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NHS Refuse PCOS Laser Hair Removal

in the newsThe NHS has hit the news with its refusal of laser hair removal for a woman who has to shave 3 times a day due to excessive hair growth caused by PCOS.

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, can cause the hair on the face and/or body to grow both fast and quickly.

Patient Cheryl Howe, who was diagnosed with the hormonal condition at the age of just 12, shaves 3 times a day to keep on top of hair growth on her face, stomach and breasts. She says she spends £2k a year on razors and shaving cream.

After a 10 year wait, she underwent a successful trial for laser hair removal, but then discovered that she had been removed from the waiting list as her treatment was classed as ‘cosmetic’.

Cheryl explains:

“I am absolutely heartbroken. This horrid condition has dictated my entire life and gets too much for any man to handle. They can’t deal with the fact that I can grow a beard quicker than they can.”

“After a 10 year wait to have my voice heard and my condition treated on some level, I finally thought I was going to become a real woman. But was then shunned because my treatment was cosmetic.”

“I am no different to a burns victim or a woman seeking breast implants to enhance her confidence. I feel completely devastated, and can’t help but wonder if I will ever have the chance to love my body, as I never have because of the condition.

“‘This isn’t cosmetic. I have a disfigurement. It’s horrendous I’ve had to wait so long for treatment. All my life I have been the punchline, the easy target.”

“I don’t understand how the NHS can just push me aside without a second thought after I have waited on a list for almost 10 excruciating years. It took me constantly begging my dermatologist to be placed on the list in the first place and I have patiently waited my turn, despite fighting cruel comments whenever I leave my house, combatting online trolls and battling a horde of horrific health problems along the way.”

A spokesman for NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“The CCG has a limited amount of money to spend, and has a public duty to spend this appropriately across the range of health care needs. In all cases the decision made by the panel is based on the clinical effectiveness of the procedure for a particular patient and not on financial grounds.”

Cheryl added

“There is a serious lack of understanding of the condition, despite it affecting 1 in 3 women around the world. This urgently needs to change, because too many women are forced to suffer in so many ways, yet have nowhere to turn and no support from professionals.”

Article in full www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal isn’t all about the cosmetic or convenience benefits. For patients who suffer with excessive hair growth due to hormonal conditions like PCOS, it offers long-lasting hair reduction by destroying the hair follicles, significantly reducing the maintenance required.

Laser hair removal centres such as Quinn Clinics based in Bristol see and treat many patients who are struggling with excessive hair growth, which is especially bothersome when it is visible on the face.


Quinn Clinics’ laser hair removal centre in Clifton offers advanced laser hair removal with a choice of two systems and experienced laser hair technicians. As the clinic is owned and managed by a practising doctor, standards are high and patients are in safe hands.


While many competitors charge for the initial consultation, at Quinn Clinics there is a free consultation to enable patients to find out more without any pressure.

Quinn Clinics’ laser hair removal centre in Clifton offers a choice of 2 state of the art laser hair removal machines which offer options for the face or body, even delicate areas.

68, Oakfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BG.
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 924 4592

Email: info@quinnclinics.co.uk

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