National Urology Week 2017
What does your wee say about you?
For this year's National Urology Week, we're asking you to look at your wee.
- What colour is it?
- Does it smell?
- Are you peeing enough?
Drastic changes in these factors can sometimes be a concern. Make sure to consult your doctor if something is unusual.
Use the colour chart below to see where you are on the scale. Scoring 1 to 3 means you are drinking enough water and should try and maintain this level of hydration. If you are within 4 to 8, it means you are dehydrated and should drink more water.
Although scoring high on the colour chart isn't always an immediate indicator of a more serious condition, consistent high scores should be mentioned to your GP or midwife. If you are currently in hospital, tell your nurse or doctor as you may need to drink more.
As senior sister for risk and safety, Becky Bonfield advises that we should all listen to the facts our body is trying to tell us.
Your kidneys are amazing. They'll let you know when there is something wrong. Please listen to them.
The ideal wee should be 1-3 healthy, with little or no smell and a good amount. A dribble is not enough.
How much should you drink?
Experts recommend you drink two to three litres of water a day as a standard level of hydration. Staying hydrated reduces the risk of infection and kidney or ureteral stones.
National Urology Week runs from 25 to 29 September.
More information can be found on the urology week website.