Cheryl’s fight for treatment

Cheryl Howe, who is raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome on a televsion programme.
Cheryl Howe, who is raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome on a televsion programme.
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A WOMAN who suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome is campaigning for treatment for herself and others whose lives are blighted by the condition.

Cheryl Howe, 29, of Clarence Street, Morecambe, who has to shave constantly because of PCOS, wants HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) tablets but claims no doctor will prescribe them.

Her mum Sharon Monks said: “Men can get drugs to grow a bust and stop shaving to go through the sex change but if the NHS can fork out for that, why not for a woman to be a woman?”

Cheryl said: “I want to be a girl while I’ve still got chance to be a girl for a little while.

“All we’re asking for is HRT tablets. I’ve done research and in America, girls are getting the tablets for fun.

“I just need five tablets and the hair will never grow back.

“I have to use 14 razors a week and it gets really sore.”

If she could have a course of tablets, which cost £10,000, it would eradicate her excess hair for good.

However, in the UK, she says, no doctor will prescribe the tablets.

From birth, Cheryl’s mum Sharon said she was the hairiest baby she had ever seen.

Cheryl said: “As far back as I can remember my arms and legs have always been very black and hairy.

“My delicate area was covered in hair since I was about six or seven but I just thought it was normal.

“In my last year at primary school we started going swimming and in the changing rooms the other girls teased me quite badly, calling me names like gorilla, monkey, and planet of the apes.

“They would sing the jungle book song at me.

“I was about eight-years-old when I got my first period which I was also teased about as I was the first and they didn’t understand when we went swimming that I had to sit out and wasn’t able to take part.”

See The Visitor (21-02-12) for full story.