EPISODES
  • 005: Exploring the multifaceted implications of the phrase 'endometriosis is a public health issue' with researcher Kate Wahl

    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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    Links from episode:

    Twitter - @KateJWahl

    Instagram - @KateJWahl

    @EndoActCanada

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    36m | Jun 19, 2023
  • 004: Dr. Nucelio Lemos talks about the emerging discipline of Neuropelveology

    On this episode, Michelle and Dr. Nucelio Lemos chat about Neuropelveology and how it is a new concept in medicine that is not yet a subspecialty because it is still developing.

    Neuropelveology is bringing together the concept of gynecologic laparoscopy, with concept with peripheral neural surgery to approach conditions that affect the intrapelvic portions (within the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen between the hip bones) of the lumbosacral plexus.

    It can consist of nerve roots that form sciatic, the pudendal, femoral nerve. The nerves to the pelvic floor, the perineum and the legs. These nerves all originate and form in the deeper layers of the pelvis.

    Neuropelveology uses advanced laparoscopic nerve surgery techniques to approach the nerve roots. With the knowledge that is learned from these approaches (which started with the goal of preserving nerves during surgery), they then learned more and more about conditions related to pain related to those nerves, such as endometriosis and a long list of other inrtapelvic conditions.

    About Dr. Nucelio Lemos

    Dr. Lemos did his medical training and postgraduate training in gynecology, urogynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, as well as a PhD in Gynecology. He then attended a Fellowship in Pelvic Neurodysfunctions by the International School of Neuropelveology in Zurich, Switzerland.

    He is currently the Chairman of the Scientific and Education Committee of the Latin American Pelvic Floor Association (ALAPP). He is also a Founding Member of the International Society of Neuropelveology and the Director of the School of Pelvic Pain of the International Continence Society Institute.

    In 2017 he made his way to Canada where he was appointed Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he currently is creating the Pelvic Functional Surgery and Neuropelveology Clinic at Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals in Toronto, Canada.

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    Dr. Lemos Instagram: @nucelio

    45m | Mar 12, 2023
  • 003: Dr. Dean Tripp talks mental health and IC/Bladder Pain Syndrome

    On this episode, Michelle and Dr. Dean Tripp discuss mental health and biopsychosocial model with chronic pain related to IC/Bladder Pain Syndrome.

    Dr. Tripp completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. He joined the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University shortly afterward and has been cross appointed with the Departments of Anesthesiology and Urology. He teaches courses in Health Psychology, Interpersonal Therapy, and Pain. 

    Dr. Tripp has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers and chapters examining community chronic pain experience and depression as well as a focus on Chronic Prostatitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis. His research and clinical interests have always focused on health, stress and interpersonal adjustment.   

    Michelle's hope is that you take some valuable information from this episode and apply it in one way or another to improve your quality of life while living with persistent pelvic pain.

    Please Note: There is talk about suicide in this episode, which I know can be distressing. If you need resources or support go to talksuicide.ca or for 24 hour free counselling in Canada, the number is 1.833.456.4566 

    Links from episode:

    Study: Biopsychosocial predictors of suicide risk in patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome

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    46m | Sep 30, 2022
  • 002: What is chronic pelvic pain with Dr. Tania Di Renna

    Living with chronic pelvic pain can be complex and today, Michelle and Dr. Tania Di Renna discuss the diagnosis and management and how trauma informed care is an important lens to look through when treating pelvic pain patients.

    Dr. Di Renna is the Medical Director for the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute at Women’s College Hospital, also known as TAPMI. TAPMI is a comprehensive interdisciplinary academic pain program that is the hub for chronic pain patient care in Toronto.

    Before TAPMI, Dr. Di Renna was the Medical Director of Pain Management at the Ottawa Hospital. During her time in Ottawa, she created three multidisciplinary pain clinics with various medical and surgical specialties. One of those clinics was Ontario’s first Multidisciplinary Pelvic Pain Clinic with Canadian minimally invasive surgeon and endometriosis specialist, Dr. Sony Singh.

    Michelle's hope is that you take some valuable information from this episode and apply it in one way or another to improve your quality of life while living with persistent pelvic pain.

    Links from episode:

    www.tapmipain.ca

    www.liveplanbeplus.ca

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    41m | Aug 3, 2022
  • 001: Let's talk Hiprex and recurrent UTI's with Dr. Ashley Girard

    Dr. Ashley Girard and Michelle discuss Hiprex in regards to chronic urinary tract infections.

    This is something Michelle has not heard much about in Canada so it is exciting news to share for many chronic urinary tract infection sufferers who may not have heard of this.

    Ashley is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

    Ashley bridges the gap between the bio-medical and holistic sides of medicine by emphasizing accurate diagnosis, appropriate testing, communication with other practitioners, and utilizing natural therapies that are safe and effective.

    After overcoming her own decade-long struggles with recurrent UTIs, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), and Interstitial Cystitis/BPS, Dr. Girard ND has developed a clinical focus on treating bladder conditions and chronic pelvic pain.

    In addition to her clinic, Dr. Girard shares helpful tips and new research tips on her blog, Holistic Bladder Care. You can also follow Dr. Girard on Instagram .

    30m | Jul 22, 2022
  • 00: Intro to The Happy Pelvis Podcast + Michelle's journey with pelvic pain

    In this first episode, Michelle dives into her pelvic pain and chronic illness journey and why she started The Happy Pelvis.  

    @the.happy.pelvis

    www.thehappypelvis.ca

    19m | Jul 15, 2022
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