Hims is an online healthcare platform that specializes in men’s health. Launched in November 2017 with the aim of offering affordable healthcare to everyone, with no bias in terms of sex, age, or location. Two years later and Hims is regarded as of the most successful direct-to-consumer brands ever, having raised a staggering +$200 million in funding from venture capital.
In November 2018, exactly a year after their initial launch, Hims introduced Hers, which as you would expect, is a women’s health brand in November 2018. In today’s review will focus solely on Hims, their men’s health offering.
Traditionally, the “real” man does not need to take care of himself and only women need skin and other health and beauty products. Hims disagree and believe that for us to be the best version of ourselves, we need to take of every aspect of ourselves.
Hims, and their online healthcare professionals, aim to make as easy as possible to access the treatments for the conditions that affect their patients the most - premature balding, unsightly skin conditions, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation.
Hims also provide access to highly trained and fully qualified medical professionals who are able to diagnose and prescribe the appropriate treatments for a number of conditions.
As with most telemedicine platforms, before the patients can consult an online doctor, the first step for is to answer a number of questions relating to their general health, lifestyle, medical history, and the symptoms they are suffering from. all the information submitted by the patients is encrypted and then stored on a secure platform.
Once the information has been submitted, the patient is then connected with a doctor licensed in the same state. The doctor will consider the previously mentioned patient information along with any relevant info the consultation and make a diagnosis and discuss treatment options. Hims claim that their will always be a doctor available to answer any questions the patient may have.
Once a treatment has been prescribed, it will be shipped to the patient’s door. To make things even easier, the medication will be packaged so that each dose is individually wrapped.
Hims is available in the following states:
The treatments offered by Hims can be divided into 4 broad categories:
Erectile Dysfunction (also known as ED) is something that affects 40% of men by the time they turn 40. Not being able to get and main an erect penis is a common problem. Thankfully, if treated correctly it needs no longer signals the end of the affected individual’s sex. Patients diagnosed with ED by the doctors at Hims have a number of treatments that can be prescribed. ED medication can be ordered online and delivered to the patient’s door.
Tadalafil (Generic Cialis®)
Tadalafil, the generic version of Cialis, improves blood flow to the penis by relaxing blood vessels and certain muscles. In most cases, a single 5mg pill is prescribed and should be taken at the same time every day. The benefit of a daily dose is that the patient can get hard and enjoy sex at any point in the day rather than with certain alternatives which dictate that it should be taken an hour before sex, removing the spontaneity, and often excitement that usually comes with spur-of-the-moment intercourse. However, the treatment usually needs to build up in the patient’s system for 4-5 days before its effects can be felt.
This is an FDA approved treatment for ED that is popular thanks to the fact that it is only a quarter of the cost when compared to it competition.
Viagra® (Sildenafil Citrate)
Known around the world as the little blue pill that has changed sex forever, it was the first pharmaceutical treatment for ED. Pricing starts at $425.
Costs for Generic Sildenafil. Pricing starts at $30 while Viagra starts at $425.
Only needing to be taken 15 minutes before sex, this is the fastest acting option available today and is effective for up to 6 hours. Treatment costs start at $175.
Premature Ejaculation is a condition that is the result of a hypersensitive penis which results in an individual ejaculating in a matter of moments during any form of sexual interaction.
Topical Numbing Spray
This spray contains lidocaine, which reduces sensitivity to the applied area without removing sensation entirely. 5-10 before sex, the spray should be applied to the most sensitive areas of the penis. Unlike other topical treatments, the spray is absorbed into the skin, which removes the possibility of transferring efficacy to the partner.
Sertraline (Generic Zoloft)
This treatment allows men to maintain an erection for longer and should be taken as needed to extend the period before the climax. If a patient is prescribed Sertraline, they will receive 5 x 50mg tablets in a monthly package. Sertraline is only prescribed if topical treatments prove ineffective. A dose should be taken 4-8 hours before having sex. Treatment starts at $29 per month.
The Premature Ejaculation Kit
The kit contains both Sertraline and Premature Ejaculation Spray at a price that is cheaper than if the two products were purchased on their own.
One sure sign of balding is finding more hair on your hairbrush every day. Once you are bald, there is no going back. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to restore your crowning glory before it is too late
This is a treatment used by patients diagnosed with male pattern baldness, with hair loss usually centered at the crown and middle of the scalp. Regular use of Finasteride promotes thicker hair growth and slows the rate of hair loss. Priced from $28.50.
This topical treatment should be used once a day. It encourages hair replacing old strands of hair with new ones by dilating blood and increasing the blood flow to the brain.
Hair Loss Shampoo
This shampoo reduces the amount of DHT, which is a hormone that can cause hair loss, as well as increase volume and moisture. Starts at $19.
Hair Loss Conditioner
We all know that a shampoo is only as good as its conditioner. This anti-hair loss conditioner contains niacinamide and promotes the healthy growth of the hair. It can also be applied after the Hair Loss Shampoo to boost the moisture of the hair.
Biotin Gummy Vitamin
Containing Vitamin B7in edible gummy form, this treatment encourages thicker hair, stronger nails, better skin and increases the levels nutrients known to be beneficial to the heart, nerves, and digestion. Costs $16.
Biotin Gummy Vitamin - encourages thicker hair, stronger nails, better skin
Propranolol - prescribed to help control the physical symptoms of performance anxiety
Sleep Gummy Vitamins – a tasty helping hand for those restless nights
Immunity Gummy Vitamins – boosts the immune system, keeping you fighting fit
Heart Gummy Vitamins – keeps the heart in good shape
We believe, based on their rapid expansion, the $200 million in venture capital they have attracted and the useful service they offer that democratizes access to quality healthcare that both telemedicine and Hims (& Hers) are here to stay and will play an increasingly vital in American healthcare.