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Cloudy Smelly Urine

By Joan Price | 18 September 2021

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Joan Price


Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She is the author of four books about sex and aging, including the award-winning Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex and her latest: Sex after Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved. Her award-winning blog has been offering senior sex news, views, and sex toy reviews since 2005. At age 76, Joan continues to talk out loud about senior sex—partnered or solo. She is the co-creator of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex”. Find Joan at

"It has been six years since I had sex. I’ve started having an odor when I urinate. It’s been three weeks and the odor is still occurring. Also, my urine is a little cloudy."

Joan answers:

I wish you had asked your doctor instead of me! You didn’t say what kind of odor, so I’ll cover a few options. Cloudy urine with an ammonia scent can be a sign of dehydration, so start by drinking more water. (Not coffee – that’s dehydrating.)

Some foods (notably asparagus!) and medications also cause urine odor. But cloudy, odorous urine can also be the sign of a medical problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated. For example: a sweet odor can be diabetes. A foul odor can be a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Cloudy, smelly urine can indicate kidney stones, a sexually transmitted infection (not likely if symptoms came on suddenly after six years of abstinence), or a number of other conditions. Please make an appointment with your doctor.

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