It has been said that about two-thirds of American men will observe hair loss by the age of 35, and by the age of 50, approximately 85% of men will experience significant hair loss [R]. As well, Cleveland Clinic said that approximately 1 in 10 adults males suffer from long-term erectile dysfunction (ED). [R]
Although hair loss and ED are very extremely common, most men do not want to discuss the issues with their doctors. After all, hair and boner are often associated with masculinity, confidence, self-image, and identity.
Now, Silicon Valley may have the answer for these guys. There’s a new subscription service called Hims (http://www.forhims.com), a direct-to-consumer wellness company dedicated to selling products to treat male baldness and erection problems.
Here’s how it works: you fill out a questionnaire online. After a consultation with one of the company-affiliated doctors on Hims site, you get the meds sent to your doorstep. Every month, they send you new orders until you cancel.
According to the founder Andrew Dudum, Hims offer “a full range of medical-grade products at an affordable price point, and hassle-free access to doctors from leading universities like Harvard and Stanford”.
Hims Hair Kit Pricing and Reviews
Here’s is a list of main products in hair loss category, and what they do:
Finasteride ($28.50, 30 x 1mg pills): it’s commonly branded as Propecia, and Donald Trump is allegedly an avid user. The drug is prescribed to treat male pattern baldness. It helps to reduce the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, a key chemical responsible for male hair loss) thus reversing hair loss. As well, early evidence shows that Finasteride can effectively stimulate new hair growth. [R] [R]
However, few users may experience one or more sexual consequences, including failure to ejaculate, loss of libido and sex drive, problems with orgasm, impotence. These side effects may persist even after you stop taking Finasteride. [R]
It seems ironic, isn’t it? Men take Finasteride to restore their hair and often to improve their dating lives, but it may in turns steal their manhood. The good news is: the side effects are quite uncommon (according to studies), though men who are infertile are advised to stay away from the drug [R].
It’s also important to note that Finasteride is only effective while you take it. According to scientific reviews [R], once you discontinue Finasteride, the hair loss prevention effects of the drug stop.
Minoxidil ($13/ 2 fl oz /5%) – it’s also known as Rogaine. When Minoxidil is applied to the problem areas, it widens the blood vessels and increases size of the scalp. This allows more blood, nutrients and oxygen to reach the follicle, eventually leading to new hair growth [R].
As well, Minoxidil needs to be used continuously to sustain hair growth.
Cat owners should be approach Minoxidil with extra caution. Minoxidil is poisonous to cats [R]. Make sure your cats don’t come in direct contact with Minoxidil.
DHT Blocker Shampoo ($11 / 8 oz) – contains a list of beneficial ingredients (you can refer to the label here). Although there are many positive reviews on DHT blocker shampoo, the results are largely anecdotal. To date, there is no scientific evidence to support the claims.
Vitamins supplements ($16) – the Hims multivitamin supplement include Vitamin C, D, B6 & B12. It’s a bit overpriced in my opinions.
[Note: the above products are available separately or in the monthly package priced at $42]
Hims ED Kit Reviews
There’s only one product in Hims ED category: Sildenafil. It’s priced at $20 monthly for the supply of 10 x 20mg pills (or as prescribed by the doctor). Sildenafil is the active ingredients of Viagra and it’s proven to be effective in treating erectile dysfunction [R]. Note that Sildenafil may interact with other medications, herbs or vitamin supplements you are taking. Make sure your doctors are well informed of what you are taking.
The common side effects of Sildenafil are: dizziness, painful erection, headache, flushing, stomach upset and blurred vision.
1. The drugs sold via Hims are cheaper than the retail cost. They are much more affordable to the average people.
2. The packaging for Hims is subtle and discrete.
1. There’s no doctor-patient relationship. As well, the risk of misdiagnosis is higher.
2. Lack of follow-up and long-term monitoring from the physicians.
3. You need to take the products consistently to make them work for you. This can be costly in the long run.
What you need to know
1. Hims has a no refund policy. (see their terms and conditions)
2. Hims does not accept insurance
3. Note that not all states allow telemedicine. You will want to make sure you are treated by doctors licensed in your states.
4. Hair loss and erection do not define your masculinity. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
5. If you do not have ED, do not take the ED pills. It may actually result in ED.
Unlike the snake oil salesmen operating in the similar market sphere, the company behind Hims is real and totally legit. Since its launch in 2017, Hims has sold more than $10 million worth of products for baldness and boner issues. The online reputation of Hims has been largely positive. Most customers are pleased with their service and products.
Before you subscribe to Hims, I urge you to meet your primary care doctor first to determine if your hair loss or ED are signs of more serious underlying medical conditions – such as heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. More often than not, erection issues are caused by anxiety, not a medical one – especially among the young men, the target customers of Hims. For men with psychological ED, therapy may be a better option.