According to the Harvard Health Publishing of Harvard Medical School publication Medication that can cause urinary incontinence from 2014-2019 the following list of medications can cause stress and urinary incontinence in women and men:

  1. Diuretics
  2. Muscle relaxants and sedatives
  3. Narcotics
  4. Antihistamines
  5. Alpha-adrenergic antagonists
1. Hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix, Hydrodiuril, Oretic), furosemide (Lasix), bumetanide (Bumex), triamterene with hydrochlorothiazide (Maxzide) Frequent urination, overactive bladder, stress incontinence Kidney increases urine production
2. Diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), lorazepam (Ativan) Frequent urination, stress incontinence, lack of concern or desire to use the toilet Due to sedation or drowsiness; the urethra relaxes
3. Oxycodone (Percocet), meperidine (Demerol), morphine Lack of concern or desire to use the toilet, difficulty in starting urinary stream, straining to void, voiding with a weak stream, leaking between urinations, frequency incontinence Due to sedation or drowsiness; the bladder relaxes; thus, causing it to retain urine
4. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) Overflow incontinence largely affects malesRelaxes the bladder, causing it to retain urine, characterized by an inability to
expel urine
5. Terazosin (Hytrin), doxazosin (Cardura)Leaking when coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, etc. Relax the muscle at the outlet of the

Elizabeth Pinter

In Hungary, according to estimations, 1. 3 million people struggle with problems originating from the weakening of the muscles in the pelvic area. The sooner we seek professional help, the lesser the chances are to have surgery, thanks to the corrective PelviLates exercises.

In Hungary, according to estimations, 1. 3 million people struggle with problems originating from the weakening of the pelvic muscles. Among these: hemorrhoids, stress incontinence complaints, weakening of the vagina, prolapse of the bladder and urethra, prolapse of the uterus, weakness of the rectum.

Many people think that the imbalance in their bodies is a natural process of atrophy, and they believe that it is part of the aging process. Many people stop doing their daily routines. They stop seeing relatives and friends and would rather stay at home.  They even stop playing sports or exercising. All this is out of embarrassment. However, if they would pay attention to the signals of their bodies, then these annoying problems of the lower body could be reduced considerably.  Unfortunately, the process of deterioration cannot be stopped, unless we do something to self-rehabilitate and preserve our health. The sooner we seek professional help and take seriously the PelviLates exercises, the lesser are the chances to have surgery.

The affected age group

It would be wrong to believe that these problems pertain only to the elders. Statistics show on a worldwide scale, that 50% of the 18-25 age group have already experienced the problem of stress incontinence.  The following are the percentages of women who battle stress incontinence (or who suffer from stress incontinence): 38% of women who had only one pregnancy, 57% of women who had two pregnancies and 73% of women who had three pregnancies.

What are the pelvic floor muscles?

This consciously controlled muscle structure is located between the pelvic bone at the front and the tail bone at the back.  The group of muscles that meet here work together with the controlled functions of evacuation such as opening and closing, supporting the inner organs of the lower abdomen, the sexual functions and in the giving birth process.

What burdens and weakens these muscles?

Since we walk on two feet, this little muscle the size of the palm of our hands holds part of the weight of our body, and also the weight of our internal organs. Besides, we continue to weakening this part of the body simply by our lifestyle. We can only get rid of our bad habits, (second nature to us), by being aware of them. Among these we can list the bad habits of evacuation, e.g. squeezing while evacuating, suppressing the urge, holding back the urine for a long time, bad posture, hard physical work, those types of sports that require excessive abdominal pressure, shaking, jerking, smoking, chronic coughing, certain medications, being overweight, birth control devices, tampons, tight clothing, sucking stomach in, stress. The following are known as facts that influence the weakening of the lower body: inflammation, menopause, pregnancy, delivery, types of delivery, the baby and mother’s proportions. All of these together contribute to loosen the muscles of the pelvis, to diminish the blood circulation and lead to further deterioration. This leads to the internal organs not having adequate support from below; subsequently, the muscles of the pelvic area reach their first stage of atrophy. In this case, the closing functions get injured.    

The results are stress incontinence, the weakening of the vagina muscle, hemorrhoids, weakening of the rectum. The second stage of atrophy presents herniated alterations caused by deterioration. In this case, the organs shift from their normal positions, i.e. the results are bladder and urethra hernias/prolapses, rectal and vaginal prolapse, prolapse of the uterus, disturbances in orgasm.

Importance of exercise

The symptoms that belong to a first-degree category where the weakening of the muscles occurs, can be corrected or completely healed using these specific exercises. In the case of second-degree atrophy, where the descent mutation is irreversible, according to the specialists, surgery is needed. It is important to start with the exercises before the surgery to strengthen the muscles and to have a better blood supply. These exercises can speed up the healing process after surgery. By exercising regularly, we can avoid muscles’ atrophy and loose connective tissues. This way, we can potentially avoid a series of potential surgeries.

Another solution would be to have around 200 types of plastic surgery; however, this usually does not bring about the expected results in the long run. After surgery, depending on the strength of the patients’ connective tissues and muscles, weak blood circulation and what their daily activities are symptoms might disappear for a few months. Then, everything could start all over again; the symptoms could reappear, and one surgery could follow the next one. Unfortunately, the outcome of the surgery does not last forever.  If by consciously exercising the muscles of our pelvic floor and by paying attention to our lifestyle, only then we can expect to heal or prevent further problems. 

To whom do we recommend PelviLates and why?

For young mothers, strengthening and making the muscles used in giving birth more flexible, and speeding up the regeneration process after giving birth in all the pelvic area.  Also, for women who want to relieve menstrual cramps, decrease the possibility of inflammation in the lower portion of the body, strengthening the front and the back wall of the vagina, for the treatment of the weakening of the pelvic muscles, for abnormalities originating when the organs prolapse, regulate menstruation, increase libido, and orgasm or enhance conception.

We also recommend it to those who think they do not have a problem and postpone exercising. Furthermore, it is important for those who already started the exercises but stopped for some reason.   In reality, to be able to stay healthy and avoid muscles’ atrophy, we must allocate time for the exercises just like for putting our makeup on, taking a shower, brushing our teeth or eating.

A course of eight hours

It is easy and fun to do these exercises given in an 8-hour course. Everyone gets a personalized program, at the end. By completing the daily exercises over an 8 – 10 week period, which only takes a short period of each day, we can experience:

  • a considerable increase in muscle power
  • improvement in the blood supply of the pelvic area
  • strengthening of the connective tissues
  • more flexibility in the pelvic floor muscles
  • increased energy supply to the pelvis
  • increased mass of the muscle
  • stronger support for the internal organs
  • stop or reduce incontinence,
  • help regulate bowel movements,
  • eliminate or reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids,
  • stop or reduce menstrual spasm,
  • regulate menstruation,
  • increase the chance of conception,
  • enhance the libido and orgasm
  • the mucous membrane becomes more resistant,
  • the weakened vagina muscles become tighter,
  • the rectal muscles get stronger,
  • shorten the time of recovery after surgery or delivery.

It’s a girl thing: PelviLates.

  • MARCH 12, 2012

Attention ladies…this one’s for you. Do you find you can’t go for a jog without having to stop for an emergency pee break at Starbucks? High knees in your circuit cardio class make you race to the bathroom? A cough, a sneeze, a little laugh, an orgasm make you drip? Your pelvic muscles might be in need of some serious strength training.

American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation says that one in three women live with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which is a condition characterized by an involuntary loss of urine due to forces of the bladder caused by physical movement of the body. For many women, this health concern is caused by the weakening of the pelvic muscles from hemorrhoids, having babies (pregnancy & childbirth), menopause, the prolapse of the vagina, and while we don’t necessarily want to hear it…age.

“Many of us feel that this is an embarrassment and, some of us are reluctant to discuss these conditions even with family members or doctors,” says Elizabeth Pinter, PelviLates instructor in the Santa Monica area.

Short of using Depends, which are uncomfortable and often, embarrassing, and without giving up your 5-day a week cardio regimen, what are your choices? Surgery is certainly an option for some, but the success of these procedures depends largely on the strength of the patient’s muscles and ligaments. Frequently patients require a second surgery. Fortunately, there is an accessible exercise program which is a true alternative to surgery and can help curb urinary incontinence. PelviLates® offers an excellent program tailored specifically to strengthen and tighten women’s pelvic floor muscles. PelviLates originated in Hungary.

“We will improve the speed, strength, fitness, and control of the pelvic muscles. This sense of achievement increases our self-esteem, and self-confidence, and helps to keep us motivated,” consults Pinter.

By adhering to a regular pelvic floor muscle exercise (PFME) program, women will find better blood circulation to their pelvic floor allowing for the muscles to become stronger and more elastic, thus improving bladder control.

In Pinter’s class, she suggests wearing loose-fitting clothing (Beyond Yoga has comfy relaxed pants) while she leads you through various exercises using floor mats, Swiss balls, and chairs to teach pelvic floor stretches, isolating and contracting the pelvic muscle, and at home exercises to last a lifetime. Classes are taught through the City of Santa Monica. Pinter is a certified PelviLates instructor, who has suffered from SUI. She is committed to helping women with this age-old health problem and is available to customize a workout for people who need extra assistance. Her clients range in age from 25 years old to 95 years old. All client information is kept confidential.

What is the pelvic muscle?

  • The pubococcygeus muscle or PC muscle is a palm-size, hammock-like muscle, found in both sexes, that stretches from the pubic bone to the coccyx (tail bone) forming the floor of the pelvic cavity and supporting the pelvic organs. It is part of the levator ani group of muscles. The PC controls urine flow and contracts during orgasm.


Author Zee

Pelvic floor exercise helps keep the pelvic muscles and connective tissues in good condition.

What is PelviLates?

Strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles.
While no one else has to explain the importance of strengthening our muscles in order to stay in good shape; however, neglecting pelvic floor muscle is a common practice. Thus, various health issues caused by the inflexibility of the pelvic floor muscles and “super unpleasant” problems are also common. Enlightenment is the keyword these days because many people do not even know how much of this information needs to be shared and how serious health problems can be prevented.

Pelvic floor exercise helps keep your muscles and connective tissues in good condition. Strengthened and flexible muscles can help prevent problems such as passing gas, stool, and urinary problems, loose vagina muscles, lack of libido, as well as hemorrhoids.

While no one else has to explain the importance of strengthening our muscles in order to stay in good shape; however, neglecting pelvic floor muscle is a common practice. Thus, various health issues caused by the inflexibility of the pelvic floor muscles and “super unpleasant” problems are also common. Enlightenment is the keyword these days because many people do not even know how much of this information needs to be shared and how serious health problems can be prevented.

Although the internal organs are not visible when we are staring ourselves in front of the mirror but they must also be taken care of. Nobody denies the importance of pelvic floor exercises (like Kegel) taught by Elizabeth Pinter, who is a certified instructor of pelvic floor muscles. She believes pelvic floor exercise can provide everyone an affordable and important health program that promotes well-being. However, stigma and feeling ashamed or embarrassed can be an obstacle to start to exercise. But once you start it you will like it. Even though it might not be appropriate to talk about “such” stigma attached to this private part of our body at a party, but it still belongs to us. And how important this muscle function well and support you, just like when you were young. Otherwise, dysfunction creates numerous barriers in sports, sex life and many more.

Pelvic floor muscles exercise is an easy-to-learn form of exercise. The course teaches you fun and easy to do exercises that you need to practice for a few minutes a day. The instructor speaks with such noble simplicity and straightforwardly that everyone is eager to follow. Soon we feel better by doing the exercises and gain higher self-esteem. We realize that the instructor was right, it was worth the courage to put the shame or embarrassment aside and start to do PelviLates. After some time practicing these exercises people can expect that their sex life will improve too.

Welcome to PelviLates!

My name is Elizabeth Pinter and I am a certified pelvic floor muscle exercise instructor. This web site is a supplement to my PelviLates pelvic floor muscle exercise classes that I hold in the Los Angeles area.