By Karen Pallarito
MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking plenty of water each day may have an unexpected benefit -- staving off urinary tract infections, a new study reports.
Young women plagued by UTIs who drank an additional 6 cups of water each day were nearly half -- 48 percent -- as likely as a control group to have another infection, the study showed.
The water group also reduced their use of antibiotics by roughly half -- or 47 percent.
What's more, the amount of time that passed before a woman's next UTI and between recurrent infections was longer in the water group than in the control group.
Women are more prone to UTIs than men, partly due to their anatomy. A shorter urethra makes it easier for bacteria from rectum to enter the vagina