Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are the worst and we’ve all been there.
Is it some magic pill that zaps bad bacteria the moment it dares go up your urethra? Some miraculous wipes for your lady bit that you can wipe any which way and won’t leave you with a chance of infection?
Will it cost a bajillion dollars to purchase at one time?
No, ladies, because science has found that something as simple as upping your daily water intake can lessen your chances of repeatedly contracting urinary tract infections.
It’s an unfair trick of nature that women are more susceptible to UTIs in their lifetime, with roughly 50% of women in American contracting it at some point for the first time, and that figure ups to 70% when considering they’re going to get it again in the same year.
Cosmopolitan reports that a team of researchers in Texas, Florida, and France teamed up to track the way increased fluid intake aided a group of 140 women who all suffered UTIs at one point, and who all were not getting in their recommended eight cups of water daily.
The catch was that one group was made to up their intake, while another group was left with their old habits.
After a year, the group with lower fluid intake reported 216 UTIs, or about 3.2 recurring incidents per person, while the group who drank more water only reported 111 infections, or about 1.7 recurring infections each.
“Increased water intake is an effective antimicrobial-sparing strategy to prevent recurrent cystitis in premenopausal women at high risk for recurrence who drink low volumes of fluid daily,” the study authors concluded in their published paper, but noted that more research is needed to determine exactly just how much extra fluid intake can help UTIs recur less often, as well as whether women who already drink plenty or don’t get UTIs as much will benefit from the strategy.
Dr. Thomas Hooton, the lead author of the study and a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami said the results of the study provided backup to the claims that drinking water does help in fighting off the risk of UTIs.