Sending Office: Honorable David Scott
Sent By:
Ijeoma.Egekeze@mail.house.gov

Support Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month

Cosponsors (87): Reps. Anthony Brown, Gwen Moore, Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Lewis, Sheila Jackson Lee, Yvette Clarke, Dwight Evans, Hank Johnson, Jr., Robin Kelly, Bennie G. Thompson, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Lucy McBath,
Donald Payne, Jr., Joyce Beatty, Bobby Rush, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Gregory Meeks,
Roger Marshall, Ruben Gallego, Will Hurd, Gerald Connolly, Elise Stefanik,
Eliot Engel, David McKinley, Raul Grijalva, Mike Gallagher,
Scott Peters, Doug Lamborn, Bill Foster, Brian Fitzpatrick, Zoe Lofgren,
Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Collin Peterson, Ted Lieu, Julia Brownley, Mark Pocan, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jamie Raskin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jackie Speier, Thomas Suozzi, Brendan Boyle, Jan Schakowsky, Chellie Pingree, Jefferson Van Drew, Ann Kuster,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gilbert Ray Cisneros, Jr., Susan Davis, Daniel Lipinski, Seth Moulton, Adam Schiff, Steve Cohen, Tim Ryan, John Yarmuth, Jared Huffman, Sean Patrick Maloney, James McGovern, Earl Blumenauer, Andy Biggs, Salud Carbajal,
Drew Ferguson, Chris Collins, Rick Larsen, Rick Allen, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Rashida Tlaib, Judy Chu, Abby Finkenauer,
Vicky Hartzler, Jeff Fortenberry, James Himes, Nanette Diaz Barragan,
Kenny Marchant,
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Albio Sires, Andy Kim, Mary Gay Scanlon, Andy Levin, Abigail Spanberger, Barbara Lee,
Peter T. King, and Lucille Roybal-Allard, G.K. Butterfield, Bruce Westerman, Stephanie Murphy, and Carolyn B. Maloney.

 

Dear Colleague:

I urge you to join in recognizing September 2019 as PCOS Awareness Month.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects over 10 million women and girls in the United States. Currently, there is no cure for PCOS and women living with this disorder experience symptoms like insulin resistance, menstrual irregularities,
weight gain, thinning scalp hair, and depression during puberty and throughout their lives.

Increasing awareness about polycystic ovary syndrome is critical to our efforts to address the national maternal mortality crisis and prevent pregnancy-related deaths. Pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to develop preeclampsia
(pregnancy-related hypertension) and have emergency C-sections.Without access to quality prenatal care, many African American women with PCOS are not diagnosed until they have trouble getting pregnant or experience dangerous pregnancy complications. PCOS can
also cause female infertility. Many women living with the disorder often have miscarriages or premature deliveries.

Few healthcare providers are familiar with this condition and women living with PCOS are often misdiagnosed or have their symptoms ignored. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50% of women with PCOS develop Type 2 Diabetes or prediabetes
by the age of 40 and are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Women and girls with this disorder are also at higher risk for uterine cancer, liver disease, and suicide. 

I ask you to join me in recognizing September 2019 as PCOS Awareness Month to help highlight this important, yet overlooked, women’s health issue. If you would like to cosponsor this resolution (H.Res. 146), please contact Ijeoma Egekeze in my office at ijeoma.egekeze@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

David Scott                                                                                                   

Member of Congress               

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