Online Health Chats

girl on laptopThe Center for Young Women’s Health offers monthly online chats for young women with Endometriosis, MRKH, and PCOS, and parents of young women with MRKH. The chats are safe places for teens and young women (and parents of teens with MRKH) who share a common condition to ask questions, discuss concerns, and offer each other support. Our PCOS and Endometriosis chats are open to young women ages 13-22. Our MRKH chats are open to young women ages 14-22. The health professionals who moderate the chats will not be able to give you specific medical advice, but will be able to provide you with general information and resources.

About chat moderators: Moderators who give health information are professionals at Boston Children’s Hospital and are identified during chats with a professional title, i.e. Nurse, Dr., Dietitian, or Nutritionist. Please note that any chat participant who is not identified in this way should not be considered as a medical professional. All chat participants must endeavor to disseminate only information that is true and accurate and provide valid sources for any medical or health information. Advertising is prohibited on all of our chats.

If you’re interested in attending a teen or parent chat, please fill out the form below as completely as possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required. If you are a parent/guardian and are signing up to join the MRKH Parent chat list, please enter your *daughter’s* date of birth and symptoms.

On the form we ask you for some personal medical information. We take your privacy very seriously, and will only use this information to find out if you are eligible for the chats. We keep your information strictly confidential, and do not use it in any other way, or share it with any other group or person. Learn more about our Privacy Policy. Eligible chat participants must first read and accept our chat rules. These rules are meant to create a safe, supportive environment for our chat participants:

Chat rules:
  1. Please do not share any personal information in the chat, such as your full name or address. When you login, use your first name or a nickname only.
  2. Do not use inappropriate language, and be considerate of all chatters.
  3. The chats are not meant to be a personal medical consultation. We are able to offer general advice, but if you have specific or urgent questions about your health, you should talk to your health care provider.
  4. This chat is only open to young women who have been diagnosed with Endometriosis, PCOS, or MRKH by their health care provider. If you have questions about whether or not this chat is right for you, please email us at cywh@childrens.harvard.edu

Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive an e-mail reminder and login information the day before the chat, and again the day of the chat.

Chat schedule:

Teens with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Chat:
Moderated by Dr. Jean Emans, Nurse Phaedra Thomas, and Dietitian Katrina Schroeder | Ongoing, monthly

  • September 6th, 4-5pm Eastern Time
  • October 25th, 4-5pm Eastern Time
  • November 8th, 4-5pm Eastern Time

Teens with Endometriosis Chat:
Moderated by Nurse Phaedra Thomas | Ongoing, monthly

  • September 14th, 4-5pm Eastern Time
  • October 11th, 4-5pm Eastern Time
  • November 9th, 4-5pm Eastern Time

Teens with MRKH Afternoon Chat:
Moderated by Nurse Phaedra Thomas | Ongoing, monthly

  • September 20th, 4-5pm Eastern Time
  • October 18th, 4-5pm Eastern Time
  • November 22nd, 4-5pm Eastern Time

Teens with MRKH Evening Chat:
Moderated by Nurse Phaedra Thomas | Ongoing, monthly

  • September 28th, 7-8pm Eastern Time
  • October 26th, 7-8pm Eastern Time
  • November 30th, 7-8pm Eastern Time

Parents of Teens with MRKH Chat:
Moderated by Nurse Phaedra Thomas | Ongoing, monthly

  • September 28th, 8:15-9pm Eastern Time
  • October 26th, 8:15-9pm Eastern Time
  • November 30th, 8:15-9pm Eastern Time

Chat Rules:

Teen/Young Adult Endometriosis, MRKH, and PCOS Chat Rules:

  1. Be respectful of others at all times. No swearing or abusive language will be tolerated.
  2. Choose a nickname that does not reveal your personal identity. For example, do NOT use your real name, e-mail address, school, or other personal information.
  3. Do NOT share any personal information during the chat (such as your name, address, e-mail address, or any other personal information).
  4. The chats on this web site are meant as a place to discuss general health and wellness issues. These chats are NOT meant for discussing your specific medical history. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your health care provider.
  5. All chat participants MUST be 13 or older (or 14 or older for our MRKH chat), and 22 or younger.

Participants must also agree to the following:

  1. I have read the rules of the chat and I agree to follow the rules
  2. I understand that I can be temporarily kicked out of the chat or permanently banned if I break these rules.
  3. I also certify that I am at least 13 years old (or 14 years old for our MRKH chat), and less than 22 years old.

Parent MRKH Chat Rules:

  1. Be respectful of others at all times. No swearing or abusive language will be tolerated.
  2. Do NOT share any personal information during the chat (such as your full name, mailing address, e-mail address, or any other personal information about yourself or your daughter).
  3. The chats on this web site are meant as a place to discuss general health and wellness issues. If you need specific medical advice, please consult your daughter’s health care provider.

Participants must also agree to the following:

  1. I have read the rules of the chat and I agree to follow the rules
  2. I understand that I can be temporarily kicked out of the chat or permanently banned if I break these rules.
  3. I also certify that I am a parent/guardian of a teen/young woman who has been diagnosed with MRKH.

Note: Any participant who does not follow the rules listed above will be warned. After a warning, a participant who continues to disobey a rule will be removed from the chat room.