I have lived with chronic pelvic pain most of my life but had my symptoms dismissed and misdiagnosed for over 15 years. Since 2018 I have been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis/BPS, Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Tarlov Cysts, Fibromyalgia and Lupus (SLE).
I hope that what I share on my blog will help others advocate for themselves, better navigate the healthcare system and find the care and treatment they deserve.
I write as a hobby, to spread awareness and shine light on pelvic pain and my struggles living with chronic illness. What started as a coping strategy, has now turned into something that gives me great meaning and purpose.
I advocate to help ensure a better future for all and to assist pelvic pain patients and their families in coping with their chronic pain and emotional stress.
I create to put something good into the world. Since becoming chronically ill and unable to work as a designer, it gives me back a sense of purpose and achievement.
What The Community Is Saying
The Happy Pelvis is encouraging, full of helpful resources and directories and accurately covers all the basics of pelvic pain with sensitivity and commonsense. It’s the best patient run site I’ve found where everything is in one place and the information is written really clearly and accurately. It’s the pelvic pain website I’ve been looking for, I send it to everyone who contacts me about pelvic pain and doesn’t know where to start or where to go next.
Helping others has enabled Michelle to find purpose in her pain and I have no doubt that she will continue to offer hope and education to so many through The Happy Pelvis.
Martina Skrela, PT + Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
If you are interested in my health journey or how to make the best out of life when living with chronic pelvic pain, take a look at the latest blog posts below.
Do you have pain with intimacy? Debilitating periods? Chronic urinary tract infections? You're not alone!
Join pelvic health advocate Michelle M., as she interviews others in the community struggling with their pelvic health, as well as experts and practitioners who want to bridge the gaps in pelvic healthcare accessibility and bring awareness to the hurdles individuals face as a result of chronic pelvic pain.
Each episode contains powerful information to help you navigate and educate yourself to empower you to advocate for the care you deserve.
005: Exploring the multifaceted implications of the phrase ‘endometriosis is a public health issue’ with researcher Kate Wahl
byThe Happy Pelvis
Join Kate Wahl and I in this enlightening episode as we explore the multifaceted implications of the phrase 'endometriosis is a public health issue.’ Together, we unravel the complexity of the condition, shedding light on its far-reaching consequences for individuals and society as a whole.
We explore ways patients can actively participate in making the action plan a reality. From grassroots advocacy to leveraging social media and engaging with policymakers, we share practical tips on how individuals can contribute to the cause and secure much-needed support and awareness for endometriosis in Canada.
Kate Wahl is a UBC graduate researcher focused on advancing sexual and reproductive health and has co-led a study on menstrual health and endometriosis education in schools. In this episode we dive into what endometriosis is, what can be done to help bridge the gaps to expert care, the goal of the Canadian national action plan for endometriosis, EndoAct advocacy toolkit and how we as patients can help make change happen locally.
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