When you visit the bathroom, you might not pay too much attention to what's in the toilet bowl before flushing unless it's something that seems obviously out of the norm, but taking note of the color, scent, and clarity of your pee can actually give you some insight into your health. There are a number of smells your pee can have and a number of different messages that those smells might be sending you. There are all manner of different ways that your body can send you super subtle clues about your health status, in particular, and the scent of your pee is no different, but you have to know what to take note of and, of course, what those smells might mean, in order to address them. Though some smells are probably not a huge deal or should be cause for a ton of concern, others might warrant a conversation with your doctor, to rule out or address more serious issues.
"The smell of urine is caused by the volatile substances in it, and it gets stronger as the urine becomes more concentrated which is a sign of dehydration," Dr. Rada Jones, MD, an emergency physician, tells Romper in an email exchange. "That's when the smell of ammonia becomes obvious."
In more normal circumstances, when you're adequately hydrated and aren't dealing with any of these specific health issues, have eaten anything different, or are taking specific medications, your urine probably won't have a very noticeable smell, as WebMD noted. If it does have a more distinctive smell, however, you might need to pay attention to it.