"Pelvic floor" is the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of a woman's pelvis.
These muscles keep the pelvic organs in place.
A pelvic floor disorder is when the muscles in the pelvis weaken in some way and can no longer hold the organs in place.
That can cause several problems including pelvic organ prolapse where the uterus can press down on the vagina, causing it to invert, or even to come out through the vaginal opening.
Another is vaginal prolapse, where the top of the vagina loses support and can drop through the vaginal opening.
All too often women are too embarrassed to talk about one of these very common problems and many may not realize it can be easily fixed, but this Thursday you can get the answers you need at a free seminar offered by Gulf Coast Medical Center.
The "Spirit of Women" seminar will be held may 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 at Gulf Coast Community College student union east building.
It will focus mainly on treatment options. Several local doctors are taking part. Dr. Kimberly Bain, Ob.Gyn, Dr. Justo Maqueira, Jr. Ob.Gyn and Dr. Timothy Ramsden, Ob.Gyn.
The seminar is free but you need to call or go on line to register.