PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association worked with Congressman David Scott (GA-13) and 20 other leaders to introduce Resolution H.Res.495 in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.Res.495 recognizes the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the need for further research, improved treatment and care options, and for a cure for PCOS. It also designates September as PCOS Awareness Month. This historic and bipartisan effort represents the first time there has been a central focus on PCOS in the U.S. Congress.
ABOUT POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME
PCOS is one of the most pervasive and underserved public health issues that threatens the mental and physical health, and quality of life of girls, women and their families. The disorder can lead to infertility, lifelong complications and the most common causes of death in women including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. This resolution is critically important because more than 50% of women with PCOS are going undiagnosed. Awareness, early diagnosis and intervention and research can help to prevent or lessen the complications and progression of serious chronic illnesses connected to PCOS. It is imperative that we make PCOS a public health priority and encourage our respective Representatives to cosponsor Resolution H.Res.495.
NEXT STEP – WE NEED YOUR HELP!
To move H.Res.495 forward and out of committee, your Representative needs to hear from you and your family to understand why PCOS is a critically important issue. As a constituent, you have a powerful story to tell about your own experience with PCOS or that of someone close to you.
- Identify your Representative at www.house.gov by your address and zip code.
- If your Representative is not already cosponsoring the Resolution (See the upper right corner of this page), call your Representative’s office and ask to speak to the Health Legislative Assistant. Tell that staffer that you would like your Representative to cosponsor H.Res.495
- Ask the staff member you speak with for his/her email address. Send him/her a short email (template below) following your call that is addressed to the Representative. Personalize this email to tell your story and the story of your loved ones.
- After you talk to the office, look up their Congressional website, find their Twitter address, and tweet the following message to their address: “@[Member of Congress Twitter Address] Please cosponsor #HRes495 Join @PCOSChallenge & support women & families affected by #PCOS in our District #PrioritizePCOS
WHAT’S THE MESSAGE DURING MY CALL
- I am calling to ask for the Representative to cosponsor H.Res.495. This is a bipartisan resolution that can help tens of thousands of women and families affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in our District.
- In the United States, 5 to 10 million women and girls are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS has a profound impact on families and women and girls with the disorder throughout their entire lives. Additionally, many women with PCOS are going undiagnosed and are at risk for serious life-threatening related conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- The purpose of the resolution is to raise awareness about PCOS, encourage health care professionals to become more knowledgeable about the disorder, and to help women and girls get the care they need.
- This resolution is important to me because [SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE OR THE EXPERIENCE OF SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU].
- I will send you a follow-up email. Please consider cosponsoring this important resolution. Thank you.
WHAT SHOULD I SAY IN MY EMAIL
- You can restate the points above and be sure to personalize your message.
- Next, EMAIL your message (don’t mail it) to the person you spoke with in the office. Email addresses in the House of Representatives are firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU CAN ALSO FIND AND FAX YOUR REPRESENTATIVE USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE
IN UNDER 5 MINUTES
- On your mobile phone, text RESIST to 50409. No downloads or apps required.
- Complete the prompts to find your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives and to complete your message. It’s fast and easy! (Important note: If you are given only your 2 senators, text “Resist” a second time to get your House Representative.)
- Ask your House Representative to please cosponsor H.Res.495. Then explain why PCOS is an important issue for you, or someone close to you, and why we need your Representative’s support.
- Have the Resistbot service send your message as a fax to your Representative.
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large]
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]
Rep. Marshall, Roger W. [R-KS-1]
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]
Rep.Young, David [R-IA-3]
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10]
Other Organizations Supporting H.Res.495
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American Electrology Association
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Androgen Excess and PCOS Society
Hormone Health Network
National Eating Disorders Association
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Society for Women’s Health Research
The White Dress Project
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation