Hims follows the telemedicine model, which allows people to seek medical care from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
Rather than having to schedule an appointment, go to a doctor's office, have a (potentially awkward) face-to-face conversation, and picking up a prescription from the pharmacy later, Hims offers both prescription and OTC medications over the internet.
Their products are all centered toward men's health and wellness, and their mission is to help men, who are more likely than women to avoid doctor visits, to get the care they need to look and feel their best.
After you fill your shopping cart and put in your payment information, you'll be asked to fill out a questionnaire if you're ordering any prescription medications.
Your answers will be reviewed by a licensed, board-certified doctor. If the doctor agrees that the medication will be safe and helpful for you, you'll get a package with your products mailed right to your door.
The site offers products for five different categories: hair, sex, skin, mouth, and well-being.
The hair section is a mix of prescription and OTC products, mostly centered around preventing or slowing male pattern baldness. It includes pills, topical solutions, shampoo, conditioner, and multivitamins designed to help men keep their hair longer.
The sex section focuses on erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Most of the products are prescription pills, but there's also an OTC topical solution to reduce sensation in the penis to prevent premature ejaculation.
There are a variety of skin products, mostly marketed toward anti-aging and anti-wrinkle. The prescription-strength ingredients are primarily used for acne relief, and many of their products are sold in packs, with several products included.
About 90% of adults carry the HSV-1 virus that causes cold sores, and Hims offers a prescription cold sore medication to get rid of those obnoxious blisters.
As for well-being, the site offers propranolol, a beta-blocker that's frequently prescribed off-label for anxiety disorders like PTSD and OCD. Hims markets the drug as an easy solution when you need an extra boost of confidence, like before a big work presentation or a first date.
Many of the products are available on a subscription basis, meaning you'll get a new bottle of your meds each month. You can always pause your subscription if you haven't used up all of last month's supply by the time the next month comes around.
Hims offers some pretty steep discounts off retail prices for some of their medications. Finasteride, the prescription hair loss medication, retails for about $50 for a one-month supply. Hims sells the same amount for under $30.
Other drugs are closer to market price, but you get the advantage of being able to order it from your own home, saving you the time and transportation costs of travelling to the doctor and pharmacy.
I'm a big fan of Hims' business model. I think it's great that people can find easier access to medication. Especially for people who live in rural areas or places where there aren't many doctors, telemedicine companies like Hims offer a wonderful alternative to traditional healthcare.
I was initially skeptical of some of the products that they sell--Sertraline, for instance, is a psychiatric medication that Hims prescribes off-label to treat premature ejaculation. But after doing some research, there's actually a sizeable amount of medical literature backing up Hims' claims.
They're definitely on top of the latest advances in medical research, and they're bringing those data directly to the consumer--you!
Plus, the convenience and comfort of not having to look your doctor in the eye when talking about erectile dysfunction are benefits worth their weight in gold.
I also love that the site aims their products directly toward men. There are countless skin and hair products on the market, but it's primarily a women's market, which is ridiculous because skin care is for everyone, regardless of gender. I'm excited that this company is encouraging men to take charge of their own well-being.
There are always risks with telemedicine compared with traditional medicine.
Your vital signs (like pulse and blood pressure) are self-reported, meaning it's on you to take your own pulse or remember those two numbers you heard at your last doctor's visit.
Plus, it's sometimes easier to explain complicated part of your medical history or questions in person to a live doctor, rather than typing into a chat box.
Finally, Hims is a commercially driven venture, and their goal, unlike your doctor's goal, is to sell you their product.
Be a conscientious consumer and do your own research rather than taking everything Hims says about their products as gospel.
And if you aren't sure about something, trust your gut and visit your doctor. The inconvenience and embarrassment is worth it--your health is too precious to risk.
If you're struggling with any of the wide variety of issues that Hims' products addresses, from male pattern baldness to erectile dysfunction, the site is worth checking out.
I encourage you to be careful about what you put in (and on) your body, especially if you have particular health risks or needs.
But, healthy caution aside, Hims makes it easy for you to get the products that you need to bring your sexy back and make your life better. I'm giving Hims a 4/5.