August 07, 2020

Senators Warren and Perdue Lead Senate Colleagues in Reintroducing Bipartisan Resolution Designating September 2020 as "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month"

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a complex hormonal, metabolic, and reproductive disorder that affects between 5 and 10 million women in the United States.

Text of the Resolution (PDF)

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) reintroduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the seriousness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and expressing support for the designation of September as PCOS Awareness Month. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Susan Collins (D-Maine.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) co-sponsored the resolution.

"Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has affected the lives of millions of women and girls across the United States, and it is imperative that we bring awareness to the disorder and support those impacted," said Senator Warren. "For the past three years, my colleagues and I have introduced this resolution in the U.S. Senate to raise awareness about the need for further research, improved treatment, and a cure so that women and girls can lead healthier lives."

"PCOS is a serious condition that affects more than 200,000 women in the state of Georgia and can lead to other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Raising awareness is the first step in preventing further health risks and improving care and research," said Senator Perdue.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a complex hormonal, metabolic, and reproductive disorder that affects between 5 and 10 million women and girls in the United States. PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder among women and is a leading cause of infertility. PCOS symptoms include infertility, irregular menstrual periods, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, weight gain, excessive facial and body hair growth, and mental health problems. Women with PCOS often suffer from psychosocial disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders and have a higher risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and fatty liver disease. Some studies have shown that suicide attempts are up to 7 times more common in women with PCOS than other women due to the disorder's anxiety and depression symptoms. There is currently no cure for PCOS, and half of the women and girls living with the syndrome are undiagnosed.

The resolution, which highlights the symptoms and prevalence of PCOS, resolves that the Senate expresses support for increasing awareness of the disorder, improving PCOS diagnosis and treatment, and improving the quality of life of women and girls living with PCOS. The resolution also recognizes the need for further research on PCOS and urges medical researchers and health care professionals to advance their understanding of the disorder.

Senators Warren and Perdue first introduced this resolution in November 2017 along with Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). Senator Warren and Perdue reintroduced the resolution in 2019.