Sending Office: Honorable David Scott
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Cosponsor H. Res. 495 to designate September as PCOS Awareness Month
Cosponsors: Eshoo*, Jackson Lee*, Gonzalez-Colon*, Clark (NY)*, Marshall*, Kelly*, Evans*, Larsen*, Norton*, Roybal-Allard*, Butterfield*, Watson Coleman*, Lewis*, Kaptur*, Cohen*, Bishop*, Johnson*, Ros-Lehtinen*,
Fudge*, Speier*, Young, Comstock, Lee, Grijalva, Pingree, C. Maloney, Hastings, Bernice Johnson, McGovern, Garrett, Lawson, Beatty, Sewell, LoBiondo, Kuster, King (NY), Boyle, Schakowsky
Supported by: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Endocrine Society, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, American Electrology Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Androgen Excess and PCOS Society,
Hormone Health Network, National Eating Disorders Association, Preeclampsia Foundation, Society for Women’s Health Research, Endometriosis Association, The White Dress Project, Tinina Q. Cade Foundation
I urge you to join us by cosponsoring H. Res. 495, recognizing the seriousness of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and designating September as PCOS Awareness Month.
PCOS is a serious health problem that affects 5 to 10 million American women and girls. There is no cure for PCOS, making it a life-long condition, often affecting girls from the onset of puberty. Symptoms of PCOS include infertility, insulin resistance,
acne, weight gain, thinning scalp hair, excessive facial and body hair growth, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, and mental health problems.
Women with PCOS constitute the largest group of women at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that during patients’ reproductive years, the cost of PCOS to the U.S. health care
system is about $4.3 billion a year. The estimate does not include treatment of the comorbidities of PCOS like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, PCOS is the most common cause female infertility, and many women do not find out that they have PCOS until they have trouble getting pregnant. PCOS in pregnancy is associated with increased risk of preeclampsia, preterm delivery, cesarean delivery,
miscarriage, and fetal and infant death.
Despite PCOS affecting up to 15 percent of women and girls, most Americans, including healthcare professionals, are uninformed about the condition. That is why I ask you to join us in recognizing September as PCOS Awareness Month to shed light on this serious,
life-long disease. If you would like to sign onto the resolution, please contact Martha Cramer in my office at 5-2939 or Martha.Cramer@mail.house.gov.
Member of Congress
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