On Nov. 16, Senate Resolution 336 was introduced in the U.S. Senate to highlight the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Recognizing that many of the women and girls who have PCOS also have obstructive sleep apnea, the AASM is supporting the National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association (PCOS Challenge) in its efforts to promote S.Res. 336 and the companion House Resolution (H.Res. 495). Both resolutions express support for the designation of the month of September as ‘‘PCOS Awareness Month.”

PCOS is a genetic, reproductive, hormonal and metabolic disorder that affects an estimated five to 10 million women and girls in the U.S. Research shows a significant association between PCOS and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adult patients, and there is a higher prevalence of OSA in obese girls with PCOS.

To discuss collaborative opportunities to address issues related to sleep and women’s health, please call AASM advocacy staff at (630) 737-9700.

Updated Nov. 22, 2017