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PCOS & Bariatric Surgery

Posted by Lauren A Morris on May 12, 2017 at 11:28am 8 Comments

I have done a lot of research over the last year about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Bariatric Surgery. From what I understand, it does relieve a great deal of symptoms in cases of morbid obesity and can restore fertility in otherwise infertile patients. It is not a cure…



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PCOS Awareness Weekend 2017 - Atlanta Highlights

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month! PCOS Challenge, Inc. and Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority held PCOS Awareness Weekend 2017 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on September 16-17th. The weekend’s events included the fifth annual Atlanta PCOS Awareness Symposium and the ninth annual Bolt for PCOS 5K Run Walk.

Contact Your Congressperson to Cosponsor H.Res.495 PCOSChallenge.org/prioritize-pcos

PCOS Challenge 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.

This is a critical call to action for all women and families affected by PCOS and for their supporters to help get H.Res.495 passed. If your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives is not already cosponsoring H.Res.495. Please take 4 minutes to contact your Congressperson and ask him/her to cosponsor the resolution. You'll find a list of the current cosponsors at PCOSChallenge.org/prioritize-pcos.

  1. On your mobile phone, text RESIST to 50409 (or message Resistbot on Facebook). No downloads or apps required.
  2. Complete the prompts to find your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives and to complete your message. It's fast and easy! (When you are given your 2 senators, text "Resist" a second time to get your House Representative.)
  3. 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.
  4. Have Resistbot send your message as a fax to your Representative.
  5. You will also find instructions on how to call and email your Representative to request he/she cosponsor H.Res.495 at PCOSChallenge.org/prioritize-pcos.

Let your voice be heard! Thank you for your action and helping to change the future for millions of women and girls with PCOS.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 15% of women, yet most people are uninformed about the condition. PCOS is a genetic, hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder that can lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, infertility and endometrial cancer. PCOS is the leading cause of infertility and the most common endocrine disorder in younger women. There is no cure for PCOS; therefore it is a life-long condition, and people need to be informed about managing PCOS and all the symptoms associated with it.

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PCOS Challenge, Inc. is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advancing the cause for women and girls with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, serving 40,000 members. We touch the lives of women with PCOS and their supporters each year through cable television and radio programming, online and offline support groups, and education and awareness initiatives. Since our programs began in 2009, we've helped many women find answers that have helped them overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for life-threatening related conditions.


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