypospadias is a condition you are born with that means you ejaculate and pee through the side of your penis. More information can be found at our hypospadias FAQ page.
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Date of last review 02/04/14
Date of next review 02/04/17
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.
In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.
It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.
We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.
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