{"id":605046800690,"title":"For Hims Review: Is Gendered Healthcare Pointless?","created_at":"2023-03-11T16:25:14-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"For Hims Review: Is Gendered Healthcare Pointless?\",\n \"keywords\": \"for hims, for hims review, for hims reviews, hims, hims reviews, hims review, hims for men, for hims hair, for hims cost, for hims ed, is for hims legit\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team compares the price of the same medication on For Hims and another popular online pharmacy to give our take on whether the brand is overpriced. We also shared our concerns about gendered mental healthcare and its efficacy.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/for-hims-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to prescription medication.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eH\u003c\/span\u003eims is an online health platform for men. The brand describes their service as “personalized, doctor-backed treatment plans” and sells everything from prescription erectile dysfunction (ED) meds to hair loss meds to anxiety and depression meds.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does For Hims have better health products for men than other online health platforms or is it just branded better? How does the cost of the same medication compare between For Hims and other sites? Does gendered mental health care even make sense? And how do real users rate and describe using For Hims?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we compare the price of the same medications on For Hims and Cost Plus Drugs, which is a discount prescription medication site founded by Mark Cuban.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also share our thoughts on why gendered mental health treatment may not make sense, give our overall take on whether For Hims is worth the money and share real, unsponsored user reviews of For Hims.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs For Hims Overpriced?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor Hims prescribes generic medications, which means that the cost of these medications can be directly compared to other websites retailing the same drugs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/cost-plus-drugs-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCost Plus Drugs\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the online pharmacy with the best prices by far that we’ve come across, so we’ll use this site as a benchmark to compare drug prices to Hims.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBelow is a price comparison for five randomly-selected drugs:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFinasteride (hair loss)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHims: $22\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCost Plus Drugs: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$4.50\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSildenafil (generic for Viagra – ED)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHims: $180\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCost Plus Drugs: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$5.40\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTadalafil (generic for Cialis – ED)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHims: $225\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCost Plus Drugs: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$5.70\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePropranolol (anti-anxiety)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHims: $195\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCost Plus Drugs: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$4.20\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eValacyclovir (genital herpes)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHims: $360\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCost Plus Drugs: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$9.00\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHims ships a fixed amount of pills on a subscription basis, so to make the cost comparison equal we compared the cost per 30 tablets (which is a standard order on Cost Plus Drugs).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSo for example, Hims is currently charging $60 for 5 pills of valacyclovir at a dosage of 500 milligrams (mg). Cost Plus Drugs sells 30 pills of the same dosage of the same drug for $9. So we compared the cost of the same amount of drugs (30 capsules).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe consider Hims to be grossly overpriced.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e You can get the same drugs for sometimes under 5% of the cost on Cost Plus Drugs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut does their mental health treatment targeted to men specifically make sense? We’ll share our thoughts in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes Gendered Mental Healthcare Make Sense?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe take issue with gendered marketing of mental health medication, because we haven’t seen any indication from the FDA or in clinical research that these drugs are more effective for one sex than the other. An antidepressant like bupropion is prescribed to both men and women if they suffer from depression.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/for-hers-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor Hers reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article (another gendered online pharmacy run by the same company as For Hims), \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eour concern is that patients may be wary of using a medication that’s branded to the opposite sex, thinking it may not be effective for their sex.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSo for example, if bupropion is marketed as an antidepressant for men, women may be less likely to want to try it, even though it’s equally effective regardless of gender or sex.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe one type of mental health treatment that may be more effective with gendered solutions is therapy. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25243363\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePsychological Reports\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that women experienced better results from therapy when matched with a female therapist.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut to our knowledge, For Hims does not provide therapy. They just sell medications.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend that consumers be wary of health companies making gendered claims in regard to prescription medication.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored For Hims User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Steve Hogue claims to have experienced side effects from a medication prescribed on Hims:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/mdHH6YGB_Yk\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother YouTube creator named George Schirra used a variety of Hims products for hair loss over the course of two years, and shares his experience in this video with over 45,000 views:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/OCXezavxreg\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal For Hims Customer Complaints\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn the last three years, over 150 customers have submitted complaints about the company behind Hims on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ca\/san-francisco\/profile\/health-and-medical-products\/hims-hers-inc-1116-880029\/complaints\"\u003ewebsite\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany customer complaints related to refund issues, such as this complaint from Feburary 21st of 2023: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“The company misleads and automatically charges your card on file without any approval nor letting you know how Much its going to cost. I was shocked to be charged ****** USD over the weekend\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and when i informed them to cancel and refund me because i was unaware of this , they refused. They mislead the patients and fraudulently charge the card on file.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTo the credit of Hims \u0026amp; Hers Health Inc., they respond to every single customer complaint and try to resolve the issue, which is the sign of a high-quality brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Hair Growth Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Shampoo_Image_68b2ec20-12b3-4908-b591-f0327ee2cc2f.png?v=1691007150\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=267\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=4432\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eHappy Head Topical\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top hair growth solution.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis formulation uses FDA-approved hair loss ingredients like minoxidil which is\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/12196747\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eto increase hair count by 11%.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe brand also publishes the percentage concentration of each active ingredient, which is a sign of quality and transparency.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Happy Head Topical Finasteride \u0026amp; 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They do not appear to have funded any clinical trials proving that their approach is more effective than just taking the medications alone.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnd this brand charges huge markups on the medications they sell compared to lower-cost options like Cost Plus Drugs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Hims to be overpriced and their gendered approach to mental health treatment may confuse patients in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome customers of For Hims complain of sexual side effects from the hair loss treatments, which is why we typically recommend trying natural solutions before progressing to pharmaceutical hair loss solutions. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-03-11T16:36:34-05:00","updated_at":"2023-09-25T14:44:55-04:00","summary_html":"We compare the price of the same medication on For Hims and another popular online pharmacy to give our take on whether the brand is overpriced. We also shared our concerns about gendered mental healthcare and its efficacy.","template_suffix":"","handle":"for-hims-review","tags":"_related:men's-health, _related:online-pharmacy"}

For Hims Review: Is Gendered Healthcare Pointless?

For Hims Review: Is Gendered Healthcare Pointless?


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Hims is an online health platform for men. The brand describes their service as “personalized, doctor-backed treatment plans” and sells everything from prescription erectile dysfunction (ED) meds to hair loss meds to anxiety and depression meds.

But does For Hims have better health products for men than other online health platforms or is it just branded better? How does the cost of the same medication compare between For Hims and other sites? Does gendered mental health care even make sense? And how do real users rate and describe using For Hims?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we compare the price of the same medications on For Hims and Cost Plus Drugs, which is a discount prescription medication site founded by Mark Cuban.

We’ll also share our thoughts on why gendered mental health treatment may not make sense, give our overall take on whether For Hims is worth the money and share real, unsponsored user reviews of For Hims.

Is For Hims Overpriced?

For Hims prescribes generic medications, which means that the cost of these medications can be directly compared to other websites retailing the same drugs.

Cost Plus Drugs is the online pharmacy with the best prices by far that we’ve come across, so we’ll use this site as a benchmark to compare drug prices to Hims.

Below is a price comparison for five randomly-selected drugs:

Finasteride (hair loss)

  • Hims: $22
  • Cost Plus Drugs: $4.50

Sildenafil (generic for Viagra – ED)

  • Hims: $180
  • Cost Plus Drugs: $5.40

Tadalafil (generic for Cialis – ED)

  • Hims: $225
  • Cost Plus Drugs: $5.70

Propranolol (anti-anxiety)

  • Hims: $195
  • Cost Plus Drugs: $4.20

Valacyclovir (genital herpes)

  • Hims: $360
  • Cost Plus Drugs: $9.00

Hims ships a fixed amount of pills on a subscription basis, so to make the cost comparison equal we compared the cost per 30 tablets (which is a standard order on Cost Plus Drugs).

So for example, Hims is currently charging $60 for 5 pills of valacyclovir at a dosage of 500 milligrams (mg). Cost Plus Drugs sells 30 pills of the same dosage of the same drug for $9. So we compared the cost of the same amount of drugs (30 capsules).

We consider Hims to be grossly overpriced. You can get the same drugs for sometimes under 5% of the cost on Cost Plus Drugs.

But does their mental health treatment targeted to men specifically make sense? We’ll share our thoughts in the next section.

Does Gendered Mental Healthcare Make Sense?

We take issue with gendered marketing of mental health medication, because we haven’t seen any indication from the FDA or in clinical research that these drugs are more effective for one sex than the other. An antidepressant like bupropion is prescribed to both men and women if they suffer from depression.

As we discussed in our For Hers reviews article (another gendered online pharmacy run by the same company as For Hims), our concern is that patients may be wary of using a medication that’s branded to the opposite sex, thinking it may not be effective for their sex.

So for example, if bupropion is marketed as an antidepressant for men, women may be less likely to want to try it, even though it’s equally effective regardless of gender or sex.

The one type of mental health treatment that may be more effective with gendered solutions is therapy. A medical review published in the Psychological Reports journal found that women experienced better results from therapy when matched with a female therapist.

But to our knowledge, For Hims does not provide therapy. They just sell medications.

We recommend that consumers be wary of health companies making gendered claims in regard to prescription medication.

Real, Unsponsored For Hims User Reviews

A YouTube creator named Steve Hogue claims to have experienced side effects from a medication prescribed on Hims:

Another YouTube creator named George Schirra used a variety of Hims products for hair loss over the course of two years, and shares his experience in this video with over 45,000 views:

Real For Hims Customer Complaints

In the last three years, over 150 customers have submitted complaints about the company behind Hims on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website.

Many customer complaints related to refund issues, such as this complaint from Feburary 21st of 2023: 

“The company misleads and automatically charges your card on file without any approval nor letting you know how Much its going to cost. I was shocked to be charged ****** USD over the weekend and when i informed them to cancel and refund me because i was unaware of this , they refused. They mislead the patients and fraudulently charge the card on file.”

To the credit of Hims & Hers Health Inc., they respond to every single customer complaint and try to resolve the issue, which is the sign of a high-quality brand.

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Pros and Cons of Hims

Here are the pros and cons of Hims as a brand in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Effective, FDA-approved treatments
  • Personalized skincare may be useful

Cons:

  • Dramatically more expensive than competitors
  • Gendered mental healthcare may be confusing
  • Some users complain of sexual side effects
  • Some customers complain about the company’s billing practices
  • Unclear value proposition
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Conclusion

We do not recommend For Hims and we don’t really understand what specific value the company offers. They do not appear to have funded any clinical trials proving that their approach is more effective than just taking the medications alone.

And this brand charges huge markups on the medications they sell compared to lower-cost options like Cost Plus Drugs.

We consider Hims to be overpriced and their gendered approach to mental health treatment may confuse patients in our opinion.

Some customers of For Hims complain of sexual side effects from the hair loss treatments, which is why we typically recommend trying natural solutions before progressing to pharmaceutical hair loss solutions.